Ideas for an Effective Home
Happy New Year to you! I trust that the holiday season was special for each of you and your families. With all the festivities of the holidays, it is so easy for us as women to stress out and, in the attempt to make everything “just perfect” for our families, we “endure” the season rather than enjoy it. I hope that you were able to enjoy all that the Christmas season brought to your home. I am thankful that Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations are packed away and, at our home, it is apparent that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! “Love is in the air” on Doyle Circle!!.
With 2009 ahead of us, I am sure that you have made your usual “list” of New Year’s resolutions. While visiting with my sister Ven the other night, I made the comment to her that I wasn’t doing resolutions this year because then I didn’t have to feel guilty when I didn’t keep them! Nonetheless, I have made my lists of goals and ambitions for 2009. I am sure that you have as well. As busy wives, mothers, and church members, we need to do all that we can to make certain our homes and lives are operating “decently and in order” as we are commanded in God’s word. Some of the ideas listed below might help you as they have helped me to effectively run my home. Remember that a home out of order is a life out of order.
1. Make sure that the calendar (your control center) for January is completed and placed where all of the members of the family can see it.
2. Determine what’s important.
Each evening before going to bed, make a list of what you need to do tomorrow. List items according to priority.
3. Prevent interruptions.
Most people are interrupted at least once every five minutes. If your calendar is posted and the menu is on the refrigerator door, it can save you having to answer a lot of questions like, “What’s going on tonight?” or “What are we having for dinner?”
4. Store your keys and glasses in one area.
I always leave my keys in the car in the garage or hang them up on the key ring near the exit door. I keep sunglasses in a basket on a shelf close to the door as well. While packing away Christmas decorations, I temporarily lost my car keys. After going through several bags of garbage and scouring the house, I found them on the kitchen table in the centerpiece! That was a good reminder to put things in the designated location.
5. Cut unwanted calls short.
These kinds of calls can really use up valuable time!
6. Plan your errands.
There is no need to run to Target and Safeway several times a week. Make a list, and take it with you!
7. Stop procrastinating.
Do first what you like to do the least! If it is folding that load of white laundry, do that first!
8. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect.
I like perfection as well as the next person, but I am usually the only one that can really tell if it is perfect or not. Some jobs don’t need perfection as much as they just need to be done!
9. Do more than one thing at a time.
You can read while you run on the treadmill, make lists while you wait at a stop light, or talk on the phone while you cook!
10. Become a person who takes control of your time- don’t let time control you.
11. Remember: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
While I was writing this article, I had an unplanned interruption—but, it was Papa with the grandkids, so it was great! Have a wonderful new year, and may God bless you is my prayer.