Last night we had a family meeting to re-establish rules and guidelines for our family and home life. Lately, I have frequently noticed how when I ask the kids to do something it is either met with groans or "I'll do it in a minute" and it never gets done. It's the little foxes (attitudes and things left unchecked) that spoil the vines.
It's not just the kids. I have things I need to work on, too. I've always been a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal, but there is no flow to our days. I now have a skeleton routine in place and will tweak as necessary in the weeks ahead.
In addition, a portion of each day will be devoted to clearing out the clutter. I simply have too much stuff for our little home and it is smothering. It makes cleaning more difficult. And I can't count the number of times Alfred has asked where something is and I have panicked because I have no clue where I could've placed it!
The stress, clutter, and disorganization is being replaced by joy, order, and routine. Simplicity brings freedom.