Once a Month Chores in the Kitchen:
There are seasons where the ‘once a month’ stuff just doesn’t happen! I’m in one of those seasons right now.
When you have children growing up in your home, everything can run smoothly because they NEED something to DO and life isn’t all about playing. Give your children chores!! Keep them busy!! Make up a chore if you have to!!
These are kitchen chores I normally do each month. I rotate which room I concentrate on but when all else fails, the kitchen is the most important place in the home to keep clean. I won’t go into the issues with bacteria and those ugly germs.
Here are the main things to clean once a month:
Make sure the kitchen daily chores are done first.
Wash table and benches/chairs. Get some warm soapy water and a rag and wash the table top extra good, wash the seats, backs, legs, and every. single. part. of the chairs. A small child can be easily given this job. It is a good way to keep them busy while you are cleaning up after a meal.
Wash the inside of any windows you have in the kitchen. Get childish smudges off the windows. (I only wash the outsides of my windows once in a great while).
Wash wall around counters where food splashes.
Wash inside of fridge. I do this by just doing one shelf at a time. I love putting new groceries into a clean fridge.
Wash the outsides of all the appliances (stove, dishwasher, fridge, microwave).
The kitchen makes me think about Martha and how much I strive to keep it clean can often be in the wrong spirit. Martha wanted to sit at Jesus’ feet like Mary, but instead, she obsessed over the kitchen duties to an extreme. Although it is important to keep the kitchen clean, learn a little faster than I did to know when it is clean enough to pass.
Martha stressed over a resentment that she had to work in the kitchen without the help of Mary. I am always touched by the story of Martha. Jesus was so tender as he spoke her name, “Martha, Martha.” and He is just as understanding of our struggles as He speaks my name, and yours.
Just remember each day as you enter your kitchen that it is more important to work in the kitchen like Martha after you spent time at the feet of Jesus, like Mary.
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