The best things in life are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
Robert Louis Stevenson
I've been thinking a lot lately about the things that help to keep things running smoothly around here. On Sunday I spent a few minutes jotting down a meal plan and shopping list for the week ahead and then slipped out just after dinner to grocery shop on my own. When I take the time to do this, I have noticed a huge difference in the flow of our week. I don't have to scramble to figure out what we're eating and there are no quick trips to the store with my trio in tow to buy things to make dinner when we are all hungry and tired. We spend less and eat more healthfully when I use a meal plan and keep a shopping list to jot things down as we run out.
With homeschooling two children comes a lot less time to fritter away. I am someone who really likes my downtime to be free from nagging thoughts of things left undone and so I try to find efficient methods of keeping house so that my evenings are open for knitting, reading, and spending time with my husband. I'd like to start a series of posts on this topic and hear all about how you run your households. Cleaning, cooking, and laundry are things that we all have to deal with on a daily basis... it would be nice to feel some enjoyment from these tasks rather than feeling like they are something that must be simply endured.