Friday, January 18, 2008

Making Your Home a Haven Challenge

Good Evening Ladies! I just stumbled upon something I had not seen Crystal's Blog,Making your home a Haven, find it here. This is what being a good Christian Women is all about! I am writing out my Schedule TONIGHT in hopes to start following it tomorrow~
1) Refresh Your Spirit
Have a cup of tea ( I love tea) and do my devotional. In the morning I like to read: Daily Power Thoughts By Robert Schuller and I am now reading: Seeking Him by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I will write in my prayer journal and daily reading journal.
2) Tackle your Morning Routine
Morning Routine: (See Below)
1) Devotional/prayer time
2) Exercise
3) Get dressed
4) Make beds & Breakfast
5) Tidy up
6) Start Laundry
3) Take Time to Plan
I will post this tomorrow
4) What's For Dinner?
Chicken Alfredo
5) Do Something!
I will be doing my home blessing hour and others chores I didn't get to yesterday!

Daily Schedule:
Morning Routine
1. Rise and Shine ( bible and Prayer time)
a. Make Bed as soon as you get out of it
b. Go into the bathroom.
c. Shower and clean the bathroom while you are there.
d. Fix your hair and face.
e. Swish the toilet and leave the room never to return till later. It is clean and you can forget about for now.
f. Leave your bedroom with a load of laundry in hand and go straight to the washer.

2. Kitchen
. If you did your Before Bed Routine, the kitchen is clean and all you need to do is empty the dishwasher.
a. Make coffee and start breakfast. ( Usually made when I make my tea)
b. Feed the critters.
c. Feed the family (including yourself).

3. Think About Your Day
. Check your calendar.
a. Make your list of what you are going to do today (PODA or To Do List)
b. Thaw something for dinner.
c. Checkbook (bring down your balance).
d. Reboot the laundry (put in dryer).
e. Do quick check and tidy house.
~~~~~ Do Chores & Tuesday/Thursday Work in Christian Pre-School~~~~~~
After noon Routine
A. Get ready For Dinner
1. Clean table and Living room
2. Get dinner started
3. 3. Have lunches ready to go in boxes!
B. Clean House
1. Pick up
C. Get ready for DH to come home
1. Light Candles
2. Check House: Make sure inviting and clean
3. Freshen hair & Make-up
4. Make my self smell good
5. Get remotes and TV ready
7. Have dinner & tea waiting for him!
Before Bed Routine
1. Clean up the house before you go to bed. (20 minutes - tops)
a. Living room: Pick up and put away things, magazines, dishes, clothes, shoes.
b. Kitchen: Clean it up, shine sink, lay out clean dishcloths, and run the dishwasher.
c. Dining room/entrance: Clear the hot spots.
d. Review your check list to make sure you have not forgotten anything.

2. Think about tomorrow before you go to bed.
. Check your calendar and/or planner for appointments.
a. Start a PODA (Parade of Daily Adventures) or "To Do" list for tomorrow.
b. Think about: What can I do tonight that will make tomorrow morning easier? (make lunches?)
c. Gather up items that you do not want to forget and place them in a spot by the door. Make sure you can see them before you walk out.
d. Start Breakfast: Set table and plan what you are cooking (just make a mental note).
e. If you plan to use the crock pot, then get some of those things ready so all you have to do is throw it together.
f. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow. It is a simple thing that saves lots of time by being decisive. If something needs to be ironed, or has a spot on it, you can deal with it in a calm manner or choose to wear something else. Take it to the cleaners on your errand day, launder it, or fix that missing button according to your schedule - no pressure. All the stress has been relieved.

3. Focus on God & family before going to bed.
. Get yourself ready for bed.
a. Brush your teeth, clean your face, comb your hair.
b. Take vitamins and other meds.
c. Bath time! Bubbles mmmmmm...
d. Night time bible study
e. Put on jammies!
f. You are now ready for bed.

Weekly Chores:
Sunday: Spend time with God
Monday: Kitchen
Tuesday: Work & Desk Day
Wednesday:Home Blessing Day ( Clean living room, dust, mop ect) & Zine Clean
Thursday: Work & Bathrooms & Grocery/Errand Day
Friday:Clean Rooms & Start Weekend Chorse & Paper Work Ect.
Saturday: Catch up and "once a month project"

Daily To Do List:
Morning exercise

Morning prayers & quite time

Make beds

Pick up & control clutter around home

Do Dishes

Sweep & Mop Kitchen

Clean outside of Cabinets & Counters

Wipe sink & counters in Bathroom

Spray tubs with daily cleaner

Sweep/vacuum high traffic areas

Start Load(s) of laundry

Feed & water pets

Take care of Garden & plants

Fill Birdfeeders & baths

Dry or hang laundry

Fold Laundry & put away

Plan & prepare meals

Clean up after meals

Set out family clothes for next day

Prepare for tomorrow

Spray home & air disinfectants

Spend quality time with family

Nightly bible & quite time

Once a Month Items:
1st weekend: Wash/ vacuum couches curtain & rugs
2nd weekend: Clean out Pantry and freezer – Complete
Monthly inventory sheets
3rd weekend: Clean under kitchen & bathroom sinks.

4th weekend: Clean out drawers
Monthly Budget & other worksheets
Monthly Home check up

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