I grabbed an old favorite off the shelf yesterday for a browse while we were out at the beach. More Hours in my Day, by Emilie Barnes is a must read for moms. I'm realizing that now is the perfect time to be working on structuring and organizing my time and our home, before we start up lessons again and our new sweet seventh arrival comes in October and Emilie's book is a great refresher in prioritizing.
A pack of 3x5 cards and a pen handy, I skimmed through the book, jotting down what caught my attention and making a list of the things I sense God placing importance on in my life as well as practical homemaking, nesting things that have been piling up needing my attention.
I'm the type of person that gets discouraged by areas of homemaking that I can't keep up on and I find myself neglecting them further out of frustration, which just complicates and makes it worse. Laundry is one area in particular that frustrates me to no end. Because our washer cannot handle the size loads I need to get done for our family, I'm constantly running to switch loads, tote laundry to the line or tapping my foot waiting for the dryer to finish and then dumping the dry stuff in a massive pile to be attended to when time allows. Annaliese does the majority of her laundry, which is a help. Off my laundry rampage, I'm sure there has to be a better solution somewhere but I haven't found it yet.
This morning I set to work, washing a sink full of dishes first thing (dishwasher repairman due tomorrow!) and hanging out a load of laundry. I'm mercilessly scrutinizing each item as it comes from the wash and have a small pile already for give away and garage sale or swap.
Sean helped me hang new curtain rods in the girl's room, checking off another item on my list, and I began purging the boys room at nap time, pulling out a full kitchen garbage bag of broken toys, ripped books, and general garbage. That felt good.
The cupboard where our drinking glasses are stored was cleared and organized and our two glass fronted cupboards cleaned and organized as well, two more to-do's off my list.
Folks always ask what I the kids are doing while I sew or tidy or clean or bake and the answer is that they are always just nearby. The toddlers were playing with cars, then puzzles, then having lunch and the older kids were playing just outside, working on a computer game, or looking at books on the kitchen hired hands bed. Anytime they needed me, I was able to stop and tend to them and it all works very well.