Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tea-Ready in Twenty Minutes!

How can I be tea-ready in just twenty minutes?  It takes a bit of organization; something that I am unable to muster these days.  However, dear readers BE THAT AS IT MAY, this is my goal  for the up-coming holiday season and beyond. 

My husband and I live in a sweet little rancher home; a mere 1500 square feet, and it would seem more than possible to have it ready for company (Tea) at any given time.  After all, it is not a large space to clean or keep tidy.  But, (and here's the rub!)  we both work from home, and the activity of our two businesses lends itself to constant upheaval!  To add insult to injury, I suffer from chronic health problems that leave me exhausted a great deal of the time, so if I let the housework slide for even a short period, it isn't long before I feel completely overwhelmed.

Several years ago I compiled a list of  household chores, organized them according to the days of the week, and the different rooms in the house, with space for checking items off once they have been accomplished.   I laminated it and hung it on my refrigerator.  When I kept to the schedule it took a minimal amount of time each day to keep the housework to a dull roar. The key of course, is to keep to the schedule.

So what are YOUR secrets to keeping things in order?  How DO you manage it? (apart from hiring a maid, which I would love to do, but isn't about to happen! :) ) Any tidbits of wisdom would be gratefully acknowledged and accepted!



  1. I have no idea!!! The only way I can keep things in order is to have a specific place for an item. If not, I have no idea. I like your idea of having a laminated list to keep on your fridge. I need to do that. I'm afraid that I don't do much unless I know I am having company. I do try to keep things picked up, but when it comes to dusting & vacuuming, it's not as often as I would like. I'm pretty lazy.

  2. first, i love those teacups! second, so excited about you organizing! love it!


  3. Hello Friend...

    I am coming from dear, sweet Wanda's. After reading her endearing story of your friendship, I just had to come over and meet you for myself! I loved reading about how you and Wanda share so many common interests...a friendship that has spanned four decades is truly a blessing from God!!!

    Well my friend, I love the idea for your cleaning schedule. I have finally reached that time in life where it is just the two of honey and me! I have taken an early retirement and thoroughly enjoy my home and free is usually not an issue, however I sure can make a mess while I'm in the middle of one of my projects! Hehe!

    It's so very nice to meet you!
    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...I am adding your delightful blog to my list of blog follows and look forward to getting to know you, my friend!

  4. I wish I had an organizational plan. We have a housecleaner every 2 weeks and things get straightened up when she comes, but it doesn't last. During my summer vacations I work on reorganizing what I organized the last vacation. But I do LOVE a plan and I do LOVE to organize - if only I could keep to them. I like your check-off list. Maybe if I could tear myself away from blogland long enough.....

  5. I don't do much unless I know I am having company.

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