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Monday, June 4, 2012

She Looketh Well

"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

I'm a list maker. I have a 'to-do' list for every day. I wake up with a list in my head of things I want to accomplish. I love the feeling that I've done something at the end of the day. I even have a notebook with sections in it for each day. A bit much? Maybe. I love to organize, but with a house full of men..let's just say that the nice neat little world I'd love to live in does not exist. I have a daily 'house-keeping' schedule. I do about a 15 minute 'tidy' every day ..just straightening up and I do one or two loads of laundry a day. I like to keep up with things.

Monday- clean bathrooms
Tuesday-  wash sheets and clean bedrooms
Wednesday- clean kitchen, including clean out the fridge
Thursday- errand day
Friday- floors, dusting, and clean office
Saturday - work outside, wash/clean out cars
Sunday - day of rest

I actually do not do these all by myself. I believe in child labor...of sorts. I don't do everything for my 15 year old son. He cleans his and his grandpa's bathroom, changes his own sheets, does his own laundry many times, and does most of the cleaning outside.

In the middle of all that, drink 4-5 bottles of water, exercise, make meals, thaw meat out for dinner, etc, etc, etc. Last week, my body just shut down. I tried to do too much and for a few days, I could do nothing. Very frustrating...it wasn't on my 'to-do' list to be down for a few days! But, I learned a lesson. While 'looking well' to the ways of our household, I was not looking or feeling well. 

'Just a short little  'sharing moment' here. While looking well to our homes, we need to look well, for ourselves and for our family. I have been making it a habit to make sure I get at least 7 hours of sleep. I get up at the same time every day (if you must know, it's 7:10 a.m.), get dressed (including clothes, makeup, and even jewelry -even if it's just earrings), start breakfast within an hour of waking, and make sure during the day, I sit down and take a break. Sip some herbal tea (today my tea of choice is lavender tea - http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Lavender-Rose-Tea-Organic), sit down and ...rest. My relaxed-temperament husband appreciates when I just sit to talk. Sometimes he wants to talk in the morning.,or my son or dad does, but I've already had in my head the next thing on my list to do. Looking well to the ways not only means to me that keeping house is the right thing to do, but I, myself, need to look and feel well so that I can be there for everyone in my life. If I can't get everything done on my list for the day, maybe my list is too long. If I don't have time to listen to my son talk about the new book he is reading (right now it's The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain), my list is too long. If I don't have time to sit and talk with husband or my dad or anyone in the house because I'm too busy sweeping, mopping...whatever...I have not looked well. I looked too busy to my family. 

Having my lists for each day does help me keep organized and keep a tidy house. But if I start looking and feeling 'unwell' because I've done too much, it's time to do a few things differently. 
Are you looking well to the ways of your household. And are you looking well? 

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For the List Maker in you:

http://www.designfinch.com/2011/07/31/sunday-planning/

http://preparednotscared.blogspot.mx/2010/05/house-of-order-and-fun-day-keeper-part_25.html (This is where I found my daily printable list for my Home-Organization Notebook. I laminated the lists and just use dry erase markers to write my daily schedules.)





I also signed up for http://flylady.net/. I don't do everything this site suggests, but it helps me realize that I don't have to do everything in one day. Every week there is a 'mission' or a 'zone' in the house. For instance, this week is Zone 2 - The Kitchen. Today's task is to just dust off the top of the refrigerator, dust the cobwebs from the corners, dust light and fan fixtures. Tomorrow is 'wipe down your kitchen cabinets' day. Each day, there is a different task. See, before, I would try to do all that and everything else in one day.
 Good grief, what was I thinking?! So, if you need a little help with organizing,
the flylady site is a good place to start.