Funny how Christmas takes up so much mind space. Since I don't have much space up there to spare, as soon as it's over I feel like I have tons of real estate in my brain that's available for new usage. Inevitably, I think about the new year and ways to start getting organized. Wow, my synapses are firing on all cylinders today!
For starters, in order to do any job well, it's important to have the right tools. Sometimes I think about how many times I've struggled with a standard screwdriver when the task called for a Phillips....or I've tried to to pound a nail with a shoe...things that should be simple and quick tasks become frustrating because I couldn't put my hands on the right tools when I needed them.
The same is true for homekeeping. I find that if I have the things I need IN STOCK - and HANDY - I can accomplish little tasks effortlessly, without the frustration and inevitable procrastination that comes when I can't find the tools. Homekeeping tools - and supplies - are just as important as the wrenches and cordless drills your husband can't live without.
I suggest keeping these supplies where you actually use them: under sinks (child-proofed, of course) or at the very least on each floor of the house or each end of the house.
Get these at a discount store to put in a caddy per bathroom (or floor level):
"Small Things" Supplies
Wisk broom/dust pan
Optional: Pop-up wipes (love these)
General cleaning supplies to have:
Tools: brooms, mop, vacuum
Starting fresh with the tools you need will give you power to spend time on the things you really WANT to do, instead of feeling victimized by all the housework.
Remember, Sanctuary in the Small Things is not just about cleaning, but it's about caring for your home and the people who live in it. It's part of showing love AND helping your family members belong to the process of homemaking. I'm all over that.
POINTS: 40 for taking stock of what you have and start getting everything together!
Can you get your supplies together by Friday, Dec. 31? How about if I throw in 30 extra points for actually putting the supplies where you need them!
P.S. WELCOME to all the new Company Girls yesterday!!! I'm so glad you're joining us!