Saturday, February 20, 2010

Home Organization

I love taking care of my home. There is something great about the feeling you get when making things comfy and clean for your family. I don't always get my house as clean as I would like. It is hard when there are several people living in one home. Every one needs to pitch in and help do their share.  My pots and pans are not all shiny. I just recently found out that S.O.S. Cleaning Pads stands for "save our saucepans".  I think it is too late for some of mine.
I don't have a written out schedule I follow but I have found I do most things on a routine which is pretty much the same thing.  I clean the house on the days that work the best for what is happening that week, that usually ends up Monday or Tuesday which is what I prefer. If there are reasons I will switch cleaning that week to a better day and then return to my routine the next week, but I feel cleaning needs to be done once a week and it is best to keep it on the same days. Dust buildup causes sneezes and painful sinuses. Our cat, Johanne Sebastion Tiger, leaves fur here and there, so need I say more.
Laundry is something that must be done every day because there is something usually in the wash that someone needs. Waiting until a particular day doesn't help here. 
One of the things that helps to keep the home running smooth is having a binder full of important checklists and papers. Some items in mine are:  work schedules, phone numbers, computer passwords (nothing is worse than forgetting a password to a particular website), childhood vaccine schedules,  school testing score sheets, other medical papers, vacation and traveling checklists, holiday schedules, insurance papers and more.
The home isn't always kept perfect but I like coming up with new ways to organize and improve. My next goal is to set up a routine for cleaning out the refrigerator. Now there is a job that needs tackling.

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Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain