Wednesday, January 7, 2015

GET ORGANIZED IN 2015

2015: Contentment and the Sense of Well Being

By Ada Brownell



It might sound odd, but my sense of well being is connected to accomplishing priorities, organization and order.
No, I don’t think I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, a psychiatric illness, such as plagued the television fictional character Monk.
Furthermore, I believe a  family’s sense of well being is affected by order as well, and many women
don’t understand how easy it is to accomplish priorities and achieve order.My children are grown now, and I have great-grandchildren. But I learned through having five children that working only a few extra seconds and minutes each day accomplishes small goals does wonders for the household atmosphere.
Imagine the difference in how you feel if before you jump in the shower you “take five,” and read a scripture and pray for blessings upon you and your family. In fact, you can even pray while you’re in the shower or driving to work. Here’s a list of other things to do that will change the atmosphere in your home, especially for working women.
1.       Make the bed when you get out of it (your husband might help)...........................3 minutes
2.       Pick up dirty clothes and put into hamper...............................................................2  minutes
3.       Wipe down the shower ............................................................................................3 minutes
4.       After putting on makeup, put away everything on your vanity and clean the sink and mirror .......................................................................................................................................3 minutes
5.       While you dress, figure out what you’re having for dinner. You can put frozen meat, seasoned and ready to go in the oven set on time bake. Or put dinner in a crock pot, or stick potatoes in the oven set on time bake. The main thing is to think about dinner in advance and cut preparation time when you get home. You can even give the children chores to have completed by the time you get home ....................................................................................................................up to 10 minutes
6.       Never stand waiting while you microwave water for tea.  I can clean out the dishwasher in just a little longer than the time needed to heat water.....................................................about 2 minutes
7.       Tackle small cleaning jobs when you notice the dirt ..........................................10 minutes
8.       Fold and hang laundry directly from the dryer.............................................5 minutes per load
9.       Keep a running grocery list on the refrigerator and write down any product you regularly use that is running low  or you need........................................................................10 seconds for each entry.
10.   Pay bills when they arrive in the mail and balance check book regularly .........5 to 30 minutes
11.   Work on your inner person every day, studying God’s Word, reading good inspirational books.
12.   Fill your children’s love tank before you do anything else after work. Look at each of them in the eye, give them a hug, ask about their day, and tell them you love them. Then you can start preparing dinner..........................................................................................................2 to 5 minutes per child
13.   Work on your marriage. Take time to sit down beside your mate, watch a game or movie, and verbalize thankfulness for little things ................... ............................................5 minutes and up
14.   End the day thanking God for His blessings and tell him about your needs, believing He hears and answers prayer.................................................................................................5 minutes and up