Wouldnt it be nice if you could store your extra time in your hope chest, or in a bottle for later use?! Unfortunately we cannot actually save time like that, but we can learn how to manage it properly now before the responsibilities of a whole home are ours. Recently I have been thinking about the way I spend my time and how often I spin my wheels. Spinning your wheels keeps you busy but it doesnt really get you anywhere and only deepens the ruts you are stuck in!
I have been reading a very neat old book that Mommy found at an antique store a while ago called The Complete Home by Mrs. Julia Mc. Nair Wright. It is a story about Aunt Sophronia and the lessons and talks she has about homemaking with her three nieces before and while they are married.
Among many other things on keeping a home, she talks about assigning a time for everything and a place for everything.
She asks her niece, Helen, Have you a place for everything? Are your bureau drawers in order, and has each one its own appointed contents so that you could find what you want in the dark? She goes on to tell her niece that her disorderliness and housekeeping turmoil are, all the result of not having a time and a place for everything; a lack of plan and energy on your part [it] is ruining your domestic comfort. A Household should have laws like the Medes and Persians, which never change; and privileges which are like an Englishmans house, an impregnable castle. I am very afraid that my own housekeeping laws in the small little part that I take care of now are much more easily broken than those of the Medes and Persians!!! Of course that does not mean that you cannot be flexible with other peoples plans at times, but you just cannot be so flexible with yourself!
The oldest niece gets a little book for her wedding, and on the inside it has this quote:
Always be one hour in advance of your work.
That made me stop and think. How often could I try and be an hour in advance of my own work? So often I am more like an hour behind, and how much more relaxing and pleasant it would be to be ahead!
I look ahead and see what is coming, and I keep a little in advance of demand. I dont lose an hour in the morning and expect to make it up in the evening: night is the wrong end of the day to borrow from: work never goes briskly in the after part of the day; in the morning it is cool: we are rested, fresh and strong, and then is the time to get the work out of the way.
Cousin Ann, speaking to Aunt Sophronia