5 Ways to Keep the House Clean and Farm

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When you have a full-time 9-5 job and full-time farmstead, keeping the house clean and smelling less like the barn can be a struggle. I wrote a blog spot earlier about this not being a part time job. I am sure many of my fellow farmHER’s out there can agree!! There are weeks you just let things slip… until you realize you are out of underwear… oops! Ha. Then, there are weeks that you feel on top of the world, like you can do anything!! The house is clean, laundry is folded and put away, you have a candle burning… ahhh let us all take a moment of silence for this serenity!!

BUT. The overwhelming, anxious, failure, type feelings come creeping back in and the barn is actually cleaner the house. AGAIN! Ugh, how could I let this happen?? Girl, I get you! The reality is, the farm is more important than a clean house and we all know this. That is why we let it slip.

In an attempt to easily, quickly, and effortlessly keep my house as clean as possible during some of the busiest seasons, I have established a routine that incorporates the following 5 things…

1. Laundry Every Day

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What?? You mean I don’t have to do 50 loads of laundry on Sunday night and let the clean clothes pile up on the couch until next Sunday when we have worn them all so now the cycle just repeats?! Oh.

Every night, I add one load of laundry to the washer. In the morning, I move it to the dryer. I go to work. That evening, I fold the clothes directly from the dryer. This is a big one for me. I find I am more likely to put the clothes away if I fold them directly from the dryer. Before we go to bed, I take that one load to our bedroom and put the clothes away.

BOOM! Laundry done. And it was so easy. Now, for those of you that maybe have limited time in the morning, you can change this up as you need to.

2. Wash Dishes Every Night

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I have a dishwasher but this can be used if you are washing dishes by hand also!

Every morning I unload the clean dishes from the dishwasher while I am cooking my breakfast. From there, anytime the rest of the day there is a dirty dish that needs washed, we rinse it out and add it to the dishwasher. That night, I let the dishwasher do the work while we sleep!!

Amazing! How great is that?! Sometimes I do get a little rushed in the morning so I switch around the routine… turn on when I leave for work and unload that night. Whatever gets the job done.

3. Meal Prep

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Does anyone else feel like the phrase “meal prep” is the most anxiety driven phrase a mom can hear?? The cute pictures you see, the recipes, the shopping list… it is so time consuming. And us farmHER’s do not have a lot of that just laying around.

So, stop right there! Meal prep does not need to be anything more than setting out meat to thaw during the day for dinner, then pair a veggie and a starch to finish the food pyramid and popping it into the Instapot for 10 minutes. If you are looking for lunch options, choose lunches and snacks that can be pieced together. For example, a chicken salad sandwich with an apple.

Meal prepping does not have to be super elaborate, it just needs to feed you!

4. Roomba

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I was against getting a Roomba for a long time! I kept saying I was women enough to sweep my own floors. Well, my husband had a little pow wow with my in-laws and they got us one for Christmas. Oh. My. Lanta. It is a life changer!!

We have a Hunter. He is an 8 year old Collie-Aussie that sheds constantly!!! And no, I did not tourture him to take that picture, he just hates the camera.. Anyway, we have hard wood floors in our whole house, except for the living room. Guess where Hunter’s hair loves to stick?? Yeah… the living room!

So, every 3rd night while I sleep and hubs is at the firehouse, I turn that sucker on and it goes “Du Do DOO” and starts cleaning my house for me!!!! *GASP* I wake up in the morning to those glorifying marks in the carpet! Ahh… yes!

You can buy Amazon’s Editors Choice Roomba here.

5. Let It Be

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Sometimes life just gets busy. Especially for us farmHER’s!! When life is a bundle of clustered yarn, take care of what needs to be done and clean the house later. It will not end the world, I promise!!

I hope you are able to use these 5 ways to keep your house clean and still farm like I have. It has made my life seem less chaotic and has taken a lot of the stress of needing to be a “housewife” off my shoulders.

Comment below or shoot me a message to share what tips and tricks you use for keeping your family and home sane!

One Large Family Operation

One family farm, two farms, two different names.

Olivia’s family has been selling meat product to the community for years now. As a hardworking farm girl, Olivia wanted to take that passion and put it into her marriage. Thus, a close partnership for Golliher Meats and Schoentrup Farms has formed.

Although the farms are miles apart, we all work together to breed, feed, and sell our product. We want people to know that, as a team, we are in it for the long haul. We are very transparent, people are allowed to come out and see how our animals are raised.

Paul and Olivia both working full-time jobs and maintain a farm full-time. It takes a team to feed the animals, take them to market, and to keep up with the infrastructure as we grow. Due to our hectic schedules, we heavily rely on family to help with what needs to be done on the farm. It is incredible to show our customers that while promoting local agriculture, this is a small farm.

We are blessed and amazed for the support we have. Being able to share our passion with our community is something we do not take lightly. We are committed to the continuity of transparency and authenticity.43604354_1957301607682462_5860905401389678592_n

This Isn’t a Part-Time Job

Hello!!! If you’re new here, Schoentrup Farms is a small farm outside Shelbyville, IN. The employees consist of a husband, a wife, and a great farm dog named Hunter. We are full of many wonderful animals. Currently we have 7 laying hens, and 3 cows and 4 calves.

 

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Not only are we just starting our farm, but we also have full time jobs outside of farming. If you know anything about farming, it’s not just a hobby or a side gig. It takes time, and a whole lot of effort!! Farming is a hard job simply by itself! You don’t just feed, or plant, or harvest.

 

For Paul and Olivia, mornings start before the sun comes up. During the summer while the broilers are on farm, the older batch of meat chickens need to be moved, they need fresh feed, and fresh water. Sometimes the cows need hay and fresh water. The younger batch of meat chickens also need fresh feed and fresh water. The calves now have their own feed to help their stomach develop properly so they usually need fresh feed as well. The farm dog himself needs his breakfast as well! Then finally, the humans get to eat!

 

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During the day, we are at our day jobs. Paul is now a working for the local fire department where he works for 24 hours at a time and then is off for 48 hours. Olivia works at a bank all day but still barely gets home in time to make dinner and then help with the nightly chores.

 

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At night, we are in the barning until after dark at times, feeding and watering again, setting up fencing or preparing for the next day. By this time, the day has stretched long past 16 hours.

 

So farming isn’t a hobby or a quick fix way to get some extra cash. It’s not even simply having cows because we dream of owning our very own herd one day (but maybe that’s part of it! Ha). Farming is a second full time job that we hardly have enough time for. But at the end of the day, we love our busy lifestyle that we have personally chosen. We thoroughly enjoy taking care of all of our animals, ensuring that they are the happiest they could be.

 

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We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful farm life that only few can have these days. We share our extra responsibilities with you to show you that our products don’t just taste great products, but that they are made with tinder love and care. We don’t just sell a product, we work for our product, we believe in our product.

 

If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to browse around our website. You can order some product or just get to know us a little better! Either way, thank you for being here, we hope to see you around!

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The Hardest Thing We’ve Ever Done

Wow. This past week was rough!

If you are new to my page, I am Olivia Schoentrup. I grew up on a small cattle farm in Indiana. I showed cattle in 4-H, I helped raise show cattle with my dad. I helped many laboring mothers have calves they would have given up on. I had to sell the animal I raised, knowing their purpose in life was to feed millions. I have assisted on surgeries in the middle of the barn, in the middle of the night, only for the calf to die and the cow need to be sold. This is what I grew up on. I never showed emotion. I knew what my duty was and what those animals were intended for. But this week… man, oh man, this week…

I always dreamed of owning my own cattle farm. My husband, Paul, helped that dream come true the year we got married. We bought a small farm on the outskirts of town. We bought two heifers (that means they haven’t had babies yet, but they were pregnant when we bought them). Thelma and Louise. It was getting close to their due date. For cattle farmers that means walking out to the barn 2 -3 times during the middle of the night until those babies are born. I was checking every night for almost 3 weeks and kept wondering when these babies would get here… (I have NO patience, ha!)

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I got up at the same time one morning to check on the heifers; there was no activity. Nothing. So for the umptenth millionth time, I got ready for work and left the house. Then I got a call from Paul, “I need you to call the vet NOW! Thelma had her baby and she prolapsed, the calf is alive but cold, I moved the calf to the house to get warm but I don’t know what to do about Thelma”. I immediately turned my car around and drove home, trying to get ahold of any vet in the area that could come help us. I made it home, went into the house to check on Paul and the calf (they were good, cold, but alive, and that’s all that matters at the point in time). I went out to the barn lot to check on the cow… but she wasn’t moving… she laid there… lifeless… and I lost it!! I cried harder than I have ever cried in my life. I was pissed, I was sad, I was confused as to why I was crying so hard. It sucks to lose a cow! The money, the time, the life; it’s all very frustrating! But I was confused as to why it was different this time. Why was I so upset?! DAMNIT! I just kept saying.

I still don’t know what exactly was different this time. Maybe because it was my money, my farm, my investment. Maybe it was because it was a first for my loving husband and I was more upset for him, having to go through this pain for the first time and knowing that it will not be the last time and it FREAKING SUCKS!!!!

The only thing we can take away from this experience is that life still moves on. I know it’s just a cow but it’s our business, our livelihood. And through all this, Paul and I supported and held onto each other. And that makes me happy.

Unfortunately, there was nothing we could have done for the cow, Thelma. A prolapse is when the uterus turns inside out, coming outside the body (it happens in humans too). We believe Thelma had a uterine prolapse due to the calf being so big. Sometimes you can fix it, and sometimes you can’t. We did everything we could, but it wasn’t enough.

I’m sorry to share such a sad story with you, but this is our life, this is our farmstead, and this is what really happens on a farm when tragedy strikes.

Once the dust settled a little, we picked out a name, the baby is a boy and his name is Tito. (the picture with the calf with the ear tag that says Tito is him, such a cutie!)

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To finish up the week, Louise had her baby. Although, that birth wasn’t a cake walk either. Like Tito, this new baby (turns out it is a boy as well, his name is Leo) was ginormous! Easily weighing 90 pounds (usually they weigh about 60-70). After a long birth, Leo took his time getting up and eating, but he is active and healthy and so is his mom! Paul and I could not be happier!

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We are excited to start a new breeding season and help manage our birth weights a little better.