Welcome back to the ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom Challenge. You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*.
I know what you’re thinking… Up until now, this series has consisted of much more Goal-Setting than any actual Home Management Binder building. You’ve been sitting there with a pretty binder and front cover waiting, just waiting, for the magic organizational tools to put in it… And yet we seem to have stalled.
Hang on, though. Good home management is entirely based upon knowing where we want to go. Only once we have that figured out we can plan out how to get there.
Another thing you might have noticed… The house-keeping goals we made were somewhat scanty. But why? This a HOME-Management Binder, isn’t it? Not a RELATIONSHIPS binder! When are we going to actually start managing the home?
Well first off, I must insist that a HOME is very different from just a HOUSE. A house is made up of walls, some flooring, and a few decorative pillows. A Home is made of people. Everything we do in the home (meal planning, keeping it orderly, folding laundry) is meant to serve people. That’s the purpose. That’s the goal. It’s so easy to become obsessed (or stressed) about keeping a home clean that we forget why we do it in the first place. So let me clarify something right now…
A Home-Management Binder is not your means to a spotless house.
Wait, don’t leave. Instead, it’s where we plan out the means to a happy, peaceful home that runs the best it can.
Breakfast crumbs will still fall and be tracked across the kitchen floor. That is an expected part of being a mother to littles. If your husband comes home and dumps a bunch of odds ‘n’ ends on the kitchen counter you just cleared that’s okay. However, if you have your responsibilities mapped out and systemized, hopefully no science experiments will be growing in the back of your fridge and you won’t go a year between vacuuming. See the difference?
That being said, the rest of this series is going to be more focused on the more housey-side of things. We’re going to be working out a system to…
- Have a Clean and Organized home (at least enough that we’re able to find things when we want them, keep our environment healthy, and keep our surroundings low stress and not an embarrassment to last-minute company)
- Keep on top of laundry (I’m talking folding warm clothes from the dryer and putting them in drawers that same day)
- Serve healthy, tasty meals on a regular basis
- Keep our spending within budgeted limits
- Keep ourselves fit, healthy, and hydrated
But wait… I nearly forgot. Your challenge for today! I’m going to be a bit coy and give you an assignment without fully explaining myself.
Day #8’s challenge (which I’ll better explain tomorrow) is to split your home into 10 imaginary pieces. You may have a smaller home with 3 rooms total or a larger one with 20 rooms! Either way… 10 pieces. Be sure to cover everything, including your garage, porch, or attic. See you tomorrow!