Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Galatians 6:4

Monday, April 09, 2007

Ok.. seriously.. are you "living in foolishness"????? I was watching my DVR'D Martha Stewart today while folding laundry ( have to be doing TWO things at once you know!!) and she has a CONTEST on their for SPRING CLEANING..Guess what the details contain.... "If you have a room that you are afraid of and is terribly messy you could WIN".... Seriously.. Seriously.. stuff like this just irritates me!! I thought when we grew up as children you were NOT rewarded for having left a mess behind.. you were told to pick up after yourself and that was it... it was EXPECTED .. if you didn''t.. then you got in trouble... But here Martha is rewarding you for having the sloppiest room around... GOOD GRIEF!! Now.. don't get me wrong..I am NOT the perfect house keeper.. my floor NEEDS a good mopping and my bathroom could probably be wiped down while I type this... but NEVER would I let a room in my home become "unusable" because I was lazy and just threw stuff around... People are making MILLIONS off the fact that others don't want to clean or get rid of un-needed JUNK!! Ok.. I'm sure you could walk around my home and say "umm you don't need this.. and you don't need that".. but never would you find all that un-needed stuff thrown into one room... There are families out there who have a dining room and haven't sat in it for YEARS!! YEARS!! because of junk that "grows" in there... WHY? "Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:4 Ok.. I know what some of you are thinking.. You can do all this and STILL work full-time out of the home.. and with that.. I do agree.. I've done it before... HATED it... But it's possible... I feel that in my heart I am to "teach" my daughter how to care for a home no matter what her desire is in life ... I need to show her that I love her father and that he is very important to me and to everyone here.. I find the home to be one of those examples. There is no reason that my husband should work full-time and then come home to a messy house if I am fortunate to stay home... even when my children were teeny tiny and I was watching others.. my house was never a disaster.. there were days when I would hope NO ONE would knock on the door.. but it wasn't something that couldn't be fixed in a half an hour or so...
I guess my point is.. why are we enabling people to MAKE MILLIONS off of filth? And why are we rewarding the ones that HAVE THE FILTH? Take these shows for example.. CLEAN HOUSE, CLEAN SWEEP, MISSION ORGANIZATION...I don't know about you.. but I can't sit there and watch them....aggravation just set in...
My Biggest Tip I can give you for keeping your home clean and organized.. GET YOUR CHILDREN INVOLVED.. they are never to young to help around the house!!!
Here are few other tips I found on line to s hare!!
Make a Schedule
Set aside a regular short period of time each week for the family to straighten up the house. It teaches good habits to the kids and gives the family a project to do together. Everyone will feel better when the job is done, and might just look forward to the day when they know things are going to be neat and organized.
Cleaning with Automatic-Dishwasher Detergent.
Automatic-dishwasher detergent works well on refrigerators, stoves, floors, walls and glass.
Dissolve 1/4 cup in one gallon of very hot water.
Wipe with a dry cloth afterward.
Wear rubber gloves and test first to make sure that what you're cleaning is colorfast.

Clean Windows
Wash windows on a cloudy, but not rainy day. Working in direct sunlight causes streaks because the cleaning solution dries before you can wipe it off. This is the best time to vacuum the frames and sills. Cool, clear water is the choice of most professional window washers. If windows are very dirty you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water. Use horizontal strokes on the inside and vertical on the outside so you know which side the streaks are on. for drying windows, a wad of crumpled newspaper works just as well as expensive paper towels. Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands free of ink.

Quick fix for shiny wood floors.
Put a piece of waxed paper under your dust mop. Dirt will stick to the mop and the wax will shine your floors.


Lara said...

I never really thought of those shows that way...but I can see how that would be annoying.

I like them because they help me be more organized...since I did not naturally come that way. :)

My house is "organized" as in there is a place for everything. My problem is that everything is NOT always in its place.

I do agree about involving the kids. Mine like to help quite a bit. :)

Happywife84 said...

I LOVE, LOVE your hints!!! I am cleaning challenged so all help is greatly appreciated! I have a question...on the tip for wood floors, if the wax paper is under the dust mop, how does the dust stick to the mop?

I thank you so much for your encouragement! May I post your tips on my blog?

cajunquilter said...

wow girl! i just got around to reading your blog! we were both dealing with the same thing today! isn't God awesome !!!! i feel the same way btw about those shows. and i agree that they are rewarding people to live that way. ugh.

love you girly.

MrsA said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog is great. I love the household hints. We have hardwood floors in everyroom so I am going to try your wax paper/ dust mop today!!


Candy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday and leaving such a sweet comment. I will be back to my blog in a couple weeks. Feel free to pop back then, I would love to get to know you :)
God Bless,
your friend,