A few months back when Elizabeth and I were able listen to Daryl Hoole speak we took pages and pages of notes. (She just had so many great things to say!) And one of those things is what I’ve been working on this week.
Mrs. Hoole says that before you go to bed you should put your house to bed.
Basically that means before you go to bed straighten up your house and get it ready for a new day…put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher, pick up all toys, make sure laundry is folded and put away, etc. This gives you a fresh start on the day. When you wake up you don’t have a pile of chores already waiting for you to complete. She says that this will make sure that “your new day is a success before you’ve even opened your eyes”.
So, every night this week I’ve made sure that I’ve “put the house to bed” before I’ve gone to bed. Except for one night—the day had been full of errands, and homework, and grocery shopping, and the carpool. Then that evening I was gone at a meeting. When I came home I was exhausted. All I wanted to do is crawl into my bed and under my electric blanket, which is exactly what I did.
And I regretted it the next morning!
(I really did—after days of waking up to a clean home it was discouraging to wake up to dirty dishes, a pile of unfolded laundry, and scattered toys. Before I could do anything else I had to catch up from the previous day—and it wasn’t awesome.)
In her book Mrs. Hoole says,
“Each evening, before our children go to bed, they are required to pick up their toys, books, paper, and clothes. Then before my husband and I retire for the night, I go through the house, taking a survey of each room, and putting away anything that is out of place.”
And that is exactly what I’ve been doing this past week….with only one minor change. Right after the kids go to bed I have my husband help me go through the house and “put it to bed”. Then we have the rest of the night to relax in a quiet, peaceful home. It’s heaven on earth.
It seems so obvious and makes so much sense. I only wish I’d have gotten into this habit years ago.
Have a good weekend everybody.