At Christmas there is so much to do. Mum sets the table the day before so this gets a lot of work done and out of the way and there is more time to do it nicely.
This Christmas I noticed Chloe has taken this all on board. She was going to be out on Christmas Day then home in the evening to serve dinner for the evening meal. She had the table set and ready and started a couple of days before.
We also always got our school bags ready the night before and Mum packed the school lunches in the evening. Clothes were lined up ready for in the morning.
When I grew up I didn't think about it and just automatically planned outfits for the next day and got things ready for the morning rush. And then when I had the girls at school we would get everything ready the evening before right down to the hair ties and bags packed except for the lunches which would come out of the fridge at the last minute!
I am not good in the mornings! So getting everything ready the night before makes sense!
As I started my sewing challenge I had so much to do. I thought this is never going to happen! The first day was almost over and nothing was done so before I went to bed I thought I will get the sewing machine out and set it up on the table. This only took a few minutes.
The next day was no better. But I thought I will just fill a bobbin and thread the machine and this only took a couple of minutes.
In the evening I thought I will just get out some fabrics and start to make a plan...
Then the next day I cut out a pillowcase while dinner was cooking. And this is often how things get done. In increments! A few minutes here and there. But they add up amazingly!
Being terrible in the mornings I often will set the slow cooker up the night before. I will just get it out and sit it on the bench ready. The other day I was going to cook a corned beef. So I sat it out and filled it with water. I got the ball rolling!
In the morning I just turned it on when I made coffee. The next time I was in the kitchen I added the actual meat! (progress!) and later I added the pepper and bay leaves. And now things were chugging along...
And by evening it was delicious and tender and I also had both dinner and Andy's lunches for several days.
Other times I will get the slow cooker going and at least get the meat on. Then as the day goes on I might add things.
This is especially true of chicken soup with so many things to chop. As long as the water, beans and chicken are on then later I will be adding garlic, onion, carrots, herbs and so on.
When baking things will often go the same way! I will think that I will sit my sour dough starter out on the bench and feed it a few times.
The next day I think ok I will just make some dough.
Eventually I have a tray of something made and the steps were just achieved in moments I grabbed!
Big projects are very much like this. We can't do them all at once. They are made a bit at a time. Yet amazing things are done this way. I look at Pat's quilts! So much work! But I know she would do her daily tasks and when she has time do a bit more on a quilt. In the evenings I will usually do a few more rows on what I am working on. It is a bit here and a bit there. But eventually a blanket is finished!
Whatever it is you just have to get things started. Get the ball rolling!
There is so much to do at home. We can't hope to do things all at once. If we can just get things started we can add to that.
Yesterday I needed to use the last of the plums. And I had a couple of hundred still.... I really couldn't face them all at once. So I made it that every time I was in the kitchen I would cut up ten. And by mid afternoon they were done! I put one lot on to simmer and the others on for jam. It is all done!
Today I am facing the same situation with nectarines! I have lots of things to do today. But I already set the stockpot on the stove and sterilised some jars last night so I got the ball rolling a little bit at least!
The spare room is in a terrible state. I have made it that I have to sort and put away ten things a day. I can do that. By the end of next week is should be ship shape! You can spring clean a whole house in 5 minutes a day, re organise the pantry... anything!
Setting things out and getting them started is the biggest part to me. I add a step or two as I can. Whatever it is the key to success is getting started! Break it down into little steps. With this you can tackle anything that needs doing.
What helps you to get things done and get the ball rolling in your home?
Do you have something you have been putting off but that could really be done a few minutes at a time?
Have a wonderful new week. We have a beautiful day but it is heating up. I am off to shops, pay bills, babysit and then get the nectarines that need to be used all done! I have some freezer room again. I sent Chloe home with lasagna, jam, stewed cherries, banana cakes, the beautiful linens and more. This makes me happy! And now I have room in the freezer which makes me happy too! 😊 xxx