Planning Day

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Planning Day

Today is a planning day. For the last month I’ve either been on the road traveling or sick and feeling pretty miserable. It’s back to homeschool time in our house and because of different reasons – traveling, company, illness, etc. I haven’t even begun to plan out our new school year!

The good news is that most our books will be re-used from previous years. So I don’t have a lot to purchase this year.

We typically begin our new school year the day after labor day – which is today – so I’m working on which books we’ll be using and other ideas. I’ll share what we’re using this year soon.

A New Routine

I’m also working on our new schedule/ routine for the fall. This probably my biggest hurdle to cross right now. We’ve fall into a pretty laid back routine over the last few months – before summer even began, so we have a lot of work to do to get ready for a more serious routine.

I’m still not feeling 100% back to normal so mornings are a little hard. But, I prayed before I went to bed – my alarm clock is my phone and it was dead and I had left my charger at the church – so I prayed that God would make sure I was awake by 7 and you know, my husband’s alarm went off at around 6:30. I kind of ignored the alarm at first, but then my dog Caroline started barking because she wanted to go out. And then my husband asked me to go put his clothes in the dryer because he needed to wear something in that load today.

So, God answered that prayer. He’s so good!

And even though I still have a sore throat and lots of congestion, I took some cold medicine, asked God to give me strength, went to the kitchen, and made two batches of Cranberry Orange Muffins for breakfast and got the kids all ready to go to music lessons and college classes. And I’ve had more energy today than I’ve had in the last couple of weeks.

As for our new routine… I tend to be naturally laid back so as we’ve slipped into a laid back routine of mostly just doing what we feel like doing when we feel like it…. it’s kind of hard to break that habit. But I’m working on it.

For now, we’ll have a slightly stricter schedule – meaning I’m not planning to go back to scheduling the day in 15 minute increments the ways I used to do! Instead we’ll be working toward a steady routine. A lot of things have changed for our family over the last few months with the death of my mother-in-law and step father. And I’m looking forward to finding new groove.

My children are getting older - the youngest is eleven already! So my time is spent a little differently now than when I had five children at home and babies. But that also means that I have to find a new rhythm that works for our family now.

If you remember, I talked about being burn out at the beginning of this year and I’ve been feeling better as far as that goes. Part of recovering from the burn out was doing way less and not stressing over things. But I’m ready to get back into more of a routine with my household chores, homeschool, and other activities. It’s exciting, if not a little overwhelming!

Freezer Cooking

One thing I really want to implement this year more is batch cooking and freezer cooking. I haven’t done a whole lot of that in the past, but I think it would really help me be more efficient. My biggest problem is getting started. The idea can be a little overwhelming! I spend hours everyday – or most days – in the kitchen. Freezer cooking is a great way to spend less time over all in the kitchen, so I’m excited about finding some recipes to try.

As I mentioned before, this morning I made two batches of Orange Cranberry Muffins – one batch for today and a second batch for later in the week. This evening I’ll be making a pot pie with a biscuit topping. I’m planning to make a second batch of biscuits and fry up some vegetarian “sausage” patties {while the pot pie bakes} for tomorrow morning. We’ll be headed out early in the morning for a day at the ice rink and having breakfast already made will definitely help out – and it’ll also mean we can eat something better than cold cereal before running out the door.

And if I’m still feeling energetic when I get in the kitchen later today, I may make a third batch of biscuits to put in the freezer for later. We’ll see.

I hope to share more ideas for batch cooking and freezer cooking soon, so stay tuned! 

How to Plan Your Time

1. Choose a day to set aside time just for planning. You could do this seasonally and even weekly. Seasonal planning is more about overall goals and plans. Weekly planning is about day in and day out stuff – menu planning, socials, outside activities, household chores. I like to do my weekly planning on Sunday. Seasonal planning can be anytime that works for your current lifestyle.

2. Gather your planner, a notebook, pen, computer, etc. You want all the tools you need to help you plan. I use my computer for somethings, but I’m really a paper and pen kind of girl. That’s one of the reasons I love my This is My Life Planner so much!

3. Ask yourself some questions. For example, seasonal questions could be:

  • What has been working for me? What do I love about this past season that worked?
  • What has not been working? What do I want to change?
  • Where would I like to see myself/ our family in three months time?
  • What are some goals for this time of the year I want to accomplish?

4. Write down your thoughts and goals. I like to print our routine and laminate it and put it up on the refrigerator for everyone to see. I used my This is My Life Planner to organize my daily goals and weekly menu and it’s a life saver! You can see how I use my planner here.

5. If serious changes need to be made to your normal routine, it may be important to have a “family meeting” or at the very least let the kids know what changes will be made and any new rules you’ll be implementing!

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It’s important that we use our time wisely. Otherwise, before we know it, life has passed up by and we’ve just floated from one moment to the next without really living life with purpose.

And remember, being a Proverbs 31 Woman isn’t about being perfect. It’s about living life with purpose!

Here’s some other posts I’ve written along these lines that you may enjoy:

Do you set aside a time for planning? What changes are you making this year?

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The Living Rooms {Day 55}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 55

Scripture Memory: “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3,4

The Living Room is very often the room that we take guests who come to our home. In my house we also have a “Family Room” downstairs. The rule in my house is that the children do not play with their toys in the “Living Room” but they can in the “Family Room.” By enforcing this rule, I never have to fear guests dropping in unexpectedly because the Living Room is always neat and orderly.

   If you only have one Living Room, make that space friendly for the children as well as comfortable for your guests. There are many books available that offer creative ways for making your living space pretty as well as functional. If you feel challenged in the way of decorating, get a few books from your local bookstore and study how rooms are decorated and maybe your creativity will be sparked.

 Any room always looks nice if it is neat and clean – even if you do not have much money to spend on furniture or decorating. Clutter always gives an unpleasant feeling. Use pretty baskets with fabric linings to hide toys, magazines, books, office supplies, and other items in your home that would otherwise look cluttered. Pretty patchwork quilts or handmade afghans always give a warm, cozy feeling – and if you are able to make your own that is even better!

Artwork can be pricey, but creating your own work of art with watercolors or by cross stitching is just as pretty – or prettier! And you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you labored in love for your home and created something pretty. Family photos – especially good photos are wonderful to decorate with and they bring back happy memories at the same time!

Here’s a handy “How to Clean the Living Room Checklist” that you can use daily, weekly and monthly to stay on top of your living rooms.

How to Clean the Living Room Checklist

Cleaning the Living Room: Daily:

1. Pick up clutter.

2. Fluff pillows.

3. Straighten quilts or throws.

4. Vacuum or sweep floor as needed.

Cleaning the Living Room: Weekly:

1. Vacuum or sweep floor.

2. Dist tabletops, bookcases, shelves and piano.

3. Throw out accumulated clutter.

4. Vacuum upholstery if needed.

5. Remove musty odors by washing slipcovers and blankets. Or, use a product such as Febreeze®.

6. Clean windows and mirrors.

Tips:

1. Placing a fragrant air freshener such as Glade Plugins® or a Tart Warmer or candles in the room will ensure that there is always a welcoming scent in the room for friends and family to enjoy. I personally prefer a cinnamon spice fragrance all year long – it reminds me of pies baking or cider bubbling on the stove. Always yummy!

2. If you have a pet that lives indoors, you may not be aware of the odor in your home. However, guests will notice! Never allow pets to sleep on the upholstered furniture without a washable cover underneath them. Wash it frequently to keep odors from building up. If you have a dog, bathe him/her often. Vacuum fur up daily or use a lint brush in between vacuuming. Allowing your guests to leave your home with fur on their clothes is not nice!

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Homemaking is a Ministry {Sundays at Home}

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The Christian Homemaker

I’ve been a homemaker for over two decades now. That’s a long time! I didn’t always enjoy my role as a homemaker and honestly – there are times it still feels tedious!

But over the years I’ve come to realize that homemaking is just as important as any other type of ministry because as the wife and mother – the way our family feels at home speaks volumes about how we minister to their needs.

Does your home feel safe, peaceful, full of laughter, and welcoming to the weary soul? If not, it’s time to do some major clean-up! And sometimes it’s not just our house that needs a good cleaning. More often than not, our hearts are in need of a good scrubbing too.

Here at A Virtuous Woman, you’ll find lots of help finding peace in your heart and peace in your home.

Homemaking is a Ministry

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Intentional Homemaking

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Our families are blessed when we are intentional about homemaking. From choosing the perfect recipes, to making the bed, decorating or cleaning the bathroom, homemaking is a ministry.

How have you been intentional about homemaking this week?

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  1. Link to your post, not your main blog page so we can find your post.
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  3. Share your tips, ideas, diy projects, recipes, and anything else related to homemaking.

How are you blessing your home this week?

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