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Thoughts on Dish Duty

This entry is part 6 of 42 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Oh, my this is already a whirlwind week and I haven’t made it through Tuesday.  Working on so many things at once can be frazzling.  So, I was tempted (and I mean ultra-tempted) to blow off doing the dishes last night and head to bed.  Who would know, right?

But I dragged myself back downstairs and washed every last dirty before I did anything else in my mound of things to be done.  And you know what?  I loved it!

I loved waking up to a clean sink and clean dishes!  And no one else saw or noticed, but it brought me peace of mind.  It also gave me something to do while the coffee brewed this morning: put away clean dishes.  Don’t you love the look of an empty dishwasher?  Continue Reading

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A Dishwashing Tip

This entry is part 7 of 42 in the series Hope for Homemakers

I can’t tell you what a motivation it has been for me to know that you are doing this with me!  If no one was paying attention, I might slack off a bit! Instead I have had a clean sink and clean dishes two mornings in a row.

So, I want to give you today’s challenge, but I also want to encourage you to be mindful of the amount of time it is taking you each day to do the dishes.  Is it already an easier task than it was on Monday?  I hope so!  By month’s end this will be a habit that becomes second nature, but only if we do the work, take the time, and yes, suck it up when we don’t want to. Continue Reading

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Hope in the Dishwasher

This entry is part 8 of 42 in the series Hope for Homemakers

We have jammed so much into our week around here that I am shocked it is only Thursday!  It has been a wearying week for us, but I have been thankful for this challenge because it has been just that: a challenge.  And the encouragement from you has been really helpful to keep at it.  Thank you!

I realize that just because we did this habit of washing our dishes every day for a week, we are not cured of our laziness in regards to this area (at least I am not!), but I am beginning to have hope that it can become a habit I can stick with.  I can keep my kitchen in line even if the rest of the world is spinning out of control and somehow that gives me peace. Continue Reading

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Dishwashing Tips for Hope

This entry is part 9 of 42 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Here we are at the end of the work week and I know it can be tempting to slow down or even stop in the progress we have made on our first habit: dish-washing.  But I hope you will hang in there this weekend.

In her book 28 Days to Hope for you Home, Dana White opens up on days 5-7 and shares a bit of her heart regarding dishes, doing dishes, and dealing with those in your home who do not do dishes.  I hope you will take the time to read these three days specifically this weekend because they kind of bring the why for our tasks this week into full focus. Continue Reading

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When Sweeping is not Just Sweeping

This entry is part 10 of 42 in the series Hope for Homemakers

We are starting week 2 of our 28 Days to Hope for your Home challenge!  How did you do last week?  Did you mostly do the dishes, but forget (or choose to forget) to a couple of nights?  I did pretty good – only one night of no dish duty (I fell asleep before my children did and woke up at 3:30 AM thinking I should go do the dishes).

Regardless of how you did last week, whether you washed the dishes diligently each and every day, or you missed a couple of days, we can still move on this week.  We are going to maintain the habit we have started by continuing to wash the dishes every day (putting away in the morning and washing at night, or throughout the day) AND we are going to add a new habit.  Continue Reading

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Making Clean Floors a Habit

This entry is part 11 of 42 in the series Hope for Homemakers

I have Bible study this morning (and I am leading!), so this will be very quick!

Today’s challenge is to do what you did yesterday.  If you didn’t do the tasks yesterday, do them today.  These steps are going to start to feel normal…if we do them.

And at the top of this post is something I found on Pinterest for inspiration. Continue Reading

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