I has been what feels like ages since I have posted on the topic of Hope for Homemakers! And a lot has happened in the interim. We have a whole other human living in our house! And we have done lots of remodeling projects (ongoing, of course) in our home. And the housework and homemaking can still seem overwhelming some days. And I think it will always be so. But I am always looking for ways to brighten my day, to get things accomplished that make me feel like this homemaking thing is worth it.
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I am kind of a neat freak with lazy tendencies. I LOVE, love, LOVE the look of a clean space, but I have my places where the cleanliness of a space is just not what I want it to be. I think this is referred to as “living with kids.” And I honestly struggled to create a cleaning routine for a long time. But I found something that really works for me and helps me to stay on track. This cleaning routine may not work for you, but it definitely is working for me and I thought you might want to hear how I am implementing it. This week, I will be sharing a little bit each day about how my cleaning routine works for me and what I do each day in my house to keep the monsters at bay.
Last week, we talked about the first step in Saying Goodbye to Survival Mode: prayerfully setting and focusing on our personal priorities. And this week I have begun to work on the next steps Crystal lays out in chapter one: clearing the schedule clutter, cutting out time and energy suckers, and counting the costs. And let me tell you, this has been a challenge for me. Yes, I have clearly defined priorities now, but I need the discipline to break some habits so I can focus on what truly matters.
I was reading in Proverbs last week and came across this verse:
“He who tills this land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.” – Proverbs 28:19
If we want to get organized and feel more free to love and laugh in our lives, the first thing we need to is set priorities. They are the anchor, the organizing principle that should set our homes in order. When we stray from the anchor of our priorities we will feel the tug. We will not be as happy because we are not doing the things that are truly and most important to us. There will be a pull we feel, trying to bring us back on track. And if we ignore the tug, we can sometimes suffer the physical consequences of our wandering.
In the first chapter of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, Crystal suggests that the first step to moving away from simply surviving is to “Stop Trying to Do it All.” We get run down when we try to say yes to everything that comes our way, every opportunity, every request, and (even) every standard. “Yes” is what gets us into trouble. She encourages us to begin to create margin in our lives by beginning to say, “No” to the less-than important things in our lives.
As though I could be any less than real with you, dear reader, it goes without saying that I have been neglecting a very important part of this blog. I started writing this blog in a way, to offer hope to other homemakers along their journey. Motherhood and homemaking can be tiresome and difficult and thankless. (It can also be very rewarding, so don’t get me wrong) And I started a group/series here to encourage you along the journey of homemaking and called it Hope for Homemakers.
And we worked through a serious homemaking challenge called 28 Days to Hope for your Home. Then we started creating morning and evening routines in our journey to organization. And then we started to Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. And then….
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Alright, let’s get real here:
Last week I was definitely, definitely in survival mode. I woke up Monday morning with a stiff neck and I just chalked it up to sleeping wrong. It continued throughout the day and by the end of the day, I couldn’t move my neck without big pain. I woke up Tuesday morning at 4:20 to get ready for Bible study and I still had the neck problem. Thankfully, I got through leading our discussion (and I could move my neck so I could write on the board!). But in the evening it got immensely worse and my entire neck and shoulder tightened up to the point where I could no longer move without intense pain. I couldn’t get comfortable and nothing I was doing was making it better.