Organization Part 3

The second part to organizing the home, is that the homemaker maintains her things. We have all heard the common saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” How many of us follow it?

There are many ways in which we can follow the above statement. The first step is to answer the questions, do I really know where everything is? Are the places where I keep my things neat and easy for others to use? If you answered “no” to the first question, then that will be your next chore. It is time to go through your house and put your things in order. If you answered “yes” to the first, but “no” to the second, then your next chore will be to neaten up the cabinets, shelves, drawers, etc.

How do you organize your home? This is a fairly open question. You should order your home according to what works best for you. One way of organizing might work for your neighbor, but not for you. Everyone has different lives and different ways in which to go about things. The goal, however, is that whatever way you do it, your home is neat and orderly.

Here are a few steps that might help you as you journey towards bringing order into your home!

  1. Get rid of stuff! This is huge! How many of us, have items in the home that we hardly ever touch or don’t realize we have until we are cleaning a room one day? If you don’t use it, wear it, or even think about it, you should probably give it away. This will help open up space. It will also help give the home a cleaner look! There are lots of places that take donations; i.e. Goodwill, a pregnancy center, St. Vincent De Paul Society, etc. You could also have a yard sale! This is a great opportunity to make a little extra cash!
  2. Go to the Dollar Tree or Dollar General: Yes, go shopping! Shop for containers. Both of these stores have great containers for only one dollar! You can get so much for only 15-20 bucks! Also, make use of the containers that you have at home. Getting rid of stuff will help make some available.
  3. Pick a room to start in: Don’t overwhelm yourself! Take it one room at a time.
  4. Pull everything out of the cabinets! If you are in a room with cabinets, i.e. Kitchen or Bathroom, empty them. Go through what is in them. Throw away any expired food and empty soap bottle/boxes.
  5. Put things in containers. For the kitchen, put all your bagged, dry goods in a plastic container. This will help keep little critters away! In the bathroom, put your makeup, hair supplies, and extra bath items in a box or bin. (Pencil holders work great for ponytail holders and bobby pins!)
  6. Step back and see what you think!

After using these steps, show your children and husband where everything goes. Hopefully, they will learn, too.

If you have any organization ideas or questions, please feel free to write them in the comment boxes below! We would love to hear from you!






Prayer Time

Prayer. What is it? How often do we do it? Is it a common habit for us? Why must we do it?  How many hours of the day go by without ever passing a quick thank you, a thought of someone in need, or just a thought about God?

So, what is it? St. John Vianney says that “Prayer is a foretaste of heaven, a stream flowing from paradise. It never leaves us without sweetness. It is a kind of honey that sinks into the soul and sweetens everything. Troubles melt away in the presence of prayer that is made well, like snow before the sun.” (The Power of Silence, pg. 151)  The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” (CCC 2590) It is communication with the Creator. It is something that has been done from the beginning of time and will continue until it’s ending.

As homemakers, we are many things throughout the day! We are chefs, guidance leaders, caretakers, house cleaners, etc. . It can very easily become overwhelming and sometimes make us frustrated. Prayer, helps to remove this. By starting our days with the Lord, we are able to lay our burdens, frustrations, and worries before Him. We can have a conversation with Him. It also helps us to be reminded of what a gift our vocation is to ourselves and to those around us. In having this outlook, we can attack the day with joy and bring joy to those around us.

When should we pray? The best time is first thing in the morning. It should be one of the first things you do to start your day. This will probably mean that you have to rise a little earlier, especially before the children awake. This will give you time to clear your mind and limit your distractions. If you do not think that you have time in the morning, then you can do it during a nap time or while the kids play outside. I would recommend doing it before the evening. The evenings are times spent with your family and most importantly, with your husband. If you pray at night, pray with the family and/or with your husband.

What are some methods of prayer? Read Holy Scripture! This is a beautiful way to start your day. There are countless reading plans online that you can follow. Also, pick a spiritual book. The Saints and Church Fathers are excellent guides to the path of Salvation. They have lived it and have shown the way! St. Josemaria says, “Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. Reading has made many saints!”  After reading, you can finish with a prayer or just sit and listen to what God has to say to you that day. Your prayer time does not need to be hours long. It can be just for twenty or thirty minutes. By doing this, you will be amazed at how it will affect your day!


Some Catholic Scripture Reading Plans:

~ Read the Bible in a year:

~ Bible Reading Guide to the Old Testament:

~ Bible Reading Guide to the New Testament:

Spiritual Reading list links:

~ Fr. Richard Heilman’s list:

~ Link to EWTN’s Church Document Library:

~ St. Josemaria’s Works:

~ Any books on the lives of the saints


Organization Part 2

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What are some ways we waste time? I am sure that you can make a list of your own, but I will provide a few ways:

  1. Sleeping in– This is a BIG one, which some would not consider. It is important for the homemaker to awake before her children! Proverbs 31:15 says “She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household.” Now, this does not mean that you need to rise at 3 or 4 am….it could be 5 or 6 am. Whatever works best for you. It will take practice, but you CAN do it! In doing this, you are providing yourself time, without the little ones, and are able to prepare for the day.
  2. Making Excuses This is another one that we can often do. We sometimes like to push things off until tomorrow or talk about what needs be done , instead of just doing it. St. John Paul II said that “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.” This is very true! When we make an excuse, we are only lying to ourselves that we can’t do it right know, when in reality, we probably can.
  3. Media How often, during our day, do we look at our phones, email, Facebook, etc. ? Probably a lot more than we think. In today’s world, electronics and social media are things that we must battle, daily. Cardinal Sarah said, recently, in his book, The Power of Silence, “…his [man’s] eyes are red, haggard, and sick. The artificial spectacles and the screens glowing uninterruptedly try to bewitch the mind and the soul.” (The Power of Silence, paragraph 45) Technology is a great distraction! We can waste so much time, without even knowing it. The internet is great for making one do more than what they originally intended to do! Technology can be a gift, when it is used rightly. It is a thing that must be monitored and must not be turned into a way of avoiding the task at hand.

Time management is very important! It enables us to avoid distractions and making excuses. When we organize our time, we are more capable of living out our vocation to its fullest.

Organization Part 1

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In this first part, we are going to go over the need for organization in the home. In parts two and three, we will discuss a few methods of how to organize your time and your home. Let’s dive in!

First off, what is organization? It is simply “arrang[ing]  into a structured whole” ( Unfortunately, the tv world and magazine articles, have given us the idea that to be organized means our homes must look like something on HGTV or in a Better Homes and Garden Magazine. Those homes are not reality and  definitely do not give a realistic meaning to organization. Organization is, realistically, having structure and an understanding of what needs to occur throughout your day.

Why do we need organization? St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, says that, “Order will bring harmony to your life, and lead you to perseverance. Order will give peace to your heart and dignity to your composure.” (The Forge, paragraph 806) This is a very true statement! When we know what must be done throughout the day and the time laid out to do it, our work becomes more of a harmonious routine. We no longer waste time wondering what to do, where to go, or where did I put that item I need. We are also able to carry ourselves with more confidence and be more of a witness to our Catholic faith. Now, will everyday be picture perfect and go as planned? No, but organization helps when unexpected events do occur.

St. Josemaria goes on to say, “With order, your time will be multiplied, and you will be able to give more glory to God by doing more work in his service.” (The Way, par. 80) When we organize our time, we accomplish more than we can imagine. (This was the secret to most of the Saints’ lives) We have more time to give to our families, friends, and most, importantly, God. Our homes will turn from places of chaos to places of peace and structure.


Making the Little Tasks Count

St. Josemaria Escriva, the Founder of Opus Dei, tells us that “Great holiness consists in carrying out the little duties of each moment.”

This can be one of the mottos for all Keepers of the Home. Everyday she must carry out tasks that seem minor and for the most part, go by unnoticed by others. They can easily turn into burdens and make her days drag by. However, this is not how she is called to act. Everything, even the smallest tasks, can be turned into a step on her ladder to holiness.

How is this accomplished? It is done, by offering everything she does to the Lord. It can be a silent prayer of offering or even, as simple as, putting on a smile on even when she feels burdened. By changing her attitude towards what she does, she can be a witness and a model of joy to those around her. Ultimately, though, she will be fulfilling her calling in its fullest.

What is Homemaking?


Homemaking? What is it? It is an art. It is a vocation. It is a way of life. It is a gift.  The English Oxford Dictionary defines homemaking as “the creation and management of a home, especially as a pleasant place in which to live.”  Let’s break this down…

Creation and management.

The Homemaker is called to create the home. She is the designer, the home decorator, the cook, the housekeeper, etc. Everything that makes a home functional. She is also the creator of the spirit of the home. She sets the temperament of those that reside under her care. She has the power to make a home happy just through her attitude and treatment of her family!

The Homemaker is the ultimate manager! She is given the tasks of planning many events on a daily basis. From the time she awakes she plans the meals, what to clean, care and education of the children, etc. She does all this with no meetings, no on the job training, or daily personal guidance. She learns through her God-given abilities, her trial and errors, and repetition of what makes her family thrive and flourish.

…a pleasant place in which to live.

This is the Homemaker’s ultimate goal and calling in the home! She is graced with the job to make the home a place of peace, refuge, joy, comfort, and love. The home is made a place where the family can find protection from the outside world. Without her, the home can become just another place to be!

So, what are homemakers? They are women that help make this world spin. They are the  ones that prepare their families to face the outside world. They daily, ask for God’s guidance and grace to help them strive in such an important position. Is it a big job? Yes! Sometimes, it can seem overwhelming! However, with the Lord’s help, the Homemaker can accomplish more than she could ever imagine.