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Turn Your Household Jobs into Joy!

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We often view household chores like a fire breathing dragon waiting to be slain. They’re breathing down our necks and we would like to run, but we know that killing that beast is necessary and needed. I’d like to give you a different perspective of those tasks, because God created our work at home (and outside our home) to be done for His glory. You see, with just one little change, we turn the word

JOB

into

JOY!

So, too, we could make just one little change in our household work and turn it into a joy, rather than a drudgery.

What picture would give us a right view of dusting, laundry, washing dishes and mopping the floor?  How about an artist standing before his canvas!  Let me tell you why.

  • An artist has to have an end in mind.  He has to know what he’s going to have when he’s finished!  Is it a painting of a sea, the mountains or a vast valley?  Is it to be a portrait?
    • As workers, we need to know what our goals are.  What do we want to have accomplished in the end?
  • An artist has to have the right tools.  The right paint brush can put leaves on a tree with a simple stroke, or cover the canvas with the background color needed for a sunset.
    • As workers, we need the right tools to accomplish each job.  It will make it easier and more effective!
  • An artist has to have a time table to complete the work.  He may have a time limit because of the person for whom the work is to be done.  He may have time limits because of the mediums with which he is working.  Clay hardens!  Acrylic paints dry quickly!
    • As workers, we should use our minutes wisely, not wasting time by making the work more difficult, or by distractions.

So, artist, let’s think about our housework and how we can apply these principles!

  1. Tasks 
    1. Each day have a plan as to what needs to be done.  Don’t try to do it all in one day.
    2. Divide the weekly chores into the days of the week.
    3. Write down what you need to do.
      For daily chores, like beds being made and dishes washed and put away, you may want to write that into your goals as well, but not necessarily each day unless it’s not a habit yet.  If you need to get into that habit, write it each day!
      Know what your desire is – should the beds be made right after rising?  Should the dinner dishes be put away before you head to bed?  Seeing chores written down will help you to accomplish them, and then have the satisfaction of checking them off!
  2. Tools
    1. Dusting – Don’t use the nastiest rag you have in the house. Use a cloth you’ll want to see, like a swiffer duster, or a microfiber cloth to dust your home.  Get an extension duster to use on the ceiling fans and behind the headboard of the beds.
      Invest in a dusting spray.  I love the Pledge multi-surface anti-bacterial cleaner. multi surface everyday cleaner antibacterial
      It helps pick up the dust and it leaves everything smelling fresh and clean!
    2. Mopping –  Swiffer mops are my favorite.  I made my own covers for dry mopping and I can wash them and reuse them!  But I do buy the Swiffer brand for wet mopping.  They, too, make the house smell nice and clean!
    3. Cleaning Windows and mirrors and bathrooms – Put your mirror/window cleaner as well as your bathroom cleaners in pretty little spray bottles from the Dollar Tree.  I have several – one in each bathroom, and one in the kitchen ready for use!
      I use my own recipe for windows and mirrors – 50% water 50% white vinegar and a few drops of Dawn Dish Soap.  Shake it up and spray it on!  It works great and doesn’t leave streaks!
    4. A cleaning caddy can carry all your supplies without you having to run from room to room gathering the needed cleaning sprays and cloths. You can buy something similar at the Dollar Tree.
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  3. Time
    You don’t have to spend hours cleaning!  As a matter of a fact, you could spend less than 30 minutes a day and get more accomplished than you can imagine, but you have to be diligent.  Here’s how:

    1. Set a timer.  Play a game with yourself (sounds silly, but this works wonders!).  Set a goal to try to accomplish a,b,and c before the timer goes off in, let’s say, 15 or 30 minutes.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish in a short amount of time!
    2. Set aside distractions.  Put your phone in another room, or on vibrate and vow not to touch it until you’re finished!  Turn the television off.  Focus on the work at hand.
    3. Do the least liked job first!  You hate cleaning the oven, but it got splattered from the roasting chicken?  Do it first.  Then you can move on to the easier jobs!

With these three simple ideas, you can complete that work like an artist and you’ll end up with the beauty of a home that no painting could capture!  The audience will be your family and friends.  There’s no embarrassment of people seeing an unfinished project on the easel!  Oh, and the

A JOB can be turned into a JOY
with just one little change.

What change do you need to make in your housework to change it into a joy?

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Things I’m Loving This Fall

Fall brings some favorite things we don’t have the rest of the year.  I thought I’d share some of the things I’m especially loving this fall (though they’re not all seasonally related).  Look for the ARROW in the picture to see my favorite thing!

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This Kroger Washing Machine Cleaner is really reasonably priced and does a GREAT job getting any residue out of the washing machine.  The rubber gaskets don’t get completely clean, but it’s much better.  Look at that shine inside! My mom recommended it to me, and I’m recommending it to you!
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It’s the time of year for the great flavored creams!  This one reminds me of Christmas because in years past, it was the only time you could get it.  Now it comes out in the fall.  Mmmm, it’s so good in my morning cup of coffee!!
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Yankee Candles have me all  smiles.  I love all their products!  I especially love their fall scents.  This one is Sugar and Spice and it goes great with any pumpkin scent I may have in another part of the house.  I love the apple burner.  You set a container into the burner, turn it on, and it melts in the plastic container.  So easy and no open flame.

 

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I’m still chalkboard crazy!  I had a mirror over my mantle all summer, but  I decided to put the chalkboard up and do a picture.  What is it about chalkboard art that makes a space so cozy?  I don’t know, maybe just the opportunity it gives me to be a little creative.  It might be tacky to some, but I love it on the mantle!

 

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My last love isn’t a thing, it’s a person.  It’s the man you see talking to our sweet neighbors that we love.  That man, my husband…loves people.  He has a burden for people.  Everywhere he goes, he’s looking to pour into people the love of Jesus, and I love that about him!  I snapped this picture from my laundry room window.  I loved looking out and seeing him chatting with the children.  They love him, too!

What are you enjoying this fall?  A new product?  A place you’ve visited?  A person who’s been a blessing?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Have a refreshing weekend as you attend a church that preaches the Word of God in Truth!  Our church will be celebrating its 61st anniversary this Sunday, so it will be a special day, and I’m looking forward to it!

Lovingly,

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Do Yourself a Favor

Often times I ask myself a question –

If I knew that someone was going to knock on my door in five minutes, what would I want to straighten up?  What needs to be put away?  What would I want to have “fluffed up a bit?”

I look around and find the answer, then I get busy taking care of that problem area!  Often times it’s right before we sit down for supper.  I’ll put the pot holder back into the drawer.  Wipe the counter’s mess from salad dressing that dripped from the bottle when I poured it.  I’ll slide the syran wrap back into its place and put the dirty knife or spoon into the soapy water in the sink.

 

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Now not only would I not mind if someone walked in to visit, I can also enjoy my meal more, knowing that there isn’t a huge mess awaiting me when I finish!  The pots don’t have to be washed or every prep dish in the dishwasher, but if all the extra things are just put away, it doesn’t look like a bomb went off in the kitchen!

Keeping things put away only takes a few minutes for each task, but it can make walking back into that room a pleasure instead of feeling like you have the stomach flu!  Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to put things away.

Consider these simple tasks:

  • Make the bed within 15 minutes of rising.
  • Clean the sink, shower and toilet immediately after you’ve gotten ready for the day.
  • Hang up any discarded clothes  before you leave your room in the morning.
  • Before you leave the house for the day, make sure the room you’ll walk into is straightened up.  Throw away the newspaper.  Put the pillows on the sofa the way you like them.  Hang a clean dish towel over the sink.  Empty the trash can.
  • Have a timer candle or lamp set to turn on before you arrive home so you’ll have light in the house when you arrive.
  • Clean out all the trash, receipts, gum wrappers in your purse at the end of the day.
  • Put away the dishes in the dish drainer or dishwasher before going to bed.
  • Spend 15 minutes before bedtime putting things away and straightening the living space.

Small tasks can make a huge difference in the way you feel about your home.  It doesn’t have to be perfect – just uncluttered and welcoming!

Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes today to do what is necessary to make your house – or even one space, make you smile!

What is the one things you have to have done to make your house feel welcoming to you?

Refresh your house!

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An Easy Remedy For Dusty Lampshades

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Okay, so today’s post isn’t going to wow you, maybe, but it just might simplify your life!  Isn’t that one reason we read blogs and search the Internet?!  Maybe you’re figuring out tough things and reading the political reports, but I’m always on the search for helpful tips!

Recently I was sitting beside the floor lamp in my bedroom. and saw fluffy lint hanging on it.  Seriously?  I thought I’d vacuumed that just recently!  I didn’t feel like pulling the  vacuum out and attaching the upholstery cleaner on it at the time, so I just brushed it off for the time being.

Then last week when I was visiting my mom, I saw her pull out a lint roller and give her lampshades a swish.  Lint and dust particles were gone in a few easy strokes!  I came home and did the same magic on my lampshades and you know what?  It works better than the vacuum!

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You don’t realize how dusty the shades are until you take a look at the roller!  But the good thing is, now it’s a cinch to keep them from getting to the nasty stage!

Moms are great for little tips, aren’t they?  Thanks for sharing that one with me, Mom.  I knew as soon as you showed it to me that I’d have to share it so my readers could refresh their lamps, too! It’s all about the little things, folks!

Do you have exciting things planned for the weekend?  We’re hosting our missionaries to Brazil in our home this weekend, having a church Valentine dinner at a Mexican restaurant Saturday night, and are looking forward to a special time in church all day Sunday!  Monday will be our own Valentine celebration – more about that later!  What are your plans for the weekend?  

Stay refreshed,

 

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Take the “Eeeew” Out of the Shower

When I go to a hotel, I take a look into the shower to check and make sure it’s clean.  I get the heeby-jeebies if there’s a shower curtain that looks slightly questionable.   Anyone else like that?  I’m thankful that most hotels now have the shower curtains without a liner that is replaced with each guest. Whew.

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BUUUUT, What can we do about the shower at home?  We can’t replace the curtain liner every day, like the hotel does.  My method for keeping the curtain from getting to the  “eeeew” stage is to:

  1. Take the liner down about once a month and toss into a hot cycle in the washing machine.
  2. When it’s finished, shake it out a bit in the washer to get out puddles of water.
  3. Toss it into a laundry basket and take it back to its home and hang it up to dry.

When I hang the wet liner back up, its hem is clean, the soap splashes are gone, and it is even worthy of a finicky guest…me!

What are your tips to taking the “Eeeew out of the shower?

Stay refreshed,