I used to think that you were either born neat and organized and on top of life, or you weren’t. Let’s be clear: I wasn’t. Forget a silver spoon, I would take a well organized file cabinet any day. Or a well organized anything. (Lest we forget, I have a preschooler that I’m homeschooling, an independent and inquisitive 2 and a half year old, and a baby on the brink of toddling everywhere.) And I get that grace is in order for this season of life. But I’m so sick of just struggling to keep the laundry pile from toppling over, the dishes from obstructing the sink, and the piles from driving Superman to Happy Acres. Anyone else identify? Please say yes. 🙂
So I set about studying how to be a better homemaker, and I stumbled across a golden key. Ready? Here it is:
The key to a well ordered home is a well ordered day.
2016 is the year that I need to establish routines so that I don’t need to think through every single task, every single day. I have way too many other things to use what limited brain power I still possess. 🙂 I’m in the beta testing phase for a morning, afternoon, and evening routine. And I’m trying to get up before the munchkins most mornings. (Note the key words, trying and most. I am a work in progress on that!!!) 🙂
More organization = better.
Amen? I’m talking purging stuff, organizing what’s left, and being a more intentional steward of my time. Simple, right? But not easy for a distractible gal like me. But I’m realizing more and more that clutter overwhelms and exhausts me, and neat and clean areas energize me…so here’s to less STUFF.
And, I’m enlisting help.
No, I’m not talking about a cleaning lady (although, that sounds glorious!) 🙂 The kiddos are too little to be of much measurable help now, but I’m beginning the training process. JoJo helps me unload the dishwasher every morning while Alaina brings down the dirty laundry and empties the trash from upstairs. Alaina also dresses herself and makes her own bed, and JoJo (with help from me) tidies the living room. They work together to put toys away before nap and bedtime, and also clear off the table and set it for meals.
Lastly, I’m studying up.
I have to give a shout out to Jami Balmet at Young Wife’s Guide for her Biblical encouragement in homemaking. I’m working my way through the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2015. There’s lots of practical tips, and my favorite part is seeing other homemakers. Being a stay at home wife and mom is a truly wonderful career, but it can feel lonely at times! 🙂
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode has been such an encouragement to me. I’m not all the way through it, but there’s been a lot of helpful information for me, and I enjoy Crystal Paine’s writing style.
If you’re one of those amazing, naturally organized people, what’s your best tip to a reforming messaholic? And if you’re right there with me, longing for better organization and a well-run household, what’s your biggest struggle?
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