by Inez Haythorn
If you work outside the home, you know how hard it is to keep up with housework, laundry, and meals. You come home from work tired and start in on your “second job”. Here are some suggestions that may help you feel less frazzled by the end of the day.
Before you make out your daily schedule, think seriously about what your priorities are. This will depend a lot on the age of your children and your family’s activities. My priorities are God, family, and then home management. This is a suggestion for a sample daily schedule.
1. Try to get up a little early and spend some time in Bible reading and prayer. I have found that the rest of the day goes so much better when I do this.
2. Prepare a healthy breakfast for yourself and your family. Make beds. Get everyone ready and off to work and school.
3. If possible, take a little time to unwind and catch up with your children’s and husband’s day.
4. Start dinner. Meanwhile, unload the dishwasher and throw in a load of laundry.
5. Have a relaxing, sit-down dinner with your family. Make this a pleasant time of closeness and communication.
6. After supper, do the dishes, tidy up the kitchen, take out garbage. Set up the coffee for the next day.
7. Put laundry away, do a quick tidy of your living room.
8. Enlist the help of your children if they are old enough.
9. Make sure homework is done, backpack and supplies are ready, and clothes are laid out for the next day for your children.
10. Now relax and have some family time. An immaculate house may be nice, but not a requirement. Don’t waste precious time with your kids being a slave to your house. The time passes too quickly. The house will still be there when they are grown. Read together, play games, or just sit and talk. What you invest in your children now will reap great benefits and rewards later.
Finish the day with a Bible story or Bible reading and prayer with your family. Get to bed early for a good night’s sleep.
Inez Haythorn is a Christian wife, mother, elementary school teacher, pianist, and freelance writer. Her goal is to glorify and honor God, and bless and help others.