• I have been a Stay-at-home-wife, mom, and grandma– one of these roles for most of my life.  I get up each morning, shower, and dress and get my daily chores and activities done.  Then I am free to serve, love, spend time with family and friends and meet whatever challenges the day brings.  It is always more pleasant for us and our loved ones to walk into a comfortable and clean home.  We didn’t get where we are in one day (unless you’ve experienced a natural disaster) and it will take time to develop the habits to live clean and clutter-free.  I don’t always feel like cleaning or any of the many things I do each day but developing the personal discipline to work even when you don’t feel like it will lead to joy in your life. Take joy in caring for yourself and your family and consider it a way to love and honor God.

MORNING ROUTINE

  • Quiet Time: Set the tone for your day by spending your first few moments reading your Bible and maybe a devotional, and prayin for the people God has given you to love. Your day will be much better.

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  • Grooming: Get cleaned up, dressed and ready to meet the day. Fix your hair, moisturize your skin. I remember when I was young, when I would get cleaned up my children would ask where I was going. I don’t want to give my family less than I give the rest of the world. I also want to set an example for my children. Pull yourself together and you will feel better and actually get more respect from others—go figure.
  • Make Bed: Your room will instantly look better and more inviting if you make the bed each morning. Sheets are easier to launder than comforters, blankets and bedspreads. If you have only been using a bottom sheet and a comforter, consider adding a top sheet.  There are disgusting little critters called dust mites that feed on skin cells.  Washing your linens regularly with bleach and hot water will get rid of some of these little fellows.
  • Breakfast: We tend to skip breakfast more often than any other meal.  If you want to lose weight and stay healthy eat a nutritious breakfast.
  • Vitamins/Medications: I don’t know about you but I forget regularly.
  • Exercise: Same as above. Better a short routine you do regularly than a longer routine that you never do.
  • Wipe out bathroom sink and keep your bathroom clean: If you wipe out your sink each time you use it, it will not ever need very much attention.  I keep a supply of white washcloths under my sink and use them to wipe out and shine my sink each time I use it. I put a fresh cloth out each day. (The same is true of your kitchen sink.) When you leave a room try to leave it better—cleaner, more orderly—than when you entered.
  • Laundry: Beginning the first thing in the morning, I try to run a load of wash all the way through from the washer to the drawers or closet each day. You will need fewer clothes and save time and money if you keep up with your laundry.

Coming Soon—More Cleaning Checklists and Afternoon Routine

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