Each Monday take a few minutes to put your home back in order from the weekend. Launch your week with an orderly home. I have discovered that it is soooo much easier to clean an orderly home.
Every Monday: Clean Your Toilets
Check Your Bathrooms for Needed Supplies (Paper, Personal Care, and Cleaning)
The Area of Focus from the 15th to the 21st the Area of Focus is Your Master Bedroom, En Suite Bath, and Closet. While you are cleaning your toilets today, take time to put your Master Bathroom in order.

The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.
The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.

After I shared the letter from an overwhelmed mom I got a call from a dear friend who told me she had talked to her husband that day about feeling overwhelmed. I know this sweet girl. She has a beautiful heart and does a lot for many people. Sometimes we just need to cut ourselves some slack and take inventory of what we have going on in our lives.
I do a lot of things. I do them one thing at a time. I take breaks. I read. I listen to music. I use my To Do List to find tasks I can complete quickly. I seize moments. When my coffee or tea is brewing, I use those minutes to declutter my kitchen, or clean out my fridge, or refresh my To Do List, or do whatever needs to be done in that area. And sometimes I just let myself be lazy. I can’t do that often but every once in a while. Again, cut yourself some slack. Sit down and drink a cup of tea. A mind that is weighed down makes it harder to get things done.
I have been away from home for much of the summer. This week marks my first full week home since the end of July.
image• I really want to give my home a good cleaning and
• I need to refresh my Master To Do List.
To refresh my Master To Do List , I dump my memory onto paper.
• Is my calendar up to date? (Transfer dates from different activities—MOPS, AOG, Bible Study— to kitchen wall calendar)
• Is my checkbook up to date? (check receipts to make sure they are entered in my checkbook, compare bills programmed into Bill Pay with checkbook)
• Are there any calls I need to make? (Call J. to ask for 10 notebooks for the class)
• Are there any notes or letter—thank you notes, or cards I need to send? (Cathy, Joe, Charlotte, Marilyn, Pat)
• Are there any specific tasks I need to do? (Spot clean the carpets; replace filters in vacuum)
• Are there any projects I am working on outside my home? (notebooks for AOG, review materials for Bible Study and next new believers’ class)
My home is in good general order but I want to clarify what is kept in each storage area. I am making a list room by room of all storage and what each area is designated for. If I find any duplication, I may move the items to a single drawer. If there are items that I need to use in different areas the duplication may be merited. For example—scissors. There are many kinds of scissors used in different ways. I want kitchen shears in my kitchen, scissors in my desk, in my bathroom, with my craft supplies, and my sewing basket. When I designate a specific place for things I know where to put things away and where to look when I need something.
Storage principles:
• Make storage decisions based on where and how often you use an item.
• Use less convenient storage areas for less frequently used item—holiday serving pieces or seasonal décor
• Store items close to their place of use.
• Store like items together—office supplies, electronics, cosmetics
• Try not to overcrowd storage areas. It is easier to find items without tearing the area apart.
• Drawer dividers/organizers can keep items from becoming jumbled. You can purchase them or cut down boxes with a utility knife. If you are feeling super creative you can cover/line the boxes with wallpaper, scrapbooking paper or some other type of craft paper to make them prettier/jazzier.IMG_0011IMG_0012
We talked about the Proverbs 31 woman a couple of weeks ago. Let’s take a look at women both younger and older in Titus 2:
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
I am an older woman, both in age (over 60) and in the faith (October 1, 1979 while being religious my entire life before them but not submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.) Notice, first of all that these things do not come naturally, they are taught. We learn to be reverent in the way we live, not to be slanderers, or addicted to much wine. The older women are to teach the younger women. You cannot teach what you do not know and should not teach what you do not do. “Do as I say and not as I do,” has no place in life as a believer. So right up front let’s determine to be authentic. I have learned as I watched women doing well and not doing well. I learned some strong lessons from the mistakes I have made. Learn from your mistakes. They keep you humble and you seldom forget their hard lessons.
We’ll take each part of the verse a day at a time. Tomorrow, let’s talk about reverence in our life.
Hugs,
Mary

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