Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rinse and Repeat

Make breakfast, clean up from breakfast
Do laundry
Make lunch, clean up from lunch
Do more laundry
Pick up toys
Make dinner, clean up from dinner
Do more laundry
Clean bathrooms
Rinse and Repeat

Does this sound like your day too?

There are days that I get stuck. Stuck in this mindset that I am accomplishing nothing. Every task that I do gets undone within 24 hours.

The laundry is never done.
The bed I made in the morning gets unmade at night.
The dishwasher is never empty and all the dishes clean.
There is always dirty clothes somewhere.

It is never ending!

When I get stuck in this woe-is-me pity party, I have to find something - anything - to accomplish!

I know that these monotonous tasks are important to the care of my family. We have to eat, we need clean clothes, we can not live in filth. I am integral to the well-oiled machine of family life. And I know that my value is more than just the tasks that I perform. But as a mom, because so much of my work gets undone so quickly, I need to finish something.

A walk outside to get some fresh air is always a great option, but the kids and the weather don't always cooperate. Here are a few indoor suggestions:

  • organize one drawer - not the entire cabinet or dresser, just one drawer!
  • clean off the refrigerator door of everything outdated
  • write a Thinking of You card and actually snail mail it
  • try a new cookie recipe - yes it makes more kitchen mess, but there is going to be a mess there anyway
  • clean out my purse
  • sanitize my cell phone, ipad, home phone, computer keyboard, etc

I'm sure there are lots of ideas, but finding something that takes just 15 minutes and is something I can look at when I feel overwhelmed again with the monotony of my day. Just a little thing can help break the woe-is-me cycle!

All hard work brings a profit. Proverbs 14:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Colossians 3:23-34