Today, Roo Mag is featuring an article I wrote titled: “Wash on Mondays, Iron on Tuesdays.” I hope you’ll hop over there and read it, then come back. Or read this first, then hop over there. I’m working on releasing my need to control things, so feel free to do what you prefer.
I based that article on the hand embroidered tea towels I remember seeing when I was a young girl. I’m not sure if one of my grandmother’s had them or maybe even my mother. But even as a child I loved the idea of order. (My books and the knicknacks on my shelf were all ordered by size. Pity my sweet free-spirited little sister who had to share a room with me.)
If you’ve never seen them, they varied in design, but they were always charming. I included a great sample of one here.
I’ll admit that my life isn’t as ordered as I’d like it to be. I’m still actively mothering five youngins ages 14 to 20, and every week is different in our house.
What I’ve learned from generations of women before me is that priorities make the difference when it comes to getting control of my schedule. When I identify my priorities, whether for the week, day or the next hour, I’m much better able to make decisions about what needs to be done.
Yesterday was a perfect example of this for me. Right now I have deadlines piled upon deadlines. Some I’m looking at in the rear-view mirror … that I didn’t meet. Some are staring me in the face. Some are taunting me from around the corner.
Yesterday morning, I found myself sitting and staring, then putting my face in my hands and groaning, then staring, then groaning … and the pattern continued. I realized the problem was I didn’t have clear priorities. I was overwhelmed and everything seemed like a fire I needed to put out – right then. But that wasn’t true. So I stopped the ridiculous staring/groaning routine and made a master list of what had to be done and by when.
Then I was able to pencil out a schedule for the next week, assigning each task to a day. I also scheduled grocery shopping and laundry – two big weekly priorities for my family of seven. Plus some trips to the gym.
Once that was done, I was able to focus on the one thing I assigned myself for Wednesday. And I got it done!
Yes, I still have a lot to do. But I don’t feel stressed and overwhelmed. I know what needs to be done and I have a plan. Of course, my plan might be hijacked by a sick child or a dog who tried to run through my screen door a few hours ago, bending the frame, and now I have to call the screen repair man – thank you very much! But, I will just adjust my schedule … with a smile.
Enough about me. Do you have a schedule? How does it work for you? What do you think about how our grandmothers (and greatgrandmothers) ordered their weekly housekeeping tasks? Could it work for us?
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Thanks so much for joining me today.
Grace & Peace,