Did you ever hear the saying, “Cleaning house when you have kids is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreo’s”?
I laughed so hard when I read that! Now, I don’t have kids yet, so I am not nearly as experienced at cleaning house as some of you super moms! But, I am getting better. 😉 Cleaning house is actually one of my passions. It is one of the ways I thrive in my womanhood the Bible way–by taking ownership of, responsibility for, and pride in the home God has blessed me with, making it as nice as I can. This post is to help you see cleaning your home, no longer as a drudgery, but as a beautiful calling! But, that takes time. And I hope this one tip gives you the nudge you need to get started!
Funny thing is, I thought I was good at cleaning.
Until I got married and was in charge of an ENTIRE household! It’s crazy how fast everything gets messed up!
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Small spaces get out of hand really fast. Like…everything is clean and put away in the morning, and then while you and your husband relax that night after work, it all falls apart!
(And I am sure as our family grows, precious little hands will make the work get undone even faster! 😉 Good thing those hands are so sweetly precious! 😉 )
If you are anything like me, mess=stress.
Am I right? Even if you don’t realize it, the organization (or lack thereof) of your home effects your mindset. So even if you don’t feel stressed, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t feel a whole lot better if you decided to clean up a little.
What I’m going to share with you today is one of the best practical tips on housekeeping I have ever received. (And it came from my beautiful mother, Sara! Love you, Mom.) I write this at the top of my “Get To Do” list every day.
Here ya go:
That’s it! Let me explain.
After you get up, get your coffee, spend time with Jesus, take a shower, put your face on, etc.,–basically after your morning routine–do those three things. If you have a small living space, it will take you hardly any time at all. And get this.
Your house will feel completely clean by the time you’re finished. Cool, right? Let’s get the particulars.
Gather all the laundry, and sort it into clean and dirty. Now in a perfect world, all your clean laundry would be folded and put away. BUT often during this step I’ll find last night’s outfit on the bedroom chair, or my pjs on the bathroom counter. Just keepin’ it real, pals. 😉
I put all the clean laundry on the bed to be folded and put away, and cart all the dirty laundry (including towels and sheets if it’s time to change them) to the basement.
*SIDE NOTE* Someday I will have a cutesy little laundry room. But for now, it’s the basement life for me. 😉
Start a load and set a timer so you don’t forget about it. Keep up with the laundry throughout the day, and when it’s done, dump it on your bed to fold and put away! And I will not judge if you pull a “scrape and sleep.” (You know, when all the laundry is on your bed but you’re too tired to fold it? That’s okay, make it part of your list tomorrow to fold it. I won’t breathe a word, not a single word. 😉 )
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I scoffed at this step early on in my marriage. “We are not slobs! There is not garbage lying around our house!”
Haha. Ha. Ha.
Boy, was I wrong! A forgotten cheese wrapper on the counter, a tag on the floor from a new piece of clothes, a napkin on the couch, an empty Amazon box on the floor, and can anyone say JUNK MAIL?!
And I’m suuuure less trash accumulates around the house as you grow your family, right? 😉
So try it out! Walk around your house with a Walmart bag or even a big kitchen garbage bag and see how much trash there is that you didn’t even see before you were looking for it!
Okay, third step.
This one is a little more intuitive. Take it one room at a time and put things back where they belong. If the dishes are still in the sink from dinner, throw them in the dishwasher. Put the pillows where they’re supposed to be on the couch. All the random things that are sitting out (toys, pens, books, cups, bobby pins, etc.) put them away! Depending on how “lived in” your house is, this may take a little time. Or, you may just be really good at putting stuff away as you use it (kudos!) so this step is a cinch for you.
Either way, after hitting your house with these three steps, it will feel so clean!
The operative word being “feel.” Obviously, you need to make time for other projects like wiping down cabinets, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc. But think about how easy this would be if you did LTS every day! And, when it comes time to do those bigger cleaning jobs, you won’t get completely wiped out, and it won’t take you all day. Win-win. 🙂
Now I’d like to turn your attention to, drum-roll please…my very first FREE printable download!
*SIDE NOTE* To create this printable, I used some gorgeous watercolor images, courtesy of designer Angie Makes at this BEAUTIFUL website:
This printable includes a page for each day of the week with a different encouraging verse from my favorite book of the Bible, Psalms, printed at the bottom. ( I tried not to use a TON of color so it won’t kill your ink supply 😉 )
The first section is the “Get To Do” list.
I titled it this because I believe God wants us to see our housework as a ministry and a blessing to our family. Often I get a little bad attitude if my “To Do” list gets very, very long. But the truth of the matter is, I GET to do these things for my Jesus, and for my sweet family! Being a wife, a mommy, and a homemaker is a privilege. So that little phrase reminds me to stop, take a breath, and be grateful.
The second section is the “Shopping List.”
I am forever thinking of things I need to get at the store, but I neglect to jot them down! So this little section will help me to keep our home well-stocked. At the end of the day, I transfer all the items to a master list on my Evernote app. 😉
The last part is called “What’s for Dinner?”
Again, in a perfect world, I would have all the meals for the whole month planned out. BUT…I am not that organized. Yet. It is a goal of mine to plan a monthly menu someday! (Any tips in that area I will gladly accept!) But for now, having the question “What’s for Dinner?” asked of me at the beginning of the day helps me to avoid panic-mode at 4:30 p.m. 😉
And that’s about it, pals! I hope the LTS method is a help to you, as well as the “Get to Do” list printable.
Got any housekeeping tips for me?