Today is quite humbling, but that’s kind of the theme of my entire site, right? I’ve been humbled, you’ve been humbled…and we’re all learning together.
For a while now, I’ve wanted to share with you what I consider to be one of my worst–if not the worst mistakes I’ve made as a homemaker.
I quit using a day planner. Actually, after my second child was born, I stopped using a calendar period. And I quit living on a schedule.
It has been so incredibly detrimental to my family, my home and even my own health (more about that in the weeks to come…how’s that for a hint?).
You see, I never was much of a scheduled person. I don’t think I used a planner at all until I was in college. Then, all freshmen were required to use one, and I actually fell in love with how it helped my oh-so-scatter-brained self keep all my assignments and appointments together.
Before that, I was the classic straight A student, but I was always, always flying by the seat of my pants. I said I worked best under pressure. But I have to wonder how much better my work would have been if I hadn’t waited until the last minute to do everything.
Some of my earliest school memories are up my sweet mom staying up with me until the wee hours of the morning to help me finish a project (I’m talking late elementary school science fairs!). I remember us both talking about computers being from the devil when the printer would jam the old-styled green and white paper. It always seemed to happen right when I had a project due, and the stress would weary us both.
(Hmmmm, if I had prepared in advance, the last-minute paper jam wouldn’t have amounted to much!)
After college, I continued to use a planner and keep up with my appointments, etc….until I became a stay-at-home mom. Just like the breastpump, I had felt tied to my planner as a working mom, and I was ready to throw it out the window.
And so, I gave it up. After all, why do stay-at-home moms have to live on a schedule? Wasn’t being a stay-at-home mom the life? Couldn’t my baby and I both stay in our pjs all day long, watch Sesame Street and eat bon bons while lounging on the couch?
Ha! By the time baby #2 came along, I learned that flying by the seat of your pants and motherhood do not mix. That year was especially tough. I was dealing with PPD, and Baby Girl #2 wasn’t the healthiest baby. I was constantly running her to doctor’s and chiropractic appointments and trying to balance not one but two Bible studies. (Yes, what was I thinking?!)
I just couldn’t keep up, and my daily mantra was: “I just can’t get it together! I just can’t get it together!”
Those who know me the best know that I still don’t have it together. You can teach an old dog new tricks, but when those tricks have been shaped over the course of 30-some years, it takes a while.
Here are some resources that are helping me turn around my worst homemaking mistake of not living on a schedule:
I’ll be honest: A few weeks ago I almost canceled the giveaway. Why? Well, I figured you all were a little givewayed out, and, plus, I wasn’t doing so hot on keeping myself scheduled. Then Sue sent me and my ad manager, Nicole, a planner to try.
Oh.my.goodness: I fell in love! As much as I try to be an electronic gal, at heart I’m at my best with pen and paper. This planner reminds me so much of that first planner I used in college–except that it is designed specifically for a homemaker by a very seasoned homemaker. The best part? It fits in my purse!
Read all about it here. (Right now it’s half price!!)
Clean Mama is one of our sponsors this month–and for good reason. I discovered Becky’s Clean Mama printables several months back, and I fell in love! She sells them on Etsy, and there are printables for just about every planning need imaginable! I had used printables before, but I don’t think I had ever found ones so pretty. I love her color schemes! I especially love the health and fitness printables!
3. List PlanIt
I won a membership to List PlanIt last summer, and I am 99.9% sure I am probably going to renew my annual membership. List PlanIt contains printables similar to Clean Mama’s except that you can type into them, so you don’t have to print them out unless you absolutely want to.
Stephanie at Keeper of the Home reviewed the site’s new set-up last week–which is pretty cool considering that now you don’t even have to store all the documents on your own hard drive. List PlanIt has made it available for you to keep a lot of your lists right on their site!
I had always wanted to set up a home management binder, but because organization does not come naturally to me, I needed someone to hold my hand and walk me through it–step-by-step. Kayse Pratt does that in her fairly-new ebook, Getting it Together: Your Guide to Setting Up a Home Management System that Works. This book is a quick read and comes with 30 printables to get your home management binder started. And it’s only $3.99!
A couple months back I was incredibly blessed by weekly mentor meetings with family manager coach Holly of Controlling the Spin Within. I went on to take her 6-week home management class, and, wow, she is a treasure full of wisdom!
What I love best about Holly is that she is real. She has been out of the season I am currently in for quite some time (her boys are in high school and college), but she remembers! Praise God–someone remembers!
She gave me so much encouragement and motivation! I haven’t seen her for a while, but I am meeting up with her tomorrow, and I am just so excited! She radiates God’s love and has such a heart to mentor young moms like me who struggle to stay on a schedule!
Do you ever struggle to stay on a schedule or struggle with organization? What has been your worst homemaking mistake?
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