Sunday, October 27, 2013

What Are YOUR Favorite Excuses For Not Cleaning?


Making your home sing Mondays


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My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


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Do you ever find yourself struggling between the desire to have a clean house versus the desire to actually CLEAN the house?  I've been there!  Have YOU been there?  Haven't we all at one point or another?

Sometimes we can feel guilty or embarrassed if our house or kitchen or bathrooms (or other rooms) aren't clean and we start making excuses for them.  Have you ever made any of these excuses below?  Have you ever heard someone else make these excuses?


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WHAT ARE YOUR EXCUSES?

  1. I'm too tired to clean.
  2. I'm too busy.
  3. It's really not that bad.
  4. I will do it tomorrow.
  5. I don't have time.
  6. ________'s house is messier than mine is.
  7. The kids mess it up faster than I can clean it.
  8. I don't like cleaning.
  9. It never STAYS clean.
  10. I keep making excuses.
  11. I don't know where to start.
  12. It's just too big a mess to finish in one day.


Are any of these excuses a favorite of yours?  My favorite one is #4.  The ever popular and always hopeful "tomorrow."  I also am particularly fond of #1 and #2.

I can be really good sometimes at making excuses.  But I can also be really good at shooting down my own excuses, and sometimes we need to do that if we're going to get anything done around the house.

Below are a couple of the responses that I've said to myself in the past whenever I tried to get away with making an excuse, plus I added a few more.   You can be as sarcastic to yourself as I was with myself or be more gentle!  ;)


Try these answers next time you find yourself trying to talk yourself out of cleaning when you know you need to do it.  

  1. I'm too tired to clean.  Really?  Are you too tired to go shopping, play on the computer or have lunch with your best friend?  Because I bet you'd find the energy to go out if your friend called.
  2. I'm too busy.  Doing what?  Playing around on facebook?  Reading that magazine? Surfing the net?  Please.
  3. It's really not that bad.  Compared to WHAT?
  4. I will do it tomorrow.  Isn't that what you said yesterday?
  5. I don't have time.  That's funny, because you certainly find the time to do most of the stuff that you LIKE to do.
  6. ____________'s house is messier than mine is.  So?  If she jumped off a bridge would you jump off it too?  This is not a competition, my friend.
  7. The kids mess it up faster than I can clean it.  So have the kids pick up their stuff while YOU pick up yours and give them some regular chores to do.  It's called training.....you should try it sometime! (This answer is proof that I can get real sarcastic with myself sometimes, lol!)
  8. I don't think I like cleaning.  All the more reason to get it over with.  Make it fun!  Set a timer and race the timer until you're done.  Remember, you're a big girl now.  You don't have to like something in order to do it.  That's where discipline and responsibility come in.
  9. It never STAYS clean.  So what's the point?  Your car never stays full of gas so what's the point of filling it up again?  Your tummy never stays full but you don't stop eating because of it, do you?  Your hair never stays clean so why wash it if it's only going to get dirty again?  You need to be consistent in your excuses here.
  10. I keep making excuses.  So STOP making them!!!
  11. I don't know where to start.  It really doesn't matter where you start.  Just START.
  12. It's just too big a mess to finish in one day.  Don't worry about finishing all of it.  You don't have to finish today.  Just do what you can.  Every little bit helps.

I don't always like to clean but I do like a clean house.  So my excuses are just getting me further and further away from what I actually want.


Excuses are a poor substitute for action and drive us further away from our goals.

Note:  One day I didn't feel like cleaning up my kitchen and started making excuses to myself to avoid cleaning it.  Then I amused myself by writing the blog post you just read. So maybe I should have listed "I have to write a blog post" as an excuse.........  ;)   For the record, I went and cleaned my kitchen after writing the blog post.  How could I not?

Do you have any favorite excuses that I didn't list?  

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Friday, October 25, 2013

"Preserve Your Marriage While Pouring Into Others" My Guest Post




You may remember that a few weeks ago I said that I have been blessed with the opportunity to be one of 31 bloggers contributing to "31 Days To A Better Marriage" series on Jolene's blog.  Well, today is my day to guest post!

Have you ever found yourself pouring so much of yourself into others that you feel like there's nothing left for YOU or your family?

Do you sometimes just feel so overwhelmed with other people's needs and problems that you feel like you're drowning in them and going under?

In times like these, we need to set boundaries so that the needs and wants of others don't overwhelm our own needs.

We need to find a way to support others who are having problems without taking ON their problems. And we need to find a way to guard and protect our own relationships so that they don't get lost in the shuffle.


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TheBetterMom.comWhat Joy Is MinePhotobucketHappy Wives ClubLiving Proverbs 31i should be mopping the floorThe Alabaster Jar

125 Titus 2 Tuesday ButtonCourtship Connection Teaching What Is GoodAll Things with Purposekatherines corner PhotobucketMissional Womenhttp://christianmommyblogger.comHappyandBlessedHome.com Please save image and put it in your post or on your sidebar.Faithful Friday Blog Hop