Remember awhile back when I said that I'd been keeping a secret and that I had started The Art of Homemaking book again...but hadn't been posting about it. Well, all that was true but then the holidays and the illness that never ends began and I fell off the wagon.
But I'm back...and I've been working through it again.
And since I've talked about chapters 1-4 quite a few times I'm skipping to where I currently am---chapter 5, which is entitled "A Place For Everything".
The chapter header says:
"An ideal homemaker realizes that order must be the first law of her home. With her home free from clutter and confusion, maximum progress and accomplishment may be enjoyed by family members. This helps bring about a tranquil atmosphere which is a blessing to all."
A home free from clutter and confusion...a tranquil atmosphere which is a blessing to all. Yes please. Sign me up.
Chapter 5 is the longest chapter in the book and I'm not sure I will be able to incorporate everything I've read into my daily life but I do want to try as much of it as I can. So I'm starting by just taking a piece here, and an idea there and trying it out for a week and then evaluating how it goes.
This week I've been working on this bit of advice from Mrs. Hoole:
"Housecleaning can be done much more smoothly and faster if things are where they belong and you don't have to shift and restack as you work. It takes longer to set something down, to be picked up later and put away, than it does to put it away in the first place."
That thought translates in my head to the saying "touch it once".
If there is a book on the kitchen table and your trying to set the table for dinner just don't move it to the counter top---walk it over to the book shelf and put it away. Touch it once. Don't move it only to have to pick it up and move it again later.
Sounds simple...and it is...but it takes practice. This week I've found out just how lazy I can be! It's easier just to move something for a minute than to put it away and I find myself saying "just touch it once" quite a few times everyday. However, by simply picking it up and putting it away I'm finding I spend less time cleaning and have less chaos out and about. It works...and I plan on keeping it up. Even if I'm telling myself "JUST TOUCH IT ONCE" a thousand times a day.
Have a good weekend everyone!