Before I get into the subject of this post, I want to tell you all about the two fundraisers we have going on right now! The Lord has provided all of our placement fees, but we still need between two and three thousand dollars for legal fees. Lynches Love Coffee is a fundraiser through Just Love Coffee. The company sells fair trade coffee, hot chocolate, apparel, mugs, espresso makers, and other stuff. The products are top quality, and we get adoption money from every purchase. Flower Power Fundraising Inc. sells flower bulbs that are directly shipped to your home. They have a beautiful selection, and they offer an unconditional, 100% money-back guarantee on every item. 50% of the profits from each purchase go to our adoption fund! Links to these websites are found to the right. Thank you helping us bring our baby home. Now on to the real subject of this post!
I wrote in August about our Lynch Family Plan and told you that I would keep you updated. Here is how we are doing so far.
Our Rallying Cry (Goal): By Christmas our family and home will be more organized and efficient.
Defining Objectives (how we will work to meet our rallying cry):
1. Establish a consistent family schedule. (This has been going really well. Homeschool has helped us stay a lot more scheduled!)
2. Establish a toy zone. (The toy zone is not yet fully established, but two weeks ago we did a massive toy clean up! All of the downstairs toys are now in their set places, and the boys have kept them picked up for two whole week. This is definitely a record for us!)
3. Clean out garage. (We made remarkable strides on this one! For more than a year, our garage has been completely full of yard sale items for our adoption fundraisers. By full I mean that you could not walk in there, much less park! Despite our numerous sales and lots of adoption funds raised, the boxes in our garage never seemed to grow less. Saturday before last we held our last Yard Sale Adoption Fundraiser! The Lord blessed us with around $250, which was amazing because our biggest ticket item was only for $20. That is a lot of one dollar and twenty-five cent items! Almost everything leftover from our sale we donated to Atlanta Union Mission. Our garage is still housing some bigger items we need to sell online, but the progress is pretty outstanding!)
4. De-clutter house. (We have been working on this only a little, primarily with our massive toy situation and by being vigilant with the mail.)
5. Limit incoming stuff. (We are still struggling with this one. The plan is to make an even exchange. Nothing new comes in unless something old comes out. This is simple and yet so hard.)
6. Eliminate time wasters. (This is going pretty well but is definitely a work in progress. Most time wasters are small things that add up. My hope is that being efficient in small areas will become a habit and save us (ok, probably me) from doing more work later. So far these are the ones we are working on (I will warn you that they are pretty obvious):
-Spray the shower with a daily spray so that cleaning it doesn’t take forever.
-Put your clothes in the hamper so that Mom doesn’t have to wander all over the house to pick them up.
-Place your shoes in a specific and neat spot so that they aren’t lost when we are trying to leave. (This also helps three-year-olds not to accidentally put their shoes on the wrong feet!)
-Put your clothes hangers back in the closet instead of using them as swords or hiding them for some unknown reason.
-When you are done with something, put it away.
So there we are! It’s not rocket science, but these are some of our greatest day-to-day family issues. We have a long way to go, but I am very hopeful we will meet our goal by Christmas! Please ask us how we are doing. We still really need accountability. Jeremy and I are reviewing our Plan every Sunday when we take out that week’s Legacy Marbles (for Legacy Marble info see the blog post: J). I will try to report on our Family Plan progress about once a month.