May 6, 2010

Queen of the Castle: Week 18

Housework, Done Correctly, Can Kill You

For those of you playing along...(if you've just joined us you can get caught up a bit here) we are on week 18 of the book Queen of the Castle: 52 weeks of encouragement for the uninspired, domestically challenged or just plain tired homemaker.

Chapter 18 is "Housework, Done Correctly, Can Kill You" "I have learned that keeping us with chores is not a sentence to lifetime membership in the household drudge club, but rather a path to freedom: the freedom to reach into your drawer and be greeted by clean underwear and socks, the freedom to find a pencil with a point when you need it, the freedom to find your kitchen table and be able to eat off it." Yep. That pretty much sums it up! ;)

Here are a few tips that Lynn shares with us:

*"Wash your dishes after the meal, not the next morning when the melted cheese has become superglued to the fork tines." (Remember the phrase a place for everything and everything in its place? Do things one step at a time and don't put things off...that superglue cheese is a doozy!)

*"Have people over often, preferably once a week. That way you'll get the house presentable on a regular basis, stopping the entropy before it multiplies into full-blown chaos." (I try to have people over at least every other week...it really helps! Trust me!)

*This one cracked me up: "Did you know that cows reportedly give more milk when they listen to music? Turn up the radio and clean like a madwoman for two songs' worth." (Ha! All I could think of is how us nursing mama's feel like 'ol Bessy at times! Seriously, though, music does help. A. Lot.!!)

Lynn goes on to talk about a hard working Amish woman. (I can so relate since I have Amish neighbors!) This hard working woman was content with what she has and with what the Lord has called her to do. She was satisfied with her work at home.

"Do all things without grumbling or disputing." Phillipians 2:14

1 comment:

sunshine said...

Great tips! I'm going to have to go back and get caught up with this. I love these kinds of posts!

I totally agree with everything. I never thought about the having people over thing though. That is a great idea! What better way to make sure everything is presentable on a regular basis?

I love the idea of how hard working the amish women are. What an inspiration!

Thanks!!

((Hugs))
Laura

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