Most days my house looks like the Queen of Chaos lives here, not the Proverbs 31 Woman. My home has a mind of its own and quickly slips out control. While I’m cleaning the kitchen, entropy takes over in the bathroom. I do a quick room rescue in the living room, but by bedtime it looks like World War III.
I know that the wise woman watches over the affairs of her household. (Proverbs 31:27)
I get that bottom line faith-in-action is caring for my family, and that includes looking after my home. Totally get that.
I want my home to be a place of peace, beauty, and order for my family and visitors.
But my reality right now? I just don’t have much time or energy to focus on my house. Homeschooling two kids in high school, serving as a pastor’s wife, encouraging younger women, a weekly community service project and a bible study make my plate full.
I imagine you have a full plate too. Maybe like me, you abandoned an organized cleaning schedule a long time ago. So today I thought I’d share my “Not-So-Super” Housecleaning Strategy for busy women:
Tackle what’s bothering you most!
Determine Your Bottom Line Priority
What frustrates you the most if it’s left undone? A cluttered entryway? A dirty bathroom? For me, it’s a dirty kitchen floor, so the rest of the house can fall down around our ears, but if that kitchen floor is swept and mopped, I’m happy. Determine your bottom line priority and do that even if you don’t have time for anything else.
Establish 2 or 3 next-in-line priorities, and get to them as time permits. For me those are bathrooms, laundry, and vacuuming floors.
What’s Driving You Crazy Now?
Once or twice a day, take a few minutes to tackle whatever’s bothering you the most NOW! Cleaning a dirty kitchen window or clearing a cluttered surface changes my outlook towards my house. Over time, tackling small jobs one by one makes for a more peaceful home.
Housekeeping is an unseen job that we don’t receive many thanks for. Most of us don’t really love it. Looking on the bright side, however, it does give us a chance to put our faith into action by serving those we love.
What about you? How do you feel about housework? Have any tips for getting things done that you can share with the rest of us?
Linking up with Mel Caldicott at Essential Things Devotions today.