Sunday, May 20, 2012
Can you imagine if we were not in a big hurry or always late? Each day, we mostly have the same routine. We know what is expected of us. So why do we rush around and have a difficult time? Why are we stressed out and feeling overwhelmed?
I venture to say it is because we are not being efficient or methodical.
It is so important to have a variety of projects going on in the home. We can get bored very easily if we only have housework to do. We need to make decorating plans, and occasionally re-arrange rooms to make them fresh and cheerful.
Simple tasks like sweeping a porch or removing weeds from the front property can be pleasant outdoor work because we can enjoy some quiet and fresh air.
Doing some late afternoon ironing to get a pretty outfit ready for the next day will keep us from being rushed.
Efficiency can be used during housework by combining other tasks at the same time. When on the phone - clean out a purse or peel potatoes. When cleaning the living room, wear (light) ankle weights for an extra boost of exercise. When removing clutter from a desk or counter, watch a little educational television or listen to pleasant music.
Keep to a standard routine. Meals should be at certain hours. Heavy chores should happen at specific times. Eventually, they will be common and memorized, and seem to happen on their own.
If we make homemaking the focus of our lives, the one thing we master and do well, we are more likely to be peaceful, and less likely to be distracted.
An expert at something is confident and peaceful. But it takes a lot of practice to get there. At first there will be mistakes and clumsiness. But if we keep at it, eventually we will be occupied at home in a way that is greatly admired. This will also bring us a tremendous amount of pride in our daily work.
An Honorable Profession - The Skilled Housewife.
When the Children were little - The Mailbox in the House.
Make them want to be there - The Romance of Home.
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