Posts Tagged ‘chores’


(Home Management) An empty dishwasher

img_3851Can you imagine waking up to an empty dishwasher every morning? That would mean no piles of dirty dishes on the counters and no full loads of clean dishes to put away greeting you with the morning sun. There is nothing more demotivating than having to trudge through unfinished chores from yesterday before you can charge ahead with today’s tasks.

Make it a priority to leave an empty dishwasher at the end of your day. It is the best 10 minute bedtime preparation that you can make. There is no better feeling than waking up and already feeling like you are ahead of the game.

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(Home Management) Maximum Impact Cleaning

Maximum impact cleaning is actually a cleaning strategy that my husband taught me. It is a simple concept that I now apply each time I am picking up the house.

When you do a pick-up sweep of the house or even just a room, look for the one thing you can do or pick up that will make the most impact. If you had time to only put away one item, what would make the biggest difference? Making the bed or picking up the dirty socks? Putting the blocks back in the bin or returning a couple of books to the bookshelf? The visible progress will be energizing and it also allows you to get the maximum amount done in case you are interrupted before your cleaning spree is complete.

It is a simple way of getting more bang for your cleaning buck.

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(Parenting) Work Ethic

A good work ethic, a desire to serve others, a willingness to help when needed. These are all character traits that us parents desire to see our children develop. But cultivating them is a daily challenge. And how exactly are we supposed to do it??

If you look for it, you will see times when your child displays at least the beginning of the desire to work and serve. As adults, we often don’t recognize it for what it is. They are inefficient in most tasks and their ability to serve somebody effectively is frequently immature. And we are busy with life. It is rarely convenient to let them help sweep the floor, use the feather duster or take a turn pushing the vacuum. They slosh water onto the floor when “helping” with the dishes, put items away where they do not go (and where you cannot find them), and they pull out the real flowers along with the weeds. And it requires time and patience on our part. Lots of it.

dishesThe first step, though, is to recognize the desire in your child to work and serve. It will usually come in the form of a request to help you or an attempt to try a task independently. Let them try! Put aside efficiency, worry about the mess later, and recognize the beauty in their imperfect attempt.

If your child is going through a phase where they are not frequently seeking opportunities like I described, then don’t push them. (Note: this is different than chore requirements. I’m referring here to times when the child is seeking to explore a task on their own initiative.) You cannot force somebody to desire something, but you can provide them with opportunities to explore existing, emerging, or potential desires. A true work ethic is not just about accomplishing tasks, but a desire to work.

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(Money Saving Tips) Dryer Sheets


Here is a small and easy, money-saving change that you can make.

Cut your dryer sheets in half and use only one half per load. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that it is just as effective!

*Tip – Cut all of the dryer sheets in half as soon as you open the box to make for easy use.


(Home Management) Getting out the door

Some days, okay most days, simply getting out the door in the morning can be one of the biggest challenges you face. Everybody has to be appropriately dressed and fed, basic chores taken care of, shopping lists made, the car loaded with everything but the kitchen sink basic essentials, bathroom breaks coordinated, and snacks packed. And that’s just for a few errands. Then unless you are careful, or are superwoman, you get caught up in the never-ending cycle of snack/mealtime, potty breaks, and nap time.

A little bit of preparation the night before can have a huge impact on how your morning plays out. Some basic chores can be done ahead of time, your shopping lists can be made, outfits laid out, and your car loaded with those store returns and that bag you need to drop off at Goodwill. Since the kids are in bed, you will spend half the time completing these tasks. Preparations like this do double duty; your morning to-do list is significantly shortened, plus you are given a motivational morning boost because you are prepared and already know where to take your first steps (even though your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet).

Thirty minutes of nighttime preparation can change the tone of your whole day.


(Home Management) Laundry Deadline

Laundry has a way of piling up. Or of sitting in the dryer, if we’ll admit it. Have you discovered that there is this unspoken threshold during the day, past which the laundry will remain unfinished? Consider setting a laundry deadline for yourself. For example, if your threshold seems to be lunchtime, resolve to have your laundry completed for the day by 12:00. That means the last load probably cannot go into the washer past 10am (depending on the length of your washer/dryer cycles). Sound impossible? Maybe not. If your laundry isn’t getting done past lunchtime anyway, that means that you are likely folding the previous day’s laundry the next morning. You are just being more intentional about the completion of the chore.

And do you know what the best part of this deadline is? You don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day.