There are both Mary and Martha challenges and I have to remind myself not to skip straight to the Martha projects as is my work nature.
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Since I came to the challenge a few days late I played catch up today. It doesn’t matter if you miss a day here and there or baulk at a challenge. Anything we do is more than we might have done.
My specific reasons for wanting to make my home a haven:
– well to be a haven, of course
– to be able to share our haven with guests without having to dash around cleaning first
– no backlog of housework screaming at me, totally ruining my haven
– more time to enjoy my haven
I’ve even made a motivating plague for my fridge that reads, “Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord and not for man.” Col 3:23
I so don’t like a messy fridge front but I am very partial to magnetic photos as you can see. Okay that’s totally irrelevant. Hehe.
I didn’t want to buy any supplies so whatever resources I’ll need have to come from what’s already in the house. The last thing I need is more stuff to organise my stuff. 🙂
What can I do to bring life to my home today? Well it’ll sound odd, but it was to stop cleaning and make paper airplanes with my boys. (I should have taken a photo of my spiffy plane creations. They were pretty impressive! Hehehe).
Cleaning the fridge and freezer was an easy task for me. Thursday is grocery day so I clean the fridge out every week on Thursdays before shopping. Our garbage collection day is perfectly timed to be on Fridays so nothing icky stays in the bin for long.
I don’t want anything old or spoiled left in the fridge that could be accidentally eaten by someone so I’m always on top of this task. However, my fridge was due for a nice wipe out. The shelves were done recently but the trays in the drawer were collecting a mish mash of crumbs and drips. Did you know those things come right out?! Well mine did. I could take them to the sink and wash them properly. Cool! My freezer enjoyed a good wipe out too. And I tipped out all of the old ice cubes and made fresh ones.
What makes my family feel most loved about my housekeeping?
Well I know this one without asking. Hubby likes his clothes ironed and in the cupboard when he needs them and my little men like homemade goodies to eat.
Another easy peasy job! Dust the top of the cabinets and fridge. My fridge was done not long back. That particular day I pulled out the fridge and did the floor under it too. We found a hodge podge of missing items and plenty of icky sticky patches. Urck!
Re-wiping over the top of the fridge was a breeze. I don’t store anything up there. Makes it easy to keep it clean.
Next, we had to wipe over the fronts of the cabinets and drawers. Well I thought mine were clean until I got down clean to actually clean them.
I’m still two days behind but that’s okay. This isn’t a race or a contest. I’m just jumping in as the mood hits me.
Next on the list is cleaning the oven. Hmmm, the mood might not hit me for a looooooooong time. Really? We’re supposed to clean inside of the oven. Ooohh! Sounds icky. Any ideas for a non-toxic cleaner for the job?