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!