Momentum for Homemakers – How to Get it Back

This entry is part 27 of 40 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Momentum for homemakers - how to gain momentum when you have lost it in your home and the mess is overwhelming.

As I was getting ready for the next book in our series, One Bite at a Time, I realized a number of things regarding my homemaking skills and habits.

  • #1 I work better when it is quiet in the house.
  • #2 I get more done in my day if I wake up early.
  • #3 I feel more organized when I get more done.
  • #4 I can lose momentum in my home in a matter of one or two days.

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Update: this book is no longer available. Tsh has another book, Organized Simplicity which addresses many of the habits discussed in homemaking.

It was the last of these things which really got me thinking about how to fix it to where I don’t lose momentum at each of life’s little shifts. If and when:

  • I wake up too late…
  • kids refuse to nap…
  • there is not a quiet moment in my day…
  • a family member gets sick and requires some extra attention…
  • I get a case of the “I-don’t-want-to”s

When If Happened

Recently, my dad had surgery and I took the day to go up and sit with my mom at the hospital that is about an hour away.  I had my mother-in-law watch the kids and I spent the day doing almost nothing but waiting. And driving. And waiting. 

When I got home life was not completely thrown off. But dinner was not as scheduled. And I just didn’t feel like doing much around the house.  Then some things came up that I HAD to give my full attention.  Also I woke up not feeling very well one morning.  Then my dad was taken to the ER and I went back up to the hospital two times in one day.  And then…

My house was a wreck and I needed to get things done! But the mountain looked so high, I couldn’t see the top.

So I just sat at the bottom of the mountain, without momentum, for an entire weekend (maybe more). 

The worst part was I felt like a failure –  a failure without any solutions.  I kind of lost my hope (regarding my home) and I got a case of the “I-don’t-want-to”s. A bad case.

All the while I just kept thinking about all the projects I needed to get done that just weren’t getting done and thinking about what I needed.  What would be the solution to the problems facing me?

I lost and needed back my momentum.

When Failure Happened

I was reminded of the way to get back your first love:

Remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first” (Revelation 2:5a)

I needed to get back to the basics.  Thankfully, because of our last book in the Hope for Homemakers series, I was sure of what the basics were.  I remembered what my house looked like and – more importantly – how I felt when I woke up to a mostly clean house. 

Remembering just how easy it was to do the everyday habits we learned in 28 Days to Hope for your Home – was the motivation I needed. All I needed was to change my mindset back to my routines. Then go back and do them.

What I discovered is my routines are both the starting point to hope for my home and the backstop keeping me from despair when the going gets rough.   If I completely fall off, feel unmotivated, or otherwise lose hope in my home, I know what to do to get it back. The dishes, the floors, the bathrooms, and a five-minute pick up.

So, this is me re-learning the lessons we were supposed to have learned through our 28 Days to Hope Challenge.  What I am hoping I will learn in this next series on organization is how to keep the momentum moving in the right direction one project, one task, One Bite at a Time.

One Bite – the First One

And the first task we are going to work through from One Bite at a Time is: Getting Up Early

“Wait…what?…I thought we were working on organization!”

WE ARE!

Read what Tsh has to say about getting up early and her method for making it happen and come back here and let me know what you think you could accomplish with an extra thirty minutes, an hour, two hours {uninterrupted) in your day.  Um…I am thinking organization projects, but we will get to that.

Momentum for homemakers - how to gain momentum when you have lost it in your home and the mess is overwhelming.
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Herchel S

    Getting my momentum back today. There is always something that pops up that gets me off track and then it builds up to a MONUMENTAL task. Focusing on one thing at a time 🙂

  2. KG

    Focusing on one thing at a time is where I fail.
    I want to do 8 million and think that I’m beating Father Time when in reality, I get less done…

    Visiting from #SitsSharefest

    Keep it Touched,
    KG
    http://www.kgstyleblogs.com

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