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Homemaking 101 Series: Where to Begin When You’re Overwhelmed

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Homemaking 101 Series: Where to Begin When You’re Overwhelmed

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“The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all, is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Before we move on to areas of organization, menu planning and other posts that are part of our day to day care of our homes and families in the Homemaking 101 Series, I wanted to address those readers out there that are overwhelmed.

Maybe you’re the reader who is drowning in clutter and chaos.

Maybe you’re the reader who has some semblance of order but just can’t seem to get anything productive done from day to day to keep the clutter and chaos under control so you have to spend days at a time trying to gain order back.

You may be the reader who never had the care and keeping of your home modeled for you by your mother or an older woman.

Most of my home keeping has been self taught from books and websites that I have gleaned and learned much from over the years.  My grandmother was a beautiful example to me of how to keep a home but most of my time was spent with her when I was little.   When my husband and I first got married we moved away from family for his job so I was on my own in figuring out cleaning, shopping, laundry, meal planning and caring for my children and husband.  Before we were believers I read a lot of Alexandra Stoddard’s books.  They were lovely and taught me how to work beauty into the everyday moments of life.  I still refer back to Living a Beautiful Life often.

I know there are many of you feeling drowned in chaos and not doing anything about it because you don’t know where to start.  Let me help you by telling you to just begin.  You have to do something.  The dishes won’t magically disappear, laundry doesn’t jump into the washer by itself and meals don’t automatically appear at mealtime without some thought, planning and preparation.

The Lord desires for you to care for your family and your home.  (See How Well Do You Manage Your Home.)  This is your domain and the area He has given you to care and keep.  Sitting there in self pity isn’t getting anything accomplished.  There are many days that I don’t feel like doing dishes, cleaning bathrooms or putting laundry away.  Let’s face it, it’s not that exciting and there aren’t any awards given for how many times you do it or how well you do it.

The reality is it has to be done and Mama it is your job to do it.  This is your calling as a wife and mother.  So I’m not going to give you any excuses here but just tell you to “Do the next thing”.

Where to Begin:

From Sarah: Check out the blog to find out where to start.
Also check out Marci’s list of other bloggers and resources. She shares a lot of information in every post.

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My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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