Every Monday: Clean Your Toilets and Check Your Bathrooms for any supplies that will be needed.
From the 22nd to the 28th Your Area of Focus is The Front Porch, Entry and Dining Room. Today begin to transition your front porch from summer to fall. I will note what I want to change –put away my summer wreath and put up something more seasonal. I want to keep my favorite red and green but make it a little less summery. I will more the striped pillows from the back deck and replace my geranium with some mums. I want to make a new wreath with fall leaves, so a trip to Michael’s may be on the schedule after MOPS tomorrow.
- If you did not do a walk through before bed, take a few minutes to walk through your home to put it back in order.
- Collect laundry and start a load
- Collect trash and take it to the trash can
- Collect dirty dishes that have traveled outside the kitchen and put them in the dishwasher
- Put each room in order
- As you get your home in good general order, it takes literally minutes to pull things back together. If you leave your home for the day, don’t walk into a disaster area. Keep up with your home.
- Put your younger aides and assistants to work. Your children are less likely to make a mess when they have to clean it up. If you are continually picking up after them, they have no skin in the game. Teach them from babyhood, first by demonstrating it yourself (put the diapers in the trash or laundry immediately) then, when they begin to toddle around by handing it to them and showing them where to put it. Put away a toy before you pull more out. When you allow them to take more and more and more out without putting anything away, pick up becomes overwhelming.
The Realtor Game—
Years ago, in the late 70’s – early 80’s, when I began to read everything I could get my hands on about organization, I read about the Realtor Game. Pretend you are a realtor evaluating a home about to go on the market. Take a pad of paper and approach the home from the driveway. Enter the door that apparently people would enter through. (This may not be the door you normally enter.) Write a heading for each area and list needed decluttering, cleaning or repair.
Front Porch—repair screen door, remove dead plants, replace wreath
Entry—repair wall above door, remove clutter from surfaces, find a place for shoes
Dining Room—organize china cabinet hutch
Coat Closet—remove unneeded coats, declutter shelves
Go through your home and continue listing needed decluttering, cleaning, and repairs. You may also want to list your dream improvements for each area. Try to look at each area with fresh eyes. Notice where clutter has become a part of the roomscape or décor has become tired or dated.
Add the tasks to your To Do list.
In addition to using the Areas of Focus I continually work through my home in a pattern beginning outside the house with my room on wheels—the car. Then
- Front Porch
- Coat Closet
- Powder Room
- Dining Room
- Living Room
- Upper Deck
- Master Bedroom
- Master Bathroom
- Master Bedroom Closet
- Family Bath
- Front Bedroom
- Workroom including closets
- Secret Room
- Back Deck
- Garden Shed
Planning an order of work saves time in transitioning from one area to another. Every time I finish going through my home, I start over again. I get a little better each time I go through. One twist on the game is that I pretended that my dad was coming to visit. Dad is a perfectionist so I tried to see what he would see. It was a great motivator for me.
Again, I try to declutter for 10 to 30 minutes each day.
Considering Titus 2:4-5
These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
All right, what are older women to know in order to teach younger women?
- To love their husbands
- To love their children
- To live wisely
- To be pure
- To work in their homes
- To do good
- To be submissive to their husbands.
The reason: then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
Training implies that something may not come naturally to a person or that we may be able to improve on what is natural to us. We need to be intentional in learning to do these things especially to love our families especially when we are out of patience and on our last nerve, but we will talk about that more tomorrow.
Don’t tune out because the word submissive is in the list. That is one of the most misunderstood concepts in Scripture and and work so well for you and your marriage even though it runs counter to our “I did it my way!” nature.