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I hate cleaning.
I loathe it with a passion.
Yet, it is my duty to be a good steward of the home that God has provided.
And, so I clean on.
It took me a great many years (35 to be exact) to find a method that worked for me.
I tried cleaning during commercial breaks.
Inevitably, I would do more television watching and less cleaning.
I tried 30 minutes of cleaning for 30 minutes of break.
But now I have hit upon my own perfect cleaning system of just one hour per day.
First, I had to change my mindset.
I had to stop thinking of it as cleaning up behind those raggedy kids.
I certainly couldn’t adapt that I must clean because its my job.
A job pays, right?? Lol.
So, that’s when I adopted my being a good steward of the home that God provides philosophy.
(The attitude spills over into other areas of my life too. Such as being a good steward of the children that God placed in my care. And being a good steward of the body that God has given me.)
Second, I had to make having a presentable home a priority (although why do people seem to visit the most when you’re home is looking its worse? Lol.)
Third, I had to evaluate what portion of the day that I had the most energy.
I found that I am a morning person and by 3 pm, I am winding down.
By 6, I’m in a prone position.
By 8, I’m done.
By 10, I’m sleep.
It is an exciting life, to be sure.
You see, I had to put this loathed task there because I knew that I would get the things I wanted to do done at any cost.
My ideal time: 7 o’clock am.
That is half an hour after my oldest children leave but half an hour before I have to walk my youngest child to the bus stop.
During that hour, I turn off both computer and the television and turn on some high energy music and get to cleaning.
I concentrate on one room and/or chore per day.
Be it cleaning the living room or giving the oven and refrigerator a good scrubbing.
The last 15 minutes are always the dishes and the rest of the kitchen.
We all know that room always needs some extra help.
The funny thing is that when I stick to my cleaning schedule, I find myself more leading by example than having to crack the whip.
Especially as I say, I cleaned this room for you because I have to be a good steward of the room that God gave you.
Double bonus of putting a little humility into the hearts of my children.
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