Hello Housekeepers, welcome to the tenth week of the Better Me program fifty two weeks of inspirational little somethings designed to help you live a life less ordinary…
No more dallying, let’s jump to it…
Today choose a calendar you and your partner can share, so that you are always aware of plans you may have individually made and can schedule other events accordingly. Make sure that it’s a calendar accessible on both of your phones and if necessary on both iPhone and android, so it can be downloaded to and viewed on all tablets.
Then allocate an hour one evening per week to make sure your shared calendar is up to date, and schedule together time and date nights for the upcoming weeks. There now: better right?
Today take a long, hard look at your children’s after school activities and commitments and see where you can cut back both for the sake of allowing your child to have some do nothing time built-in to their week and reducing your own commitment as resident taxi-driver.
Look particularly for clubs and activities that happen on different evenings for different siblings and research alternative groups that happen on the same night. Children do not need to attend organised activity each and every night of the week. Their young minds are already a constant buzz of information and they need time to be able to process it during unscheduled at home time spent simply learning to be among family.
This one is important for the sake of better family harmony and explaining the reasons why you are cutting down on their activities will go a long way to making the transition easier for the children concerned.
Today consider drinking nothing other than plain water for the next thirty days. That means no tea, coffee, alcohol or juice of any kind for the next month.
According to a recent article by Gloria Donaldson, the benefits are seven-fold:
*Your mental performance and creativity will be boosted.
* You’ll age more slowly than your peers.
*Your immunity will be strengthened.
*You’ll have a stronger heart
*Your bones will be strengthened.
*You’ll lose fat.
*Your metabolism will be enhanced.
Though if thirty days sounds like a lot, test your stamina with a week’s trial and you will for sure be that impressed with the changes you both see and feel, you will want to extend that week to the month recommended.
Today get mindful in your kitchen. Notice the way you move around it and the journeys you have to repeat across it because items are not where they should be. Consider whether you are storing items where you use them. Whether knives are positioned near the chopping board or tea-towels stacked near the sink. Notice how often you have to reach in to or up to awkward spaces and while you are making your cup of tea decide whether all the components necessary for its creation are within easy reach.
Then make changes accordingly. Add permanent glass boards to places where you find yourself working frequently to save the worktop. Add hooks to the sides of units for convenient tea-towels and cup hooks near the kettle for the sheer convenience of being able to grab a mug without having to move. Move the kettle closer to the tap. In short spend an hour or two making life in the kitchen as convenient as possible and thank yourself for your efforts when you notice how much easier life is.
Today decide to include a handful of chia seeds in your diet daily.
These tiny seeds pack a huge nutritional punch with nearly 10g of fibre and 5g of protein per ounce, and they are also an excellent source of calcium and Omega 3 which means that simply by sprinkling a spoon or two of these teeny tiny seeds over salads, meat or fish daily you have discovered one of the tastiest, fastest ways to really do your body a favour.
The perfect pantry staple for better health.
Today equip yourself with at least two good quality household squeegees and make light work of cleaning windows and banishing water from tiles and shower screens in the bathroom to leave them streak free.
Though they can be bought very cheaply in DIY sheds and even Ikea, it is worth spending a little more to make sure that the rubber tip across the horizontal plane of the squeegee is firm, without being stiff so that it is flexible enough to bend in to the edges of all surfaces but won’t disintegrate too quickly nor come away from the handle itself.
Keep one permanently in all bathrooms and add another to your housekeepers caddy for faster, better window cleaning.
Finally today commit to going through all the family photographs you have stored away in boxes in the attic or the garage. Throw away old photograph packets, chuck out old and damaged negatives and then start working your way through packets of photo’s highly likely to contain some photos you really don’t need: from people you don’t recognise to blurry, out of focus images and all those that seem to have been taken a hundred times over.
When you are done you should be left only with those photographs that tell the story of your family. Photo’s worthy of the heirloom quality albums you may now grant yourself permission to buy and treasure for evermore.
Have a lovely week Housekeepers.x