Clean Up, Clean Up!

tuesday tips logoClean up, clean up!

Everybody everywhere,

Clean up, clean up!

Everybody do your share.

How many times have I sung that little song?  Sometimes I catch myself singing it as a motivation to myself.  Don’t call the Funny Farm Folks.  I am okay.

It is just that after 20 years of parenting, I have sung it a few times.

So, how do I keep my house clean with all these kids?  Not very well.

I do have someone to come help me once a week.  Praise the Lord for that sweet woman!  I apologize every time she walks in the door.  Unfortunately, her good help does not last very long, so the rest of the week, I am on my own.

We all have to help.  Now, my older kids will hurry and clean up just so they don’t have to hear me sing the song.  It is fun to get on their nerves every now and then.

My Tuesday Tip is to have one point in everyday that the house is straight.  I usually pick up first thing in the morning, and then again mid afternoon.  By late afternoon I want to sit down for a few minutes with a cup of coffee and it doesn’t taste near as good if my house is a mess.

I usually assign different rooms to different family members.  I have explained what my expectations are (my standards are not very high, I have to confess), and I give them only a certain amount of time to get it done.  When they say they are done, I go “inspect” and usually try to pry 5 more minutes of work out of them and then we are done for the time being until the next round.

I remember when I was in college I went to a Bible Study led by James Loftin.  He talked of cleaning up our hearts.  He said we must ask ourselves if we are striving for barn clean or hospital clean.  A barn may be clean when the dirt floor is swept and the haystacks are tidy.  A hospital clean is a different standard.

I would rather have a hospital clean heart, even if my house is only barn clean.

How do you keep your house clean?  Advice is welcome!

So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hebrews 10:22-25 (The Message)

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