Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Be Purposeful About Keeping Things Clean

Something I've been realizing lately is that if I pick up and clean things as I notice them it is much easier to keep my home looking good. Being pro-active about tackling messes can really make a difference in your homemaking!

Flour on the counter after rolling out dough? Wipe it down!
 Clean as you go is ancient wisdom that has been passed down from homemaker to homemaker for years. Yet how often we neglect this sound advice! I can't tell you how many times I've failed to wipe the stove top or counter as soon as dinner was made, only to come back to a crusty, difficult mess the next morning. I'm sure you can relate! You'd think after a couple of times of frustrated, unprofitable scrubbing I'd have learned my lesson, but if you could only see my kitchen right now you'd know I hadn't. Clearly this is  habit I need to develop. When you make a mess, clean it before moving on.

Don't leave a mess on your stove top! Take two seconds and wipe it down!
This applies not only to messes you are making, but also random dirt and grime you come across in your day. If you see a cobweb, grab a tissue or duster or cloth (whatever is closest) and take care of it! Don't just try to remember it the next time you dust ;). Instead of walking past that spot on the floor or that pile of things that need to be put away for the tenth time, just deal with it. Two minutes here and there can save a whole day of cleaning.
Throw the mail on the couch? How about taking a minute to sort it and toss what you don't need?
My dear homemakers, let us be purposeful and pro-active when it comes to maintaining our havens! There is nothing so sweet as relaxing at the end of a long day in a neat and tidy home. Your husband will appreciate it, your children will appreciate it, and you know YOU will appreciate it too! Let's incorporate these little habits and see what a large difference they might make. There is a cobweb I'm thinking of at this moment, and I'm just going to go take care of it right now....

Linking up with: Teach me Tuesday, Titus 2sday, and Gratituesday

12 comments:

  1. You are TOTALLY my inspiration. I've been trying to do more of exactly this recently. Thank you so much for your blog. :)

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    1. This is a big area that I need to work on myself! Trust me, I haven't gotten anywhere close to having it down...

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    1. Thanks Mrs. Lewis :). Now to implement it!

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  3. Hello! I found you this morning and wanted to introduce myself. I'm Cheryl~ A Christian SAH wife and homeschooling mama with 10 children (9 still at home), and G'ma to 2 (almost 3!) grandbabies so far. I'm also your newest follower and I'm very glad to meet you! :)

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    1. Thank you for introducing yourself Cheryl! Wow, a homeschooling Mama of 10- you are my hero :). Thanks for joining, it's good to have you!

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  4. I totally agree with this post. I try my best to "clean as I go," but I don't do it as often as I should. I suppose it's something I'll have to keep working-on. :)

    -M. Wildflower, visiting from Growing Home link-up

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    1. Thanks for visiting :). I still have a long way to go in getting this down too. Onward together I suppose :)!

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  5. I am in the same boat about not getting all of the obvious stuff done. I have ADD about the house work I think. Thanks for the reminder.
    Please come share at:
    www.mun-makingblogs.blogspot.com

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    1. You are welcome! I am just glad that every morning is a new day to try again in better caring for the homes the Lord has blessed us with :).

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  6. SHE GOT IT! Too bad the kids learn these things after they move out ;). I'm still working on her brother...as for Rachel's dad, my belove hubby, Guess I'll keep "helping" him with his ice cream drips on the counter & piles of mail. Love you my daughter!

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    1. Only a mother could say it best :). Love you!

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