Friday, May 29, 2009

It's Whatever Friday

One of the benefits of scheduling my homemaking duties is that three days a week I get a day off. Well, not a complete day off, but I just have to do the quick, basic jobs and then go on to... whatever!

So far, my whatever today includes:
* (re-) painting the front door black.
* calling my 92-yr-old grandmother in Montana
* sweeping the sidewalk and patio
* looking over my friend Ginger's articles
* sorting out of my Discover bill (or not... bleh)
* and painting my toenails pink. About every five years I buy a bottle of nail polish. I keep thinking I'll like it. It looks so good on everyone else. But after I put it on... ugh... We'll see.

So, today is my "whatever" free Friday. What are you doing today?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pesky Piles of Paperwork

I love paper -- which is why I'm staring at piles of it: scrapbooking paper, magazines, notebooks, catalogs, books, applications, Weight Watchers stuff.... I'm definitely behind on my filing, so I'm working on it today -- on my "office" day.

My friend Dawn inspired me to buy a 2-drawer filing cabinet. Up until now I've been able to get by with one of those portable filing boxes. You know, the hard plastic kind you get at Target or Walmart that have a handle on top. As a young mom, I kept the following files:

Food/Kitchen: clipped recipes, take-out menus, coupons, and weekly ads

Clothes: the lastest copy of LL Bean and Lands End, plus an envelope to hold tags and receipts in case something needed to be returned

Gifts: clipped magazine pictures of neat gift basket ideas

Household: paint chips, appliance manuals, clipped magazine pictures of cute decorating ideas

One file for each kid: anything I needed to keep for them, plus their SS# written on the tab (you'd be surprised how often you need that)

School: handbook, yearly calendar

Now that my kids are grown (except one) and my home is pretty well established, my filing needs are just a little different. But what about you? How do you handle your paperwork? How do you decide what to keep and what to throw away?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Greetings! Blog Post #1

At the suggestion of many people, I have started a blog. The purpose of this blog is to discuss home organization and time mangement and how making a plan will help us (1) have more time to spend with Jesus, and (2) have more time and money to go out and love others: our family, church, community, and world.

Since 2003 I have been teaching on this topic and now I'm writing a book. The full title is Redesign Your Homemaking: Creating Room To Love God and Love People.

So here are my questions: (1) How does your homemaking tasks interfere with your time with Jesus? What seems to take up all your time? And (2) If you had more time and money, what would you do to serve and love others?

Can't wait to hear your answers!