Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Housecleaning Game & MYHSM Linky Party

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

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!

Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.

Note: We had 120 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

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Sometimes I feel like I clean the same things over and over.  Do you ever feel that way?  Sometimes it just feels like ALL I do is clean the kitchen.

Seriously.  All I do is clean the kitchen.  All.  Day.  Long.

If I'm not cleaning the kitchen I am straightening up the living room, or neatening up the bathroom.

Honestly, doesn't it just feel like you are ALWAYS doing laundry or washing the dishes or emptying the dishwasher?

That's because you are.  I am too.

This is how we stay ahead of the game.

The Housecleaning Game

Because it IS like a game.

In a game you either play by yourself or you are part of a team, but either way you are playing to get ahead and win.

There are rules in the game, and sometimes penalties.

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In the housecleaning game, the rules are simple:

  1. If you take something out, put it away when you're finished with it. Have a place for everything and put it in its place by the end of the day.
  2. Clean up the kitchen after every meal.
  3. Run the dishwasher after dinner if it's full or mostly full.
  4. Empty the dishwasher early in the morning.
  5. Hang up or put away your clothes when you take them off.
  6. Wipe up spills or messes as soon as they happen.
  7. Rinse dishes (if necessary) and load directly into the dishwasher so food doesn't harden.
  8. Have regular toy pickups throughout the day.  (We had three: before lunch, before dinner, before bed).
  9. Have a regular cleaning routine and follow it as best you can.
  10. Don't let the laundry pile up.  

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The penalties can be difficult:

  1. A sink full of dishes and a counter top full of clutter can make dinner preparation very stressful.
  2. Doing dishes can take a lot longer when food is hardened and dried on.
  3. Waking up to a messy kitchen or a cluttered home can get your day off to a bad start.
  4. The chaos and clutter of an overly messy home can be very overwhelming.
  5. Clutter can cost you money as you find yourself buying new things to replace the ones you can't find.
  6. The mess and stress of living in all that clutter can cause fights within your family.
  7. Feeling like a failure because you can't keep your house clean even though you try and try.
  8. Feeling as if people are judging you whenever they come over to visit.
  9. Stepping on a lego or another small toy in the middle of the night can REALLY wake you up, not to mention hurt.
  10. Getting further and further behind until eventually you feel defeated and don't even bother trying to catch up.

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But the rewards of the housecleaning game are awesome!:

  1. Peace of mind.
  2. No more embarrassing moments when people just drop in without notice.
  3. Starting the day with a clean slate instead of starting behind.
  4. Staying on top of things means you spend less time cleaning and more time having fun!
  5. Getting the kids out of the house on time and in a good mood, instead of screaming at them as they rush around trying to find their backpacks and shoes while you try to find them something clean to wear.
  6. Getting yourself out of the house without having to spend 10 minutes looking for your keys.
  7. Being able to relax for the evening without having to block out all the mounds of laundry, stacks of dirty dishes, and other unfinished business calling your name.
  8. Waking up to a CLEAN kitchen and clean bathroom.  Awesome!
  9. Being able to find what you need when making dinner because you know where everything is.
  10. Did I mention peace of mind?
So go ahead and play the housecleaning game today and make your home sing!  You'll be glad you did!

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  1. You are so right, all I seem to do is clean, clean and clean some more!

    1. I know, right? Lol! But it's worth it to have a clean house! ;)

  2. Me too!! I babysit preschoolers. so it seems like a constant battle! Thanks for hosting!

    1. Oh my, that will keep you busy, won't it? How fun though, but lots of work I know.

  3. Ha, I just finished dusting, mopping, cleaning toilets...but today I had help. The Sweetheart pitched in and did all of the vacuuming and finished mopping the upstairs. That was HUGE. We are overseas right now, as furlough replacements in Northern Europe for missionaries who are in the States. It is my HONOR to clean her home, we are staying there and I want it to be exactly as she left it, if not better. The biggest problem is there is no air conditioning in most homes here, usually they do not need it as it does not get above 80, usually, ha. And most of the time the high is 70-75 in the summer. BUT! They also do not have screens! So the doors and windows, skylights, are open but it lets in an enormous amount of dust. Fortunately the bugs are not too bad, we don't see too many flies, thank God! Anyway, just wanted to share....your tips are great! always. Pray we can be a blessing here! ♥

    1. I will! You know, you truly ARE being a blessing because I know that they are able to enjoy their time away just knowing that YOU are there meeting the needs of those they minister to. But wow, I can see how that no screen thing would certainly add to your workload.

  4. Yes, yes, yes, I agree. It never ends. Love your three lists.

    1. Thank you, Sandra. Have an awesome day! :)

  5. Great way to tackle housework! Thanks for hosting & God bless!

    1. God bless you too, my friend, and thanks for coming by and joining in the party! ;)

  6. Thanks for the party!!

    Have a great week!

    1. You too, Bobbi! This summer is going FAST!!!! Thanks for linking up again!

  7. Oh you are so right!! We live in the country and so there are fleas on the snow in the winter, fleas inside and we have sprayed them THREE times and I have salted the WHOLE house too. Each time you have to THOROUGHLY vacuum and wash the floors with vinegar. Then, only to find yet still another flea jumpin' on my socks or outside!! My house is CLEAN and not too cluttered so it is crazy that I vacuumed at least 4 times in the last week!! What a fun way to spend a blogging break, LOL!!

    When I don't feel like doing housework, I play a game. I do one thing and take a break (and work on my blog, lol) and then do another thing until the work is done. Every time I get up, I have to put a dish away. It is amazing how many times I get up!!! Other times, like this morning, I clean and clean and won't sit down until I am done. Well, am I ever done?? Ha!! Never!! Just when I am done, I realize I forgot to put a towel in the laundry or someone comes home from work and throws their uniform in the laundry. Who am I trying to fool? I am constantly learning how to put the heart of a servant "on".

    1. Wow, I have never had a flea infestation like that! I guess I'm glad I don't live in the country, lol!

      I have played that same game to motivate myself. Sometimes when I really don't want to do ANYTHING I will sit and watch something during t.v., then during the commercials I will run out and clean something. Often what happens is I continue cleaning and then miss the t.v. show, lol!

  8. Great post! How fun! We used to play games when the children were young -- like our 5:00 clean up where I set the timer and if we beat it, we did the "beat the timer dance!" :) Also, I used to put a big pile of unmatched socks in the middle of the floor and we would all draw out a "hand" and then play "Go Fish" with the unmatched socks! It really made a dreaded chore more fun! ;)


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