Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (NASB)
It's true, in my home the tidiness can disappear pretty quickly. I found that maintenance is the key. Here are some of the things I try to accomplish each day which help me be a more consistent homemaker.
- Remember why you do it! You are serving and obeying God in the role He has blessed you with. As your husband's helper, you are keeping your home a lovely place to share with him. You are blessing your children and making an inviting place to fellowship with and witness to whomever God brings into your home.
- If you are struggling with homemaking, pray. God changed my heart!
- If something bothers you, take care of it right then. It's safe to say that it won't go away on its own! This could be something like a smudge on the wall or a dusty light fixture.
- Try to complete one load of laundry everyday (If I don't have a full load then I wait till the next day).
- Clean the shower while in the shower.
- Keep a box easily accessible so you can stash anything unneeded into which you come across during the day. Then it's all ready to be donated or sold in a garage sale.
- If something needs to be done and it takes less than 5 minutes, just do it!
- Try to maintain continuous home keeping from morning till night. (No more dirty dish overload pileup at the end of the day!)
- Besides all the normal daily responsibilities around the home, do at least 15 minutes of extra cleaning/organizing. I like this because it gives me a doable goal which I can easily complete even if I don't feel like doing any more work. This goal serves as a great motivator. Sometimes you just need to get started! A lot of the time I clean for longer than 15 minutes (like today when I cleaned and vacuumed out the car).
- Make a list of all those bigger things which need to be done (there is a sort of satisfaction when crossing stuff off).
- Use the time you are cleaning to pray, sing and be thankful to our glorious God!
- After the kids go to bed, do a final tidy up.
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