Cleaning Your Home
We all want a clean home but you might be living in chaos and not be feeling like putting out more than a half-hearted effort.
- Maybe you are dealing with depression
- You might have a serious illness
- Your home may be filled with littles and you are plum tired out
- A plethora of reasons can cause lack of motivation
We all like to present our best front on the internet. Nice smiles, clean and tidy homes, happy husbands and children, organized to the max both in our closets and homeschools (if that’s what you do) but isn’t it hard to show our messy side?!
I love to wholeheartedly do everything homemaking.
Most of the time.
What about the times when the best you can do is half-heartedly clean your home?
Half-Heartedly Cleaning Your Home
When you are feeling lousy or life has hit you a curve ball, you might not be up to wholeheartedly cleaning your home. Those are the days that you would rather lay down and collapse on the sofa. You have responsibilities to your family but you just don’t have the energy or umph to keep going.
This is not instructions in slothfulness but rather helping you to deal with those painful days whether they are caused by physical limitations in your body or sorrow weighing on your heart.
First sit down and make yourself a cup of coffee (or tea) and read Psalms.
Bask in your sweet Lord Jesus.
Today, instead of doing all your housework until it is done, do just one chore: start by washing all the dishes, wash counter-tops, and scrub sink. Don’t you feel better already?!
Write: I want you to write. Find a spiral notebook and designate it for a journal. Open to a blank page and write the date. Whether you are a blogger or not, I want you to write. Sit and write continuously for 5 minutes. Write about anything wholesome that comes into your mind. If your mind goes blank, just write one word over and over (Blank. Blank. Blank. Blank) until you start thinking of something to say. Then stop.
Next, do one small task: Or part of a task. Make a game out of your chores by doing part of a task/doing something else, until the job is completely done. This is doable when you are blah. For instance: I bring folded and stacked clean clothes upstairs in a basket. Each time I pass the basket I put a stack away. Similarly, I will put one or two dishes away each time I stand up from my computer (which is often since I am ADHD for sure!) I deal with chores this way on those melancholy days.
Write again: It could be a blog post. It could be a letter to that missionary in Panama. Write to encourage. Spend 30 minutes on writing. If you have littles, write when they are sleeping.
Do part of another chore. If you have delegated chores to your children, find something that has to do with homemaking that needs to be done. Maybe it is cleaning out one kitchen cabinet. Whatever it is, bless your home in some small way.
Even with six fewer people in our home, there is always some homemaking task needing to be done. Breaking my housekeeping tasks down into bite-size pieces helps when I am carrying a super duper heavy feeling inside my heart.
For those who are dealing with illness, you do only what you can physically handle.
If you are dealing with depression, you end up the winner as you will start to feel encouraged as you see your house shape up.
You won’t get everything done these days, but that is OK.
Do you sometimes half-heartedly clean your home? Is this a good thing or bad?
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