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I love having a clean house. But I kind of hate cleaning.
That may shock you, coming from someone who is writing an entire series on cleaning, but if you don’t spring out of bed in the morning ready to start scrubbing, and vacuuming, and picking up socks off the floor, you aren’t alone.
I’m Not A Maid
My husband is currently working two jobs, and while I am working endlessly on my blog, social media for my church, freelancing, etc. I am working very limited hours outside of the home. Because I appreciate my husband working hard to give me this opportunity, I have tried to take over almost 100% of the household duties. HOWEVER, I am not a maid.
Shortly after I took over doing almost everything, we had a come-to-Jesus meeting about leaving his socks on the floor, and throwing his clothes in the corner of the bathroom instead of a hamper. What surprised me is that he had no idea how much extra work these small inconveniences were making for me. He thought that he needed to do big cleaning projects, like vacuuming the house or doing all the dinner dishes to help me out, when in reality putting his socks in the hamper helps me more than anything. While I appreciate his willingness to help, I don’t need him to if I am not spending my whole day putting things back where they belong. A simple conversation eliminated a lot of resentment and anger.
Consistency Leads To Less Work
Keeping consistent with a cleaning schedule makes it easier to keep my house clean at all times. If I only clean my fridge out once a week (or month, who are we kidding here), it can be a big job that takes a lot of time. But if I just check for expired food and do a quick wipe on the shelves as I am cleaning up for the night, I never have to take the time to do a big clean because it is always maintained. You picking up what I am putting down here?
What’s the real reason you don’t feel like cleaning? Are you too over scheduled? Maybe you need to rethink your calendar and get it back into a healthy balance. Are you just being lazy? If I am honest with myself, sometimes I am just being a slug. The last thing I want to do is clean, but by doing so I am worshipping the Lord by fulfilling my duty. And, I am serving my family. It makes the work a little lighter when I change my perspective!
Above all, give yourself some grace. As the saying goes, you eat an elephant one bite at a time, and you will tackle a clean an orderly house one task at a time. As the month progresses, I will be addressing WHY your house may be overwhelming to clean, and some actionable ways to cut that elephant down to size!
What is your motivation for having a clean house? Does it inspire you when you don’t feel like cleaning?
This is day 3 of Days to a Clean House. Click here to check out the whole series.