Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A month of homemaking

She looketh well to the ways of her household,

and eateth not the bread of idleness


Proverbs 31:27.

I had detailed plans for my September challenge. Originally, my plan was to focus on eating fresh fruits and/or vegetables at every single meal. I thought that would be a great addition to our attempts at a healthy diet. However, hubby and I are still sleeping on an air mattress. We order a bed on Friday afternoon but that will use up the entirety of our account. It's just not good timing for an additional grocery expense.

Instead, at the very last minute, I decided that I'm going to spend September focused on my job - that of being a fulltime homemaker. It seems these days I do anything but my job at home. I mentor a Bible reading program, write blog posts and read others' blogs, knit, and study Japanese. All of these are good things but they are not the most important thing in my life. Outside of my relationship with God, my relationship with my husband is the most important thing and that includes my duties as his wife.

This week, my focus is on finding a loose schedule. Attempts at strict scheduling while still in Arizona failed miserably because my husband works from home. He works very long hours but is not on a strict schedule. Sometimes he takes breaks during the day. Sometimes he works all evening. And sometimes he works through the night. All of this, since he was working in our living room, made it difficult for me to develop and keep a homemaking schedule. A good portion of his job is phone support and conference calls and that requires me to be absolutely quiet.

Right now, my husband is working out of our dining room. That is the same situation as in Arizona but it seems he is on the phone less. Eventually, he will be setting up an office downstairs in our spare bedroom but has to wait until we can afford to purchas office furniture. For the time being, a loose schedule is the best I can do.

For the past few days, I have shut my laptop and not allowed myself to use it until after 10AM. This gives me several hours to read my Bible, eat breakfast, and complete various housekeeping chores. Getting on the computer first thing in the morning is a difficult habit to break, but a necessary one. I can waste hours on the computer being "productive" by responding to emails, reading blog posts, finding new recipes, browsing knitting patterns, etc. Again, these are all positive things but they need to be limited.

I will spend the rest of the week coming up with a loose schedule and a list of housework that needs to be done each day, each week, and each month. I have bookmarked several websites that discuss homemaking binders and will report back at the end of the week!

6 comments:

Mara said...

Since my sleeping habits are improving only very slowly, I have no other option but to keep a loose housekeeping schedule. Fortunately, my husband is very supportive of this.

I'm also glad that you're going to get a new bed soon. :)

Johanna said...

You're definitely blessed. There is no place like home, especially when you have the opportunity to really make it wonderful.

m.b. said...

I have had a loose housekeeping schedule due to the my state of health and my daughter's. But I find that everything gets done quietly and calmly.

m.b.

rubenesquehippo said...

Great ideas :) You might want to check out Trello.com I'm just starting to use it to plan and organize my quilting and the dog rescue :) (((HUGS))) Shana

Lauren said...

I really like the idea of not using the computer until mid-morning. I find that when I do my Bible reading in the morning, it sets my mind on things above and also helps my mood for the day :)

Carrie said...

I'm curious to see how this all plays out for you. I'll be watching for the report.