The beginnings…………….


“I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of Heaven.  Our homes as imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside.  They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion and wounded spirits find compassion.”  Jani Ortlund

Perfect isn’t it, but……………………  in reality how often do our own  homes reflect this?  Going deeper our homes are a reflection of ourselves, a special stamp on our likes and dislikes and habits, looking at it from this angle  I am sure some of you  are cringing just as I am at the thought of the perception of our homes,  at this moment what do they reflect?  A busy household, A busy wife, mother, girlfriend who has never quite got the knack of ruling our domain and running it as a well organised business, one with clear plans and objectives and well within our monthly and yearly budgets.

Have you ever thought of your home as your private business where you and who you live with are the share holders with more than just money at stake?  What about peace of mind, calm, Serenity, Laughter creating that oasis we so desire that creates all that we need from the chaos of the outside world.  My first thought is always which gadget will make everything go faster?  But in reality we need very little in terms of technology and more of what all of us women possess deep down, strategic planning, creative thinking and good use of the human and material resources we have already in our homes.

The first step is one step back, stop, think and make a note of which areas in our home are the ones that need attention or the ones we just can’t cope with.  One of my biggest nightmares is the kitchen, the meals for the week and the question I know is coming “so what are we going to eat?” the endless trips to the supermarket where we come home with double the bags we anticipated because we couldn’t resist the bargains.  Tip:  make a weekly menu and write down the ingredients you need. Why? Well think about it you see what you have already, have a clear plan of what you will need immediately and get rid of the head ache of thinking later.  That list is a valuable weapon in the supermarket too, a shield against impulse buying and helps you budget as well.

Okay so menu ideas don’t come at once, place a note pad  somewhere where you can jot down ideas as they come or suggestions from the rest of the family can come as well, as they stack up organise them into Meats (chicken, pork, beef etc)  Vegetables, desserts and snacks.  helps you plan better later on

These sites are brilliant:

http://www.netmums.com/family-food/meal-planning/cooking-tips/meal-planner

http://www.homecookinrecipesoftware.com/

 

 

Try it!

 

 

 

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