A few months ago I went into our local investment office to deposit a check. The nice receptionist asked me if I was off work that day since it was in the middle of the day. My response before I even really put much thought into it was "I don't work, I just stay at home" and then she said "Oh it must be nice to just stay at home and do nothing" this really didn't even sink in until I was back in the car. I almost got back out, I wanted to run right back in there and tell her a few things !! She didn't say what she said to be mean or anything but I think she and lots of other people think the same thing, staying at home is easy! You can just stay at home all day and sit around and do nothing. I was really down by the time I returned home and it bothered me all day, why when she asked about me working wasn't my response proudly "I am a Keeper of my home" . This escalated over the hours to me questioning my ability and dilligence of keeping our home. I then went and got out any and all books, pamphlets, etc...that had to do with organizing/homekeeping and proceeded to find out why I am such a bad home keeper??
This is just a sampling of books that I have on the subject. I made all kinds of notes and what it is that I need to work on more. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night to get this done. I just Love the book titled "More hours in my day" I am always thinking that there just never seems to be enough time. Then I realized that I was trying to cram too many things into my days. We are empty nesters so I think people assume that since I don't have any small children at home anymore I should be out working. For some people this may be an option but I am standing on God's Word and in His Word it clearly states that we are to be Keepers at home. I just know that this is where God wants me, I feel it in my heart. I just need to get way better at it :)
I have started to redo my home management binder (Which I have renamed my Keeper at Home Binder), since it's just me and Roger and I don't have children's chore charts or any homeschooling papers I have decided to downgrade the size and things that I put in my Keeper at Home binder. I have gone from using a 3" Binder for everything to puting all my Keeper at home items in one that is a 1 1/2" binder. All of my other papers are being organized and put into small binders seperate from the Keeper at Home binder. I am now using the large 3" binder to put all my embroidery stencils/patterns/instructions in and does it hold a lot. Makes finding things much easier than searching through the piles on my table top!!
I will have to take some pictures of my new Keeper at Home binder to show you all, I am still trying to get a routine/schedule made up for my daily cleaning and organizing that will work for me. I have tried using so many different methods and there doesn't seem to be one specific one that works for me. I like doing the task cleaning, like dusting the whole house or cleaning all counters/sinks so I am trying very unsuccesfully so far to incorporate everything I want done in to the days of the week. I will let you know if I make any progress on it :)
I also want to thank all of my wonderful blog friends who have followed me over to this new blog. You are all true treasures. Thanks for all of the nice comments left and the e-mails.
I would certainly appreciate your prayers for tomorrow, I will be going to the one place I dread more than anything ~ The dentist, getting a crown done. My dentist does prescribe me some Valium just to get myself in the door, if not I would be a basket case....