Apr 182016
 

The laundry is done and I am placing the last of the folded clothes away inside a child’s drawer and decide to straighten up a bit. Three throw blankets that had been pulled from the top closet shelf folded and put up. Bending down to pick up a toppled over guitar I spot it.

A pile of soiled laundry tucked in the corner by a child who decided to hide a spill instead of being honest. I breathe deep and remind myself that I am homemaking for Christ and that I will be talking to this child about how hiding something and being deceptive is also lying.

The dishes are washed and sitting in the sink to dry and just as the last of the water drains and I toss my rag into the wash a plate pops in and again I have to look to God because that little plate could lead to a lot of frustration.

I am learning that when you live with your two kids and your two parents you end up with a lot of things always being dirty and rarely in a state of cleanliness that lasts more than a few seconds. These are my top 5 tips that I use to enjoy homemaking and make it awesome.

ONE

Worship music.

Yep, you heard me right, since I feel that homemaking is a calling from the Lord and I believe that I should do it to the very best of my ability in that moment or on that day I often sing hymns or play worship music on my IPad as I move around the house form one task or the other. It keeps my focus on Christ and serving Him by serving my family. One day I had a revelation on the bathroom floor and I haven’t looked back.

TWO

Grace.

A whole lot of grace. God gives me grace and I know I have to give my family grace. They eat, wear clothes, shower, make messes and aren’t perfect and neither am I. If God is so eager to give me grace, then it is my duty as a daughter of Christ to be a daughter that gives grace to my parents and children too.

THREE

Time Myself.

I hear so many people complain that they don’t have time to do the dishes or take the trash out or even clean the bathroom. Flylady says you can do anything for 15 minutes and way back when I used to set a timer for 15 minutes and would be amazed by how much I could get done in that time. Now I am less into the timer but have learned to use my time wisely.

For example, last night, I turned the kettle on for my tea and even though it was Sunday and the meal was big and my brother had been here I decided to wash dishes while I waited. I was done washing up before the kettle went off, which was less than 3 minutes. Dishes that I had planned to just leave for today because I was in pain and not feeling well were finished. Today we were able to wake up to clean pots and pans so the morning wasn’t rushed and we weren’t working around a mess.

FOUR

Pick up as I go.

If I head into a child’s room with laundry to deliver I will pick up any trash or Lego that has made its way into the room or onto the floor. It makes sense to make fewer trips and it makes it easier for my young teens to pick up their rooms on their own. It also makes my job easier if I find a glass or a plate and have it ready to wash BEFORE I do dishes!

The same goes for laundry, and of course, other rooms. Instead of walking past a throw on the floor I will grab it and fold it and toss it back onto the couch. Our one dog LOVES to throw the pillows and blankets in the living room around and if I want it to look somewhat orderly I may as well just pick it up as I walk past it. That way, when a bigger job like vacuuming comes along, the floor and surfaces are for the most part ready to go!

FIVE

Have a schedule.

Daily tasks are simple but easily forgotten. Put away my OWN laundry. Open the curtains. Bring any dishes from my bedroom to the kitchen. Fill my water bottle.

My weekly tasks include a day for wiping down the entire kitchen, meaning I remove everything from the counters and spray it, wipe it, and get rid of any crumbs. It always shocks me how many crumbs get behind things each week! EWW.

Other weekly tasks include vacuuming upstairs, vacuuming downstairs, deep cleaning the entire bathroom (I do some things as needed through the week so it stays mostly clean), watering the plants, fish tank maintenance, sweeping the stairs. I am sure you get the idea.

Monthly tasks include things like washing the comforters and duvets, turning mattresses, wiping the windows, cleaning out the car, and decluttering.

I don’t have to check my schedule every day but I do check it regularly. It is a nice guideline to help me be productive throughout the week.

What are your tips for keeping homemaking fun? I would love to know your tricks in the comments!

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  8 Responses to “5 Ways to ENJOY Homemaking”

  1. So timely that I clicked on your post in the Inspire Me Monday Link Up. I struggle with the housework thing so I was very interested to read your tips and you mention timing yourself. My entire post this week was about getting things done twenty minutes at a time (but I reckon 15 works just as well) – same principal – get it done and move on. Thank you, great tips – especially the pick up as you go and the grace – – – and the worship music. Love a good practical post.

  2. You’ve got a great attitude about your work. I raided my son’s room yesterday and found a whole basket full of dirty clothes including my husband’s missing socks!

    Please drop by and say hello!
    ஐღLauraღஐ
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    …doing what I can with what I’ve got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!
    ~~~~~

    • Thanks for popping in Laura!! I cleaned in my sons room a few weeks ago for 5 hours!! It LOOKED clean but 25,000 Lego pieces later and food that I didn’t even know could be moldy definitely made me happy that I went in there. I thought it would be quick since it looked clean. I was just wanting to get the Lego picked up so i could clean his carpet!! Now I go in everyday to check for hidden snacks etc, he is 11 but clearly feels like if it LOOKS clean it IS clean….

  3. Such a great post!! I have to agree with the music, it is amazing how much better I work with music too somehow having worship music is so comforting while doing chores that are not so fun! Grace is something I would never get through a single day without thats for sure!! With 6 blessings being homeschooled and 5 of them being in competitive gymnastics I would never make it without a schedule! I haven’t tried timing myself before, but I will have to give it a try. Thanks for linking up with Inspire Me Monday. I hope you have a blessed week!!

    • Hey Nicole!! I used to just listen to my normal playlist and definitely didn’t feel as motivated as I do when I am listening to worship music. There is something about it that makes it feel like I am serving God even if I am scrubbing a toilet!! It just shows the power of words/lyrics and how they can bring us to a great place mentally if we chose the right ones!!

  4. Hi Marisa!

    Thanks for the great tips.

    I’ve been working on cleaning out my spare bedroom, also known as the junk room. I only started actually doing anything about it when I told myself that I only need to do 15 minutes at a time.

    I’m going to add turning up the music to my plan!

    Thanks again.
    Dory

    • Yes!! Krank that music and switch off the tv or Netflix/youtube/etc. Music gets us moving but something visual can be a huge distraction.

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