Sunday, November 14
So, this morning was a regular Sunday morning for us... the alarm goes off at 6:15 and Father John and I roll out of bed at 6:30. The goal is to get out the door by 7:30, so we have to hustle to get five people dressed and presentable in an hour.
What was different about today was that I did not do my usual homemaking routine (dishes, laundry, pick up) before I fell into bed last night. Since the children were still just waking up when I got out of bed, I zoomed around finishing up what I hadn't done the night before. I tossed wet clothes into the dryer and filled the washer back up to wash another load, quickly rinsed off the dishes in the sink and started the dishwasher, and then I raced around and picked up around the main living space of the house. By this time, the children were awake, so I quickly tidied the bedroom and made the bed while Sugar Plum and Little Man straightened their little beds. When I glanced at the clock, I was worried that we would be in trouble with the time and the fact that the children and I weren't dressed, but I was shocked to find that it was only 6:50. Only 20 minutes had passed!
For me, this is proof that I waste my time in the mornings. Often, we are up by 6:30 0r 7, but my morning routine (which is basically what I mentioned above plus breakfast, family prayers, and folding a little laundry) isn't done until 10 or 11. Bad, bad, bad! I hope that this little revelation will help me motivate myself to do better in the morning. I find that the children are at their freshest first thing, and if I can get the few things that I need to keep the house running smoothly accomplished within twenty or thirty minutes, then things will be a lot easier.
I haven't done many posts on homemaking in awhile, and I've gotten a few questions about how I do things. I am hoping to write a few posts on the topic this coming week... Hopefully, you won't be bored to tears!