I’m currently reading a book I purchased a couple of weeks ago called, The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home by Family Manager, Kathy Peel. This book is FULL of helpful solutions to everyday dilemmas from managing your home and property to managing finances and special events.
In her book Kathy includes a list of important things to remember that I just love and wanted to share with you. So often I think we complicate matters and make things more difficult on ourselves than they need to be and this list really brings us back to the basics of simplifying and building a strong base for running a smooth household.
The Most Important Things to Remember
1. People are more important than things.
2. There are no standards but your own. Every family has to decide how clean is clean enough.
3. The more you accumulate, the more you have to clean and maintain -and the more time it takes to do it.
4. When your kids grow up and leave home, they won’t remember if the towels were folded in perfect 16-inch squares in the linen closet; they will remember if your home was a good place to be and if Mom was a fun person.
5. If you have a choice between taking a family vacation or buying new furniture, go for the vacation. The furniture will end up in a garage sale one day; the memories of the trip will last forever.
6. Everyone who lives under the roof of a home should contribute to its upkeep.
7. If a teenager is an expert at text messaging, he can become an expert at using the washing machine. A man who can program a PDA to remind him of his tee time can program a PDA to remind him to pick up the dry cleaning.
8. Mess causes stress. Getting your home in order will help you get your life in order.
9. There’s no such thing as perfection. Giving up trying to make your home perfect is the first step toward making it a good place to be.
10. The choices you make about your home involve a lot more than wall color and window treatments. Home is where human beings develop. It’s a place to restore souls, find shelter from outside pressures, grow support for talents, and receive inspiration, comfort, and aid.
Which one of these do you need to work on applying to your life?