As I announced in a post last week, I decided to follow Money Saving Mom in her 4 week challenge to a more organized home. In her ebook MSM explains the importance of routines and uses a wonderful illustration about focusing on "the big rocks" (your priorities) first so that the "pebbles and sand" of life (small stuff) wont take up all your time.
Last week, along with a daily assignment, MSM encouraged a morning, afternoon, and evening routine. She pointed out that it wouldn't be easy to just jump in to a new routine and to give yourself about 3 weeks to adjust.
I might need a bit longer...
Here is the morning routine I thought would be ideal:
Wake Up/Make Coffee
Children Up/Feed Baby
Start a Load of Laundry
Take Dinner Out of Freezer
Here is what actually happened:
Children Up/I Wake Up/Make Coffee/Feed Baby
Take Dinner Out of Freezer
In my defense we had an odd-ball week seeing as though we didn't move back into our house until Wednesday. Hopefully that explains our break from school. It does not explain my break from quiet times however :(
Obviously I am not waking up early enough for this "ideal" routine. So that is what I'll be working on this week. Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier.
Again, this might take awhile...
One more thing about the routine. On Instagram I posted my new morning routine and I posed the question about whether I should do a load of laundry everyday or have a designated laundry day. A few responded saying I should have a laundry day. So, I decided to give it a try.
Today was "laundry day". And sadly, it was a disaster. Laundry was piled up so much I could barely get to the washer and dryer, and I was so overwhelmed that I called my mom over for back-up. Thankfully, she came over and helped me through a few loads. Thanks Mom! But it is currently 9:30pm and there is no end in sight. It does not help that I decided to wash the kids' comforters/duvets today as well, but still. All that folding and putting away. Bleck!
Thanks for your input girls, but I think I'm going to be keeping it a part of my morning routine after all ;)
I will say, that although I did not follow the daily checklists in the ebook exactly, it was nice to be encouraged to do certain things on a daily basis. Getting dressed in something that makes you feel great, writing out goals for the day/week, getting rid of items that are collecting dust, and doing quick 15-minute sweeps through each room, were all helpful and nothing to get too legalistic about. I use the word legalistic because I have a tendency to commit to something and if I don't do it exactly as planned I get bummed out and feel bad about myself. I am taking this challenge with a HEAVY dose of GRACE.
I did follow through with a few of the extra cleaning suggestions such as cleaning out my fridge/freezer. That was a really wonderful thing to get out of the way!
Today's assignment included cleaning out your vehicle which I happened to have done on Saturday because of the wonderful weather we had. Bonus!
In conclusion, I think last week went great. No, I didn't master my morning routine. No, I didn't put on something that made me feel great everyday, and yes I missed a few things like removing the cushions and vacuuming out the couch. But the goal here is not perfection, it is growth. As long as I've taken a few steps in the right direction all while balancing life with 3 little ones I am thrilled.
Thank God that His mercies are new every morning!
Every morning at 6:30am...
How are you doing? Did you take the challenge? Have you followed one in the past? Comment below!
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