Monday, September 30, 2013

Little Time for Homemaking

Street Lined with Hollyhocks, St. Martin-De-Re, Ile De Re Charente-Maritime, France, Europe

I often get up at 5 or 6 in the morning. This is how I get many things done in the home. I am not talking about heavy housework, but a way to set the mood for a pleasant day at home. 

I make my parlour look inviting, and open the blinds.   I tidy up the kitchen and sweep the floors.  I make tea and, perhaps, a batch of muffins.  Then I sit and read or write for a little while.  This prepares me and my surroundings for a day of keeping house.

On those days I get up late, I am rushed about.  I am distracted and distraught.  There is stress coming from my soul, rather than a sweet, gentling affect on those around me.

There are also things in the day which can take us away from our homemaking.  There are distractions that we get lured into.  Sometimes we are like toddlers walking in a candy store for the very first time.  We start watching a new television show and then forget about the sweet simplicity of life at home.  We may get caught up in doing some research and then start doing other things instead of being busy in our motherhood and homemaking.

When there is little time for homemaking, for whatever the reason, we rob ourselves of a beautiful life at home.  Instead of a sweet, slow-paced Italian home, we end up feeling like we are in the middle of a busy city apartment.  The way we keep our home, can give a sense of peace or  one of confusion.  The way we mothers and wives set the mood at home, can affect all who reside there.

Mrs. White

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Ceil said...

Hi Mrs White! Oooh, I love that photo. It reminds me of Europe, speaking to your point of an Italian home.

I find that if I don't get up early, things do seem rushed. How lovely to bake some muffins in the quiet and fill your home with good smells!

Have a lovely Monday, my friend!

Laura Lane said...

I woke up late this morning after a very late night helping my eldest son with some things last night.

I see the truth in your words. I do hate rushing.

Harvest Lane Cottage

Anonymous said...

I can relate. I try to get up between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. every morning to get a head start before my family awakes.

it is so good for me to have that quiet time to get things done, be focused, and plan out my day.

When I wake up "late" which is right before my children or when my children get up, I am "rushing" to get back time I have lost.

Hope you have a wonderful day~

Melissa M. said...

This post, as many of your posts do, spoke straight to my heart. Often I will have a question and start researching the Internet and before I know it, an hour or more has passed!

Housewife59 said...

So true, Mrs White. I have been distracted all morning. Now I will focus on my contented home-making

Anonymous said...

Mrs. White,

Thank you for this timely post; it was exactly what I needed to see where I had gone wrong. This morning I got up half an hour earlier (5:30) and by 8:30 I have an entire day's work done. If I were unable to do any more, I would be content with the amazing things I have accomplished already. Thank you again, and may God bless you and yours!

Mrs. Skutt

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, I also love to get up early!
But now that I am older I just wake up early without an alarm clock anymore. I was wondering if you have computer time each day?
I have found that being on the computer can make me feel like I have wasted precious time.
I would really like to hear your thoughts on this!
Blessings, Roxy

Anonymous said...

As usual, this was a preciously wonderful post, focusing on the life within our homes is vitally important, and when we have a good start on the day things go so much better--I also try and have some things done the night before to make the next morning go smoother; the coffee maker filled up and ready to go, a plan for breakfast, clothes laid out, etc. This way I can wake up with less stress.