We have been so blessed to be able to move near my family. I have been away from them for about 13 years. I visit a lot, but I really did miss them. I know it is bitter sweet for my husband, since we did move away form his family and my step son. I hope we have to opportunity to visit often.
Now that we are settling into a new life, we realized we need to make a few changes. Mostly, I need to make a few changes to my homemaking, homeschooling, mothering stuff :)
If you know me, you know, I am pretty messy. I don't particularly enjoy all things domestic. I thought I would before I got married, but I way wrong :)
I hate dishes, I forget about laundry, I pile junk instead of deal with it right away. As a result of my messy ways, a lot of thing get left undone. I can say that my bathroom is usually clean. I just have a weird thing about dirty bathrooms, they get cleaned a lot. SO I have that going for me.
I have read a few books on organizing and cleaning. The one I have found the most helpful for me is A mother Rule of Life. I like this one, because it focuses on the whole person, the whole family and its is meant to help you in your vocation, not just cleaning. It is centered around God and the Church. I am still in the middle of rereading it, but have already implemented a new schedule. A very, very, very, simple new schedule.
I needed to make sure, I made time for prayer, and family prayer. I need to make sure school gets done everyday. I need to gain control of the laundry and the dishes. Then, just make sure the random things all over the house get addressed each day.
So here is my simple, work in progress schedule.
DAILY: Wake at 5am, shower, dressed, make coffee say Rosary.
clean up kitchen after each meal
15 minute family clean up after breakfast, lunch and before dinner
Monday: bedding laundry
clean downstairs bathroom
Tuesday: towels laundry
clean kids bathroom
Wednesday: oldest and youngest laundry
clean master bathroom
Thursday: little boys laundry (they wear they same size)
clean downstairs bathroom
Friday: Husbands and my Laundry
clean master bedroom and bathroom.
After every meal kitchen chores.
rinse and load dishes
wash pots and pans
wiped down counters and table
My biggest issues are laundry and dishes. So that is what my focus is for now.
You may have noticed that I have Mass practice in my daily things. My kids are not very good at sitting still and quiet at Mass. So I decided we need to practice. I can't go to daily Mass with them all at this time, so instead to are watching Mass on the Internet. CatholicTV.com shows daily Mass on demand everyday. I set up the Chairs, we practice walking in, genuflecting, saying our prayers and sitting still and listening. We been doing it for 2 weeks about 4 days a week. Then of course we go to Sunday Mass as a Family. I like that I can explain whats going on , we are learning the prayers and I can hold a screaming baby in my lap until they stop crying with out having to leave the church. I think its helping too.
I think this is simple enough for me to not get overwhelmed. I hope to add more later, but I just need to keep my head above water for a bit.
What does your day look like? I love hearing how other moms, get stuff done.
I'll keep you posted on our success and failures.
God Bless you all!