Saturday, July 7, 2012

Taking care of my home with a happy heart

Who here likes to clean?? Anyone love doing laundry? Yeah, well neither do I. I've started to realize that I've turned into a big old grump when it comes to taking care of my family. I whine if I have to pick up someones dirty socks, or put a cup in the dishwasher that was left out. I think to myself how dare I have to do this for them. Seriously, I do. I'm totally embarrassed to admit it but I act like a child. Some days I even have temper tantrums. I stomp up and down the stars and make sure I'm slamming the cabinet doors loud enough for everyone to hear me put away the dishes in the dishwasher.  All the while I'm telling the boys to do their schoolwork with a happy heart.  The other day I was quoting scripture to them about rejoicing and being glad.  

Psalm 68:3
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
Psalm 118:24
"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Proverbs 15:13
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

How's that for God opening your eyes? I was sick when I realized that I was telling them to do everything with a good attitude and I was going to pout and ruin our day by being a big baby. It was like a light went on. I don't have to be upset about cleaning pee off of toilet seats but I choose to. My attitude is my decision and only mine. So I decided that I wasn't going to have a bad attitude about taking care of my family. God has blessed me with this amazing family. My wonderful husband, 3 great kids, a brother who loves my kids and makes them laugh everyday (though he doesn't live with us all the time), and 2 amazing parents who gladly live with this rowdy bunch. How can I complain when I am so blessed? 

So last week I dusted upstairs and down, ran the sweeper, cleaned all the ceiling fans, disinfected the garbage disposal and many other things that I had gotten behind on since we went on vacation. I listened to good music, prayed and watched movies on my ipad while I did laundry. It was fun!!! Not only did I enjoy myself I felt great afterwards. Now I am caught up and where I need to be so I can use my cleaning schedule again and never get behind on those things. This is my job, taking care of these blessing that I have been entrusted with and I will do it with a smile on my face and joy in my heart from now on. 

Here's my Pinterest cleaning/organization board with tons of printables, cleaning tips and schedule ideas -


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