Friday, February 12, 2010
Make Your Home a Haven: Errands
Happy Friday everyone! My home is feeling like more and more of a haven to me - how about you?
Our chores went well this week! I decided to try doing them at a set time every morning after we had finished school time. My children were either allowed to watch a short (30 min.) movie and have a snack or play outside and have a snack while I did a few chores. After that, we all piled on the couch to read together for the next 30 minutes.
It worked great! And, it has surprised me how much I can get done in 30 minutes when they have had my attention before and after that time. Now, on Home Blessing Day - my chores took longer and their needs were more as well. But, I still finished it in about 70 minutes even stopping to help my children.
This week has been a week where I've begun to see the fruit of these daily chores, little steps and implementing the Fly Lady concepts. Yes, I've seen benefits all along - but this week I saw how having a clean kitchen encouraged me to keep it clean, etc...
And, because I was feeling good about our home and my tasks - we even made room for more fun! A walk to the lake, a tea party, playing outside with bubbles and Valentine cookies! My feelings about our home being a haven and feeling more caught up helped me to say yes more and have a better attitude.
Ok, let's move on. This week - let's think about errands. I've been all over the map on this one.
When I was a mom to one, I'd spread my errands out and we'd go somewhere nearly every day! I've really always been one to take all of my children everywhere I needed to go and I always tried to do my errands while David was at work.
But, as I've tried some different things lately - I am definitely seeing the fruits of not doing my errands that way anymore! I don't always do it the same way - but here are a few recent observations:
* Ballet Day: On Monday afternoons both girls are in ballet back to back, so I have an hour and a half total (with only one girl with me at a time) that I could run a couple of errands. I don't always have anywhere I need to go and it isn't close to everything, but if I need to run to CVS - this is my time to make it happen.
* When we're out anyway: on the way home from ballet, I rarely stop anywhere. It is 6:00 - dinnertime, busy with lots of other people out, etc... But, if I really do need something that is on the way home (milk, for example) this is an ideal time to make it happen instead of making another trip. This past week we stopped at Walgreens on the way home and it was a big help to me not to have to get out again!
* Errand Day: I've designated Thursday as my errand day. It's the day the new Publix ad is released (my favorite grocery store) so it makes it a good day to go there and hit the sales while the stock is great. Plus Saturday is just so crazy at the store! Once or twice a month, I have a teenager from church come over on Thursday mornings while I do my errands. Another time, maybe David's mom will come over and stay with them and some days, like yesterday - we just all go together. I try to plan out as many things as I can for this time and hit the library, bank, post office, etc. With no children - I can get these things done in a lot less time and it is easier on them as well.
* Saturday: If I can't go on Thursday for some reason or don't want to take everyone with me - I can go on Saturday when David is home. He is very good about being willing to have me go out alone and get a few things done which I very much appreciate!
I mentioned above the benefits of the chores - and staying home is a big part of making that successful for me. When we're gone - I just get behind and frazzled feeling very quickly. We've been home every day this week except for Ballet and errands yesterday and it has felt great.
How do you accomplish your errands? Is it working for you? This week - build on what is working to make this an even better fit for you!