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You are making a home not a magazine layout or a furniture showcase

 

I want to try something different. It may last a week or I may continue to do this.

 

Each Monday I will remind you of the tasks for each day and the Areas of Focus.

You can print it or refer to it, as needed. Then, I will write about what is on my heart on both practical and spiritual matters. (Even though I do consider spiritual matters ultimately practical)

 

Monday          Launch Your Week –clean all your toilets and check your bathroom supplies (paper, personal, and cleaning). Add needed supplies to your shopping list.

Tuesday         Duster Dance Day—Grab a good duster, put on some fun music and dance that dust right out the door. Don’t forget to put your little ones to work.

Wednesday    Desk Day—Pay your bills, take care of any business—family or personal and file. Filing is simply putting needed papers away in a way that you can locate them when you do need them.

Thursday       Floor Day—Sweep or vacuum then mop the hard floors in your home.

Friday             Wrap Up Your Week—Clean out your car, clean out your purse, backpack, tote, diaper bag, computer case—whatever you take with you when you go out the door.

Saturday        Family Fun Day—Work and/or play with your family. If you have a family work day such as a day outside cleaning up the yard, make sure you add some fun at the end, like making mini pizzas or another favorite snack together. Mix work and play dates with your family. Remember to make good memories.

Sunday           The day the Lord gave us for rest is like a wedding ring on the week. It reminds us of our relationship with Him. This is a day for worship, rest, family and friends. This is also a good day to plan your week together. Have a weekly Sunday afternoon planning party with pizza or if you are an empty nester or pre-kids what about a planning brunch?

 

This is the last day of September. Today is the day we give special attention to our bathrooms.

Cleaning Checklist for Your Family Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)
  • D= Daily W= Weekly M= Monthly S=Seasonally EOM= Every Other Month

 

 

 

Tomorrow is the first day of October. The Area of Focus will be the Living Room/Family Room form the 1st to the 7th  (The Areas of Focus will run from Tuesday to Monday in October)

 

My Cleaning Checklist for the Living Room/Family Room

  • Have you cleaned cobwebs? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the light fixtures? (M)
  • Have you cleaned windows?. (M)
  • Have you cleaned the window treatments? (EOM)
  • Have you cleaned any marks and fingerprints from walls and woodwork? (M)
  • Have you cleaned decorative items? (M)
  • Have you cleaned out the fireplace? (as needed or seasonally)
  • Have you cleaned out the end tables? (M)
  • Have you straightened the bookcases /entertainment center?(M)
  • Have you dusted the lamp shades? (M)
  • Have you polished the furniture? (M) Have you dusted? (W)
  • Have you culled out dated magazines and catalogs from magazine basket or rack? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the phone(s)?(M)
  • Have you vacuumed the traffic areas? (W)
  • Have you vacuumed under, around and behind furniture and drapes? (M)
  • Have you shampooed the carpets? (S)

 

 

ImageConsidering Titus 2 – Working in the Home

 

3Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.a Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.NLT

 

A note on “to work in their homes” gives the alternate meaning of “to care for their home.”  One way we love others is by creating a haven for them. Our homes should be welcoming, encouraging, safe places for the people God has given us to love. I think it just might be obvious that this is a passion of mine. I am not wild about cleaning toilets, or the endless round of dishes and laundry. I keep dusting and the dust keeps coming back. BUT it isn’t just the house I am caring for—I am honoring God in the home I create and I am loving my husband and children by giving them a pleasant place to live. I want what they see, what they hear, what they smell, what they touch, to be pleasant to them and to me.

I am my home’s administrator. I make use of whatever resources I have to create the best environment I can. I take it as a challenge to my creativity to responsibly use finances and other resources to make our home as welcoming as I can. I am not creating a magazine layout or a furniture showcase—I am creating a place where people live and love.  It has always been a challenge for me because we work so hard to clean it up and sometimes it’s barely seconds before things are getting torn up again. Give it as a sacrifice of love to Jesus to keep smiling, develop great patience and clean it up over and over and over again. Teach your children to be responsible and include them in the work. Do not raise a bunch of brats who don’t know the joy of contributing to the family by their efforts. Let them set AND decorate the table with teddy bears or Hot Wheels or whatever shows their hearts—if they want to use rocks, get them to clean them first.  It is hard not to scream at people who are undoing what you are trying to accomplish before it is even complete. Remember, why you are doing what you are doing. You are not just cleaning toilets and you are not a babysitter. You are a mother creating a place of beauty, safety, and rest and raising godly children to the glory of God. Get busy, beautiful! And when it falls apart, with Jesus’ help, put it back together.

 

Love and Hugs,

Mary

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