There's No Place Like Home
Most people like to start new things at the beginning of the year and here it is November, but I'm not one to follow the crowd and I am about to launch a new project. :) As I have mentioned before, I am now a part-time homemaker instead of full-time and I have been a little overwhelmed(not my first choice, but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do). I used to have a good daily routine and everything was fairly organized. That has been turned upside down over the last few months and I need to start fresh with a new system.
Homemaking is still a priority to me and I want to make sure our home is beautiful, warm and welcoming. As Alexandra Stoddard says in her book Time Alive: Celebrate Your Life Every Day in the chapter "Order Precedes Beauty":
"Without order there is no beauty. Living can be a messy business. The more engaged we are in living fully and well, the more stuff we seem to accumulate. We live in an orderly universe. Our homes and offices need to be kept orderly so we can spend our time in beautiful spaces that answer all our needs, arranged so that everything is both practical and uplifting."
I'm going to loosely follow Organize Now!: A Week By Week Guide To Simplify Your Space And Your Life (Spiral-bound). It looks like a great book to help you get organized in a realistic way without trying to do it all at once. I first saw the book at Lowe's Home Improvement of all places and finally decided to buy it.
If any of you want to join me I would be thrilled! Every Monday I'll list my goals for the week and let you know how the previous week went. If you want to share too that would be fun. The author recommends finding a friend to keep you accountable, and you're all friends, right?
The first week in the book is "Organize Your Mind". The goals for the week (a few from the book and some I came up with) are:
1. Go to bed on time! Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night. This is so important! I know my brain doesn't function properly if I haven't had enough sleep and lately I haven't been getting enough. No more folding laundry at midnight when you have to be up before 6. Read something slightly boring before you go to bed...that will help. ;)
2. Spend some time reading your Bible and in prayer every day and remember Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Be careful about what you are letting into your mind.
3. Start a journal. Mine is just one of those 15 cent spiral notebooks from Wal-Mart. I write down everything from happenings in my life to prayer requests. If you don't have time to write in it everyday, that's OK. I'm kind of sporadic with it.
4. Check your calendar and jot down a short To-Do List for the next day before you go to bed. This will free you up from having to remember and save you from worrying all night about forgetting something. There are even several online calendars that can email your list to you each morning if that's helpful to you.
5. Do something fun every day. Spend a few minutes reading a good book, knitting, or just find a spot to listen to nothing but silence (even if you have to sit alone in the garage). Find some small way to treat yourself. Think of it as the "carrot" that encourages you to keep going.
6. Eliminate energy drainers in your life. Clutter is one of course (read "The Cost of Clutter" at Living on a Dime), which we'll be working on. Some others may be unfinished projects, unhealthy relationships, or items on your To-Do List that don't really need to be done.
Let's have a great week!