My sweet sister-in-law, Rebekah, called me this week wanting some advice on time management and home upkeep. She's finding her proverbial plate filling up quickly -- she's a wife, a mother to a new walker, a Bradley method instructor-in-training, and a soon-to-be partner with her husband at his new chiropractic office. She wanted to know how I keep things going as a wife, mom of three (and coordinator of the fourth's homecoming), homeschool teacher, and business owner myself.
We spent a while talking about things I've found that work for us as well as tips that I got from wise women when I was a young wife and first-time mom (I would love to still consider myself a young wife, but the wrinkles that stare me down each morning in the mirror tell a different story). We chatted about cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, organizing the pantry, and even a bit about dividing up and labeling all the toys.
I hung up from our conversation feeling refreshed and excited. It's always fun to chat with Rebekah, and I love being able to pour into young wives and moms as was done for me years ago (and continues to be done by some!). Then in taking my own advice, I made use of an extra five minutes I had in my day to grab the broom and do a little work under the kitchen table. Now granted, the kids had just finished their lunches, so I expected a few crumbs here and there.
But I would hardly call this a few crumbs...
I guess what I'm saying is that if you're looking for tips on how to keep a tidy house, I'll be happy to get you some names and numbers.