Let' start when our feet hit the floor. No, No Lets back up to the night
before, just prior to bedtime.
The beauty of this BEFORE BED ROUTINE is that, you are one step ahead on the day. It only takes a few minutes once you get started. Checking the cards and calendar last, keeps it fresh in your mind for morning. When you wake up you know what has to be done.
Now Dawn has broken: There is nothing better than to stay in bed
half the morning! I don't think so. Remember how guilty you feel when you
do. Most of us are forced into a not-so-good-Morning. We do this to ourselves,
by not getting enough rest. As a result we wake up grumpy and dragging.
Our happiness depends on getting proper rest.
C. Go directly to the kitchen, Do not stop in any other room.
(We tend to get sidetracked so easily, So focus on getting your day started productively.)
By now you think I have lost my mind. This is what works for me. When I do it. Here lately I have been in the box and doing well. When my child was growing up I did most of these things daily, especially the getting up 15 minutes before the rest of the family.
Let's talk about the kitchen for a while. If my kitchen is clean,
the rest of the house stays clean too. In other words, As the kitchen goes,
so goes the rest of the house. My DH gave me an analogy about broken
windows in a city. If a broken window is left unrepaired, the neighborhood
goes down the drain. Crime rates go up and other building fall apart.,
but if these windows are fixed immediately, the neighborhood is not affected.
Or shall we say infected. A dirty kitchen infects the remaining rooms.
Strive to keep the kitchen tidy.
K. Put groceries away as you bring them in the house.
(This keeps the counters clear and you do not feel overwhelmed by all those groceries that need to be put away.) It goes without saying, bring the meat and refrigerator stuff in first.
L. Menu planning (This is tough for me, try this: Take a calendar and list every meal you cook for a month as you cook it. At the end of a month you will have a journal of what to fix.) From this journal you can make out menu cards and grocery list. Also list what you ate at the restaurant, that is a menu too. Once you have the food in the house to cook, you are more apt to cook. Knowing what is planned for the day, helps to keep you on track. Our biggest problem is that if we have to think about what to cook, we will probably go out.
By now you have decided that I am crazy. I can't help it. These
are things that have worked for me. Some for many years and others only
a few weeks. I am always looking for ways to stay focused.
Now it is time to talk about the rest of the house.
Mail has always been my biggest pile up problem. My DH has taught
me this method of handling it promptly. It works! He calls it his "DO IT
NOW PRINCIPLE". It works for most everything. I have other paper pile up
issues now. These have to do with the various committees that I am on.
The minute I walk through the door from one of these meetings I file it
in a milk crate filing system I customized for me. I can actually find
things now. Life is much easier.
B. Washing. Only do a load if you have time to do everything:
wash, dry, fold, and put away.
C. Drying. Always take them out of the dryer the minute you hear the buzzer. This saves you from ironing.
D. Folding. Fold them up as soon as you get them from
I like to fold in the room where they belong.
E. Put away. No one likes to live out of a laundry basket. Have a place for everything. Even if you have to label the drawers for awhile until you get used to putting them in their own place.
F. Heading off a problem before it starts
A. Buy low maintenance clothing
B. Buy DH several pair of socks at the same time and same color. They will match easier. You and kids too.
C. When you take off socks make sure they are right side out. This is the most amazing trait that my DH has. I am so thankful.
B. Keep Windex bottle, paper towels and Comet handy. This means one for each bathroom, so you can clean without even thinking about it.
C. Polish sink daily, The same principle holds in the bathroom
as in the kitchen.
B. Feather Dust daily, I have not done this yet, cause I just thought of it. I want to keep a feather duster hanging in the closet. This will keep things looking less dusty between polishings.
C. Lint roller. For those of us that have a pet that sheds. If
you pick it up daily, it will not become so unsightly.
B. Feather dust daily.
C. Straighten Cushions on the couch.
D. Put things away when you finish with them.
E. Don't take your shoes off in the livingroom.
F. Make table clearing everyone's job. Have each person
take their own plate to the kitchen. They rake
scrapes in compost bin and put in the dishwasher. This is something
else children can do.
C. Always fill up with gas. It saves time in the long run.
D. Check oil weekly.
B. Put it away as soon as you finish.
C. Establish a new habit each month. It takes 21 day to form a habit.
Guilt is our enemy. It eats away at our health and happiness.
When we establish these habits, we free ourselves of the guilt that overcomes us when our homes are a mess. My prayer for all my fellow SHEs is that each finds happiness and pride in ourselves and our accomplishments. That we raise our children to be good, productive, and happy people. And that we light up a room with our smile.
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