Each night I spend a little time making preparations that will make my morning workload joyful. As Keepers of the Home, we have the responsibility of managing the home. We are what I would call a CEO over the day-to-day operations our homes. Our families look to us to know what needs to be done and how.
Our job never truly ends, but to make it an enjoyable extension of our lives we must become good stewards of our time and resources.
The tips that I will share today will be useful whether you are a full-time or part-time Keeper of the Home.
At some point during your day, take a moment to jot down your normal morning routine. Some of you may already have a written routine in a binder of some sort that will work perfectly.
As you look at that routine think about some small steps you can take today to lighten your load tomorrow.
When I look at my schedule here are a few things that come to mind.
Having my cup and spoon in the coffee maker in advance, buys me a few more moments of peace and quiet in the mornings. I am up at 6:30 a.m. so opening and closing cabinets or drawers in a quiet house seems so much louder when every one is still asleep. The less noise I make the longer the children will stay asleep.
#2~Put tomorrows dinner meat in the refrigerator to defrost overnight.
I cook dinner from scratch probably 28 of 31 nights out of a month and trying to start dinner with a frozen block of meat will throw a wrench in my evening schedule. When I forget to defrost the meat I end up feeding the children cereal or snacks for dinner which is not good because their belly’s are not as full.
#3~Take out my clothes for the next day.
I have been working for a two years now on getting dressed and groomed everyday whether I have somewhere to go or not. I have read that husbands and children love it when mom gets dressed up each day. I believe that it is important for me to look my best for them, not just when I have somewhere to go.
#4~Look over my home keeping schedule, calendar and breakfast menu for the next day.
If cereal is on the menu I check to make there is enough in the cupboard. If not I grab a box from the pantry downstairs. I also check to see if our milk supply needs to be replenished. I always keep powdered milk on hand to prevent having to run to the store at the last minute.
These are just a few examples of ways the ways that I prepare for my mornings. Preparing for the day can be done at night or in the morning. It is a biblical principle found in Proverbs 31:15,27
15 She rises while it is yet night and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.