Quote; Organize yourselves; aprepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a bhouse of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house ofcorder, a dhouse of God;
One place to start in Organizing Ourselves is to have a plan or schedule if you will. Life is full of so much to do, and we cannot get it all done in one day. So how do we divide all of these responsibilities, or things that need to get done, in a week.
Creation Schedule: My youngest sister came across this idea a few years ago and presented it to me. I took this on to help me be a starting point in being more organized with my time. Basically, you break down the week according to the order the earth was created. There is more than one version, and I chose the one represented in a sacred place.
Monday: Organize Matter
Schedules for the week
When our family has a lot going on, it's good to correlate schedules, so there are few surprises. It's good to have a calendar, where everyone can see it. Each person has a colored pen, family and general gets black. Work schedules, activities, lessons, school happenings, whatever is needed to be kept track of goes on the calendar and by simply seeing the color indicated who the activity was for.
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I plan my meals by what I have on hand. I get paid my house hold money on Wednesday, and I should have on hand from the shopping all I need for the week. I like the Food Nanny's approach on planning ahead, but I personally cannot do two weeks ahead. She suggest each night having a theme. She also has lots of wonderful recipes (I am a recipe junkie) or you can put in your own to fit.
Grocery list: Is made by looking at ads and making my menu by what is on sale. Make a list of all you will need to make the planned meals and treats. I also make a list of non-food items needed. "Limit how much you go to the store during the week. If you need to go, be firm with yourself so you stay on budget and don't walk out with more than you went in for.
Tuesday: Divide water from firmament
Laundry day is a stay at home most of the day, day for me. That way I sort the laundry, and when each load is done, I am there to get it taken care of. I wash mine and my husbands things, towels, and often Charly's things. My boys do there own. I keep myself busy in between loads, by sewing and mending, or if there is none, make bread and other prep items in my kitchen.
I found a recipe on making my own laundry soap that I use:
Dugger Laundry Soap (19 Kids and Counting fame)
1 bar Fels Naptha
1 c. washing soda (not baking soda, found on laundry isle)
1/2 c. Borax
My processor had the chopping blade and the grating blade fits on top so I can grate and chop at the same time.
Grate the bar, then mix with the powders. Use 2 Tablespoons for regular load and 1 Tablespoon for light.
For my whites I also add Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing. When a little bluing is added to the last rinse water, whites come out looking much whiter. This is due to the sunlight reflecting back from the blue, giving the illusion of whiteness. Bluing is especially helpful to use with homemade laundry soap which lacks the many additives found in commercial products.
Here's a recipe to make your own if you would like.
1 ounce Prussian Blue powder (available from the pharmacy)
1/2 ounce powdered oxalic acid (available from the pharmacy)
1 quart soft, or distilled water.
Mix together and store on the laundry shelf.