Mar 11, 2018

4 Practical Ways To Keep A House Clean | A Wise Woman Part 2

In part 1 of my Wise Woman blog series, we looked at this verse found in Proverbs.

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Proverbs 14:1

You can find part one of the series HERE.

In part one, I started to talk about keeping my house clean. As a homemaker, this is important to me. I feel like in the society we live in today the art of keeping a home is lost and often looked at as not important or trivial. I decided to look at housekeeping more seriously and started to be intentional about it. My house has never been cleaner.

There are practical ways we can use to ensure our homes are being cleaned. I'm a homeschooling mom of 5 and don't have time to clean my house all day. I came up with a few ways to make my job easier and I'd like to share those with you. 

1. Come up with a weekly cleaning schedule.
This has saved me so much time and even my sanity. Each day of the week I have a specific chore to get done. For example on Mondays, I deep clean my living room. This means everything is dusted, windows are washed, and furniture is pulled out so I can sweep under everything. This is something I do on top of my daily chores like dishes, sweeping, and laundry. Having a weekly schedule helps each area of my house be deep cleaned so I don't get overwhelmed and try to deep clean every room in 1 day. Pinterest has lots of cleaning schedules! 

2. Have your children help with chores.
Having kids help around the house teaches them how to take care of a home and helps out the family. Even kids of a young age are able to help with chores. My 4yr old loves to set the table, load the dishwasher, and make her bed. It might not be perfect but she is learning. My older girls help put laundry away, take the trash out, and help keep an eye on the younger ones so I can get things done.

3. Find cleaning products you love.
This might sound silly but I find that if I love the smell of the cleaning product I am using, it motivates me to clean. I like to stick with simple and safe cleaning products that are safe to use around babies and pets.

4. Give yourself a day of rest.
We all need a break and time to be renewed. I take a day of rest on Sundays. I will still do the daily chores but I don't do more than what I need to do. I love to take Sundays and work on my blog, read, and spend time with my family.

These are all very simple tips but I promise they will help you. For many years I allowed myself to become overwhelmed by housework. Sometimes I didn't even know where to start and became unmotivated to clean. Gives these tips a try and let me know how to has helped you.

I believe keeping our homes clean is an important thing for many reasons. For one, having a clean home helps to keep our family safe and healthy. It's also so much easier to relax in a home that is neat and tidy. No one wants to come home to a messy house. I also think it's important to have a clean home because you never know who will stop by. I want my house to be welcoming and I don't want to feel embarrassed if it's trashed. Sure I might have dishes that need to be loaded into the dishwasher but I won't have last nights dinner still left out on the table and counters.

I want to be clear that I am not saying that your home should be perfectly cleaned at all times of the day. We are busy women. Some of us have jobs, multiple children, health issues, or are going through some hard times. It's important that we give ourselves grace and just do the best we can in the season of life that we are in.

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