How can we redeem our time?
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
These verses are favourites of mine! In their context, their primary application doesn't apply to housework, but I believe that we can make application to our homes.
The word circumspectly means "cautious." We're to live carefully; maybe you could even say on purpose.
Buy back your time.
To apply this to our homemaking . . .
- Household routines help us to walk carefully, on purpose, through our days. When we get up in the morning, a routine means we have a plan in place to start our day, and at night we have a plan to wrap up our day and prepare for the next. Afternoon routines can help transition from the morning to afternoon and dinner time.
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Proverbs 4:25, 26
- Cleaning routines also help us to redeem (buy back) our time. Following a routine each day for cleaning up the kitchen after meals helps me to clean up in 15 minutes right after a meal, rather than taking 2 hours the next day because I've let it pile up for 3 meals. Let's see . . . that's 45 minutes today, in 15-minute increments (after each meal), compared to 120 minutes (and a lot of stress) tomorrow. Just one routine - cleaning up after each meal - saves me an hour and 15 minutes to do something else, playing the piano, visiting with a friend, reading, studying, sewing, blogging . . . any number of things that I'd rather be doing than cleaning my kitchen! That one routine redeems 75 minutes of my time! I've also learned that having a routine for larger cleaning tasks can save time. For example, doing all the dusting on one day, the mopping on another day, and the bathrooms on another can save having to do them all at once.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and earth not the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27
What kind of routines do you have around your home? Please share them with us in the comments. I love to read about how others implement routines!