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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

Archive for the ‘Organizing or Agonizing’ Category

Summer Vacation – The Packing

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

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Last week we hit the road for a 27 day long Fun Fest. A big challenge for this vacation was the packing. There would obviously be a lot of people and also two potentially very different climates we would be spending time in. All blazing in Texas with a lot of swimming but possibly AWESOMELY chilly in Vail with some hiking.

Here are some of the things I tried this year.

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Organizing or Agonizing – Kids’ Craft Supplies

Friday, July 13th, 2018

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Many moons ago I wrote about wanting to finally get around to doing something about this Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad craft closet in the hall. I did make progress last Fall but it still wasn’t great. Well now it is.

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As always with organizing you can find such wonderful beautiful cute ideas to store craft supplies for kids. Entire rooms or sections of a room dedicated to cultivating the imagination of your little artists. And as always I swoon. But in Practical Land where I live with 80 hooligans I have to be real. This closet and the kitchen table work well for us.

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And I just think clear containers are best when it comes to seeing what you have to work with. For kids seeing what’s available at a glance can make a smoother path to creativity. I raided The Container Store. They have so many affordable containers that were the perfect solution for this project. I used these (these are great too), these and these. And as a BLAST from the PAST I got some of these. Anyone else remember how popular those little containers were?! They are perfect for keeping wooden stir sticks, google eyes, sequins, brads all sort of tiny things you’ll definitely need for that stunning award winning craft your working on.

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I might eventually make fancier labels for the boxes but for now my chalk board marker is doing the job. It does get wiped off after a while but it’s not that hard to rewrite while your admiring the beautiful organization you’ve just poofed into existence.

The problem with organizing is once you start is really hard to stop. Everywhere you look around the house is another spot or room that could use some organizing, repurposing and overall making more functional. So, what’s next?

Organizing or Agonizing – Pantry

Friday, July 13th, 2018

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Sometimes I need to sit down and write out some of the details of how I’m doing different parts of life at the moment. For posterity or reference or something like that.

This time I’m typing up the state of my pantry or pantries. There are two I suppose. One on each side of our fridge. And these bad boys are deep!

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Of Hearth and Home – Goals

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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I decided to get crazy and make a more detailed schedule for the day and really try to follow it exactly-ish. So in those “in between fires moments” I can look at my schedule and know what I’m supposed to be doing without thinking about it.

It’s not too much different from what I’ve always had. We have had a daily routine, same things at the same times, for years, but now I’m adding more details to that schedule.

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I want to keep my babies better on track with discipline, chores, individual reading, reading aloud to together, piano practice, memory work. I want to keep making our Bible time the first part of our day, it must be a daily habit.

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With so many children and so much housework I get overwhelmed quickly and the days can slip by easily without making the point of adding something I want to pass on to my babies.

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I had to sit down with all the THINGS I want in our life. The things I want to dedicate time to. I had to fit them into our days and evenings. It helps me feel less frantic when I know I have a designated time for ‘X’ and the ‘Y’ that I’m doing right now is the proper use of my time.

Here’s the list I came up with so far.

“Goals” for our family

For Our Faith:
Catechesis (memorization)
Bible lessons
Scripture Memorization
Hymn singing and memorization
Prayer memorization
Getting familiar with chant using the Psalter
Continue keeping our church year in the home
Obedience and Honor of Parents and other Authorities

For Our Minds:
Reading or Read Aloud
Good Poetry
Recitation Memory work
Supplemental Education – Ancient-Early Modern History and Literature
Good vocabulary

For Our Hands:
Piano/Music Lessons and practice
Stitching
Crafting

For Our Spirits:
Family Game or Movie Nights
Free Play Time
Limit my time on Facebook – FB is fun but many times I let it suck away my time and sometimes it can really make my blood pressure hit the roof.

For Our Neighbor:
Practice Manners
House Jobs
Tidy Times during the day

For Our Bodies:
Exercise – ride bikes, go for walks, dance parties!
Rest – Blanket Time during the week for the littles

That’s not asking too much is it? Now how to designate time for each of these?