December 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch


Pick Up After Yourself

  • One habit that will almost make you feel like your home is staying clean without a lot of effort is to begin to pick up after yourself.
  • When you are finished eating put your dishes in the dishwasher.
  • When you undress, put your dirty clothes in the laundry, put your clean clothes away, put your shoes in the closet, put your accessories where they belong.
  • When you are finished with anything, put everything away.
  • If you are working on a project, keep a basket or a bin to put the items into while it is in progress.
  • Teach your children to pick up after themselves.
  • Wipe up spills and spots on surfaces including floors, carpets, and flat surfaces.
  • I don’t want to come up with every solution for picking up after yourself or teaching others in your family to pick up after themselves. What do you do to make it easier to keep your home clean.

I remember that when the children were growing up, several times a day I would call out “Clean Up!” We would race around and pick up whatever needed to be put away. This kept everything from getting too far out of order.

I realized I also do this when we are staying in a hotel room.  Depending on our length of stay (overnight versus a few days) I either work from our suitcases or I put everything away so the room is less cluttered.

In all these cases, it’s a little effort but contributes to peace of mind.

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day and Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

One of my favorite dusters is a paintbrush! It's great for lampshades and getting into cracks and crevices. Make sure the bristles are soft
One of my favorite dusters is a paintbrush! It’s great for lampshades and getting into cracks and crevices. Make sure the bristles are soft
  • Get rid of clutter. Put away unneeded items. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out light bulbs. (M)
  • Remove spider webs (M)
  • Wipe down banisters and light fixtures. (M)
  • Wipe down porch furniture. (M)
  • Sweep porch and walkway. (As needed)
  • Get rid of dead plants. (M) Deadhead live plans (D)
  • Do any shrubs need to be pruned back?(S)
  • Do any plants need repotting?(S)
  • Does your doorbell work? Does it need to be replaced or a new battery?(M)

Walking Through Philippians: Philippians 2:1-11 Have the Attitude of Christ

imageWhat are the rhetorical questions Paul asks as Philippians 2 begins? (These rhetorical questions assume a yes answer.)

  • 1Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? (yes)
  • Any comfort from his love? (yes)
  • Any fellowship together in the Spirit? (yes)
  • Are your hearts tender and compassionate?(yes)

Since all these things are true, what are we to do?

  • 2Then make me truly happy by
    • agreeing wholeheartedly with each other,
    • loving one another,
    • and working together with one mind and purpose.

What else are we to do?

  • 3Don’t be selfish;
  • don’t try to impress others.
  • Be humble,
    • thinking of others as better than yourselves.
  • 4Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

What attitude are we to have?

5You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

What was Jesus’ attitude?

  • 6Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
  • 7Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    • he took the humble position of a slave
    • and was born as a human being.
  • When he appeared in human form,
  • 8he humbled himself in obedience to God
  • and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

What was the Father’s response?


  • 9Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    • and gave him the name above all other names,
  • 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,


  • in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

And what will the people say?

11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.




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