Friday, September 13, 2013

The Intentional Home, Week Four: Friday

For an Introduction and Table of Contents for The Intentional Home, click Here.

Week Four: Friday

She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
Proverbs 31:27-29

As I’m pondering how you might be feeling through this process, I’m afraid that you might be feeling overwhelmed trying to keep up with all of the daily chores along with the daily task I’ve given you. Remember, if you miss a few of the chores during this time, don’t worry about it. Once your house is clutter free, you will have more time to focus on the daily chores and they just become a part of your life and seem much easier. So, please don’t stress if you’re not getting everything done! Also, remember that you can take as long as you need to finish these projects. There’s no condemnation here, you’re doing awesome!

If you happen to be one of those lucky few who has a laundry room separate from your pantry. Maybe you even have a mudroom? I’m trying hard to not be jealous of you right now! I digress, yes, today we will venture into the land of laundry. Oh wait! You don’t have any laundry, because you’ve been keeping up daily. Seriously, if you have, how good does it feel to not be overwhelmed with laundry? Good, right? 

Spend some time in your laundry room. Has it become a place to collect clutter? You might have extra things that don’t belong there. Mine becomes a catch-all since it’s right off the kitchen. Return any items that don’t belong there to their home. If there are any things that are just creating clutter without a purpose, then it’s probably time to put them in our wonderful pile of things going out.

If you have mops and brooms in your laundry room, you might consider hanging some hooks on the wall to get these off the ground. Hooks are also helpful for lunch boxes, backpacks, aprons to name a few possible things. 

I like to have a separate laundry basket for wet items like dishtowels in the laundry room. Our clothing laundry baskets are located in a hall closet between the kids’ rooms and our master closet.

Let’s face it, we spend a lot of our time doing laundry, so why not make our laundry room pretty? I added a fun bright color to the wall behind our shelves and a cute curtain over the window. Maybe add a meaningful Scripture piece of artwork on the wall or just something quirky and fun. It’s probably a pretty small space that not a lot of people see, so have a little fun with it and make it a haven that you will enjoy working in!

Daily Chores: 
One load of laundry from start to finish
Make your bed
Unload the dishwasher in the morning, load and run it at night
Wipe down the kitchen counters and sink 
Wipe down the bathroom counters and sinks

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