Sunday, January 6, 2013

Taking Control of Your Time

                                      Taking Control of Your Time

I am very excited to get started on this series. It will last several weeks. I am just going  to give you small things to do so you can test them out, see if you like them ,and see  if they will fit with your family’s lifestyle. Be sure to subscribe to my blog and/or “like“me on Facebook to stay posted on all the upcoming topics in the series.

 I started reading and trying different methods of cleaning and organizing not long after I got married, around 14 years ago. Most of them either had a long process in order to implement or took up too much time from my day or week. I get overwhelmed very easily, so I have to do things that are easy to do and easy to carry through from week to week. I finally came up with a plan that for me is quick and easy for me.   In this series I will be giving you different thing to do in small segments so that you don’t become overwhelmed or want to give up. You will probably need to tweak these ideas in order for them to fit your family’s lifestyle.  My hope is that you will continue to  use these ideas,  and that they will help you use your extra time for Bible study, making memories with your family, traveling, and  anything other than cleaning and organizing.

The first step to getting your house organized is to declutter, which is a continuing process. Don’t put pressure on yourself to get it done in a week. This is something that you will need to do continually in order for your house to stay decluttered . 

Since most people like to see results immediately, the first thing you need to do is get everything that does not have a special place and put it in a container.  If you have magazines lying around, toys you are not sure where to put, or nick-knacks that you are unsure if you like, put them all in a container. Now take the container and put it someplace that you cannot see it, such as under a bed or in a closet.  We will do something with the stuff you collected next week.

Tip: Make sure you do not put anything in the basket that is important or that you will need anytime soon. 

I know this activity sounds really weird, but now you will be able to look at your home in a fresh light. Make sure that you look around every room and have everything placed where you like it and where it will be most efficient for you.  If anything needs to be moved in order to work better for you, figure out where it should go and move it this week.

I realized I never use my deep freezer because we had it in the storage room. I moved the dirty laundry to a new spot and was able to get the freezer in the laundry room.  This turned out great because the dirty laundry is in a better place, I use my deep freezer more, and I have a spot on top of the freezer to fold my laundry. 

Your house will run more smoothly when everything is in a logical, efficient place, and you will enjoy your house more when there is not clutter everywhere.

Recap: * This week put everything that does not have a place into a container such as a bag, basket, box, etc. Place it somewhere you will not see it, such as closet or under a bed.

*Make sure everything in your home is where it will be most efficient for you.


  1. I think these elements of housekeeping are often overlooked in Ladies Bible classes or when Christian women are talking. It is as though these things are considered too trivial to mention, and yet, if they are not tended to, the disorganized state of life makes it impossible to study the Bible in peace.

  2. These are also things which are rarely or never mentioned at Ladies Day Seminars. I remember going home from them as a young woman wishing that I had gleaned real information to help me cope with the constant demands of housekeeping. I'm so glad for bloggers that have taken up this challenge to teach what they know. Women contact me often on my blog and say that since they more or less grew up in institutions, or going from the house to an institution daily, no one ever taught them how to keep house and now they are overwhelmed. Once, I even contacted a church in the town where a lady needed help, but their women were all out working and unable to help teach her. That would have been an opportunity not only to teach a woman how to have success at home, but to teach and perhaps a soul would have been added to the kingdom.

  3. Thank you so much! It means so much to me for you to comment on my blog!

  4. I will add your blog to my blogroll. I am always looking for homeschooling homemakers to connect to.

  5. That would be wonderful!!!! Thank you!!!

  6. I know a young homeschool mom with five, who lives in a 1,400 sq. ft. home. How is she going to reorganize to de-clutter? Her laundry room only holds the washer and dryer and the cat litter box. That's it. Even a child cannot stand in front of the washer and dryer with the laundry doors closed.

    I hope you have some good ideas for de-cluttering homes that are ultra small.