Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
...I think he hit the nail right on the head. I think that being content in WHATEVER
It's a daily DECISION that one makes!!
Now-a-days with all the Beautiful things/furniture we see in stores, ideas we see in Magazines, Billboards, Pinterest, etc. I think it's easy to get dissatisfied with what we own and always want more.
Now you know me, I LOVE finding new ideas in My BHG magazine or on Pinterest...but I try to take WHAT I HAVE and make that new idea work.
I don't have a written out cleaning schedule (yet) but I'm going to list some things here that help me manage the never ending process of laundry, dirty dishes, cooking meals, etc.
I'd LOVE to hear ideas from YOU as well. =)
~Mix up THE NIGHT BEFORE dry ingredients of things you are going to make for Breakfast the next morning; ie, muffins, biscuits, pancakes, etc. If I'm going to make a Quiche for breakfast sometimes I make up the pie crust the night before, and put it in the pie plates, then cover them and put them in the 'fridge. Next morning, I just add the Quiche ingredients and pop them in the oven.
~As I told y'all earlier, My Moma taught us to NEVER go to bed without knowing what you are going to serve for your main meal the next day. That way you can put the meat in the 'fridge to thaw, etc.
~I like to Mix up cookie dough and only bake part of it, so that I can store it in the 'fridge for homemade cookies later that week.
~I'm trying to make sure my dishes are all washed up the night before, so I don't have that mess facing me when I go to make breakfast the next morning.
~After each meal our kids pick up their own plate, bowl, utensils, glass, garbage, etc. and take them to the kitchen. If there's time, they each wash their own dishes. If they are in the middle of the school day and there's not time to wash their own dish, then they at least helped me by clearing off the table and putting their things in the sink.
~After each meal I try to wash up dishes, wipe the table, and sweep the floor, so that if someone comes, my house looks presentable. (If for some reason I don't have time to do the dishes right then, I at least put them in the sink, so that my table looks nice and clean. =)
~I try to put a load of laundry into soak all night, so that the next morning I can start the washer and feel like "I'm ahead" on my laundry.
~Like I mentioned in my laundry post, I try to do at least 2 loads of laundry a day. (You have to realize that I have NO DRYER...so I have to CARVE out an extra 30 - 45 mins. to HANG the first load before I can start the second.)
~Each night I try to make sure that my living room and dinning room are straightened so that if I have a surprise visitor in the morning I'm not mortified. =)
~I try to vacuum, clean bathrooms, and dust once a week. Some ladies can do it more often, but with homeschooling 3 children and keeping a 2 and 4 year old entertained, I don't have lots of extra time on my hands. =)
It's easy for me to wish I were in the USA...or at least had the conveniences I could have if I were there.
Like a DRYER for instance...rather than having to find time to hang up EVERY. LAST. SOCK I just washed!
A Dishwasher, rather than hand-washing Everything (And most of the time by myself during the day, for my girls are busy studying.)
And a CAR that I could just jump into and run get my groceries, rather than walking a MILE one way dragging a cart behind me to go grocery shopping.
However, I don't think that would be being CONTENT in whatever state I find myself in.
My white kitchen floor in this rental home may appear Gray-ish some of the time, and my SPIRAL stair well walls WHICH HAVE NO HANDLE may be covered with little fingerprints...as my babies hold on for SAFETY going up and down...but I know that my sweetheart LOVES me, yummy home-made smells are coming from my kitchen, and my kids are happy...so I'm content! =)
I LOVE to swap ideas with other ladies. =)