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Sometimes life can get overwhelming and you end up feeling like you are drowning in a sea of mess and “To Do’s” wondering where to begin.
During a ladies bible study, I took when my kids were little, I learned the value setting minimums for housekeeping . Minimums are the least amount you can get done and feel happy with. It’s not about being lazy, its about contentment.
For instance, one exercise in this bible study was to ask our husbands, what were the 3 things we do around the home that make them feel loved.
Mine said, a couch free of toys, kitchen counter space to make my snack, and clean laundry to wear.
I was so shocked at the simplicity of his list. When I talked with him further I found out he truly just wanted a space free of clutter to destress from a hard days work.
So I set my minimum cleaning list around his needs. I make sure the couch and kitchen counters are clean, and I make sure he always has clean clothes (bonus is he does not care if they are folded and put away)
During hard seasons of your life, concentrate on doing the minimum to keep you family feeling loved. Make your “To Do list” but don’t get discouraged if all you get done is the minimum.
I challenge you this week to ask your loved ones, what do they need done around the home to feel loved, then make up a minimum list.
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Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom
Day One: Perform a Time Audit
Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?
Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows?
Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows
Day Five: Daily To Do Lists
Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List
Day Seven: Say No
Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices
Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget
Day Ten: Combine Joy
Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time
Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time
Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time
Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day
Day Fifteen: Tag-Team
Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids
Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves
Day Eighteen: Outside Help
Day Nineteen: Timer Magic
Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day
Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time
Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee
Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple
Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen
Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home
Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day
Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List
Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine
Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags
Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards (you are here)
Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint
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