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She Watches Over The Ways Of Her Household Part 2

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

Ahhhh, organization. That sigh of relief when you look at something you have finally gotten in a place of…of…of…whatever the opposite of chaos is. That sweet satisfaction of everything being in its place and having a place.

Then you open that other cupboard…

On the bright side you have just accomplished something awesome and it really does build momentum for the next project. This has been happening with me. I have been able to accomplish much more by simply doing smaller tasks more often. This gives me the motivation to spend a quick 15 minutes organizing something, then every time I see the still undone projects I have a plan to get to them, not that familiar dread wondering if I ever will.

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She Watches Over The Ways Of Her Household Part 1

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

Cleaning is never an easy thing for me. I don’t like doing it. But on the flip side of the coin, I can’t stand a messy house and do not like the feeling of having people over when something is left undone. When I first looked at the topic of cleaning I suggested creating a goal for your household. Mine was to be able to have people over without having to worry about running home to clean first. I have currently reached this goal and am working on creating habits of maintenance. I am also trying to get to the areas where my doors are shut when people come over (the office is atrocious!).

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She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:27

We have already explored the second half of this verse by looking at time management ideas. This week we will focus on the first half of this verse, specifically in the area of housework.

I realize that at this point I have probably lost at least half of my readers but for the rest of you, hear me out, my goal is not to create guilt trips but to just share tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not live in a spotless house, I am by no means considered a clean freak and I am never accused of being neat and organized. And yet I probably have more resources on cleaning and organization than anyone I know. Why? Because I struggle with it. I am constantly on the lookout for anything that will help.

My first tip and my own personal first step is to make a plan. I always work better if I tackle things in little pieces and when I make a plan. So here is my cleaning schedule for the week:

Monday: Pick up Living, Dining, and Kitchen areas
Tuesday: Sweep floors
Wednesday: Night off
Thursday: Pick up Bedroom
Friday: Clean Bathroom
Saturday: Vacuum rugs and furniture

You have to think realistically when making these types of lists. What days are you busier or more tired? What days do you have more time or energy? And make the list attainable. What is the minimum that would make you feel comfortable if someone dropped by? If you are a clean freak change that question to what is the minimum that would make you feel comfortable so that when you have relax time you actually relax. I am not saying to only do the minimum, but make your plan accordingly so that if you are able to do more its even better, but if you aren’t at least you accomplished that much.

Too often we plan for our ideal. We strive for our end result in the beginning, give it some time. Make up a plan once a week and get to where you are following it before you start to add more to your plate. You will find the encouragement you get from accomplishing your goals will give you motivation to keep adding to them to start seeing even more results.

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