This week I've been working on Facet No. 5 "Meet the Minute" from Daryl Hoole's "The Art of Homemaking" book.
The first words of the chapter are: "An ideal homemaker makes the best use of her time and energy by being efficient...."
And then the chapter outlines 10 different ways to become efficient---everything from maintaining good working conditions to eliminating unnecessary steps. In the weeks to come I'll be working on those steps but this week, after reading the chapter I combined the information into one idea that I tried out.
(Actually it's an idea that I came up with a few years ago---the first time I read the book---but then forgot about. But this week I brought it back. And it's been awesome!)
Here's what it is:
I pick up the carpool from school twice a week. Now, instead of just sitting there, looking around, waiting for the kids to come out of school I use that time to clean the mini van. (One of my least favorite jobs ever.)
In the little compartment under the passengers seat I've packed garbage bags, paper towels, and cleaners. Then in the few minutes I have while I'm waiting for the kids I pick up any trash and wipe down seats, windows, doors, or the dash board. (Whatever needs a little freshening up---and with kids in a mini van, there's always something that needs a quick wipe down.)
It's quick, easy, and keeps the van clean.
I started doing it faithfully after the first time I read "The Art of Homemaking" but then summer came and I completely forgot about it until rereading this chapter about efficiency.
I'm glad I remembered doing it! It's an easy way to keep our van livable.
And it makes me feel like I've at least done 1 thing right this week.
(If you've been following along on our Facebook Page you know that I've had a less than stellar week in the homemaking department.)
But I'm working on it....everyday I'm working on it...
Have a good weekend everyone and we'll see you back here on Monday!