My friends and family think I am an organized person. I say I am organized(when I choose to be) and I love lists! I have a list for things to get done on a daily basis, weekly, monthly, even yearly! At this time in my life those "lists" are not being used as much as I would like to.
I am in a different season in my life. Last year was my last year of homeschooling and both our children are attending a University. I started to work part time (no longer working) and I've realized I have all this time to do house projects! Do you know how long I've waited to "have time" for house projects? 15yrs!!! Yes, you read that right...15yrs!
My husband and I decided to homeschool our son when he was diagnosed with high functioning Autism and he was about to start Kindergarden. We didn't know how long we would home school, we just knew God was calling us to do it. As the years passed and my daughter was of age to start school we knew this was what we were to do with her too. She didn't have any of the challenges our son did and our family thought she would be going to public school. By this time we knew the Lord had called us to home school and we took it a day at a time, a week at a time, a month at a time and a year at at time (this was our response every time someone would ask us the question, "how long are you guys going to home school?")
During the last 2 yrs. of home schooling I became very ill and spent the last two years trying to get better. The "lists" went out the window. My couponing days were over and My once a month cooking became a thing of the past. I now had to get used to being in bed for most of my days, my daughter would do the grocery shopping and most of the cooking. She followed my lists as close as she could but she still had two years left in high school and was very involved at our church. I learned to be flexible and thankful for any help I could get! It was as though The Lord came and took a dry erase board and erased all my lists and plans and I had to learn to be content with just being able to sweep my kitchen floor (on a good day!)
Today I am almost 100% better (to our new standards) but I will never be the same person I was before I got sick. I have to adjust to my new way of life where stress is not allowed, over worked is out of the question and a new diet has to be top of my list. It's all about taking it...One Day at a Time.
Here it is...My new house schedule
Every Day: My plan that doesn't always happen...but I have a plan!
Shower/Get ready for my day
Check my menu for the day and prep for dinner.
Mondays: Grocery Shopping day
I didn't realized this was happening until I was driving home one day from a shopping trip and realized that since I've started making a Weekly Menu on Sundays it's only natural I go shopping the day after!
Tuesdays: Laundry Day!
My Moto for the Laundry is... The Laundry is not done until you fold, hang and put away! I do have to confess that many times it ends up in the living room sofa for days! I am so ashamed! I found this sign at Ross and I am trying for this to change!
Wednesdays: My Laundry Day continues until all the laundry is done!
I also work on finishing my Bible Study for the week.
Thursdays: I go to Morning Bible study at church and once this is done in May it will be My Ironing Day.
I know how blessed my husband will be that I am taking on this chore once again :)
Fridays: This is my "Company is coming over day and we need to clean the whole house!" No, company is not coming over, but this is how I can best describe it.
We clean our restrooms, dust furniture, vacuum, mop floors, throw away all junk mail, etc.
Fridays is also Date Night!
Saturdays: Family/Husband day! I don't do any chores on Saturday and if my husband is not working we go to Costco, Sam's club, Home Depot, whatever place he wants to go to. This is his day to relax and going to these places relaxes him. If we wake up at a good time we go out to breakfast. Our children normally have activities or just vegetate at home.
Sundays: Church Day!
We are up early and go to church, get home and decide if we are staying in and barbecuing or going out to eat. We than get home and I take a nice long nap. Late in the afternoon I start to tidy up my kitchen and cleaning out my refrigerator. I take out my recipe book and I start working on a full menu for the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner including a snack. This is the only way I can stay on track and it's worth the time.
This is what my menu usually looks like
and there you have it...One day at at time to Beautify My Home!