Homemaking is a Ministry {Sundays at Home}

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The Christian Homemaker

I’ve been a homemaker for over two decades now. That’s a long time! I didn’t always enjoy my role as a homemaker and honestly – there are times it still feels tedious!

But over the years I’ve come to realize that homemaking is just as important as any other type of ministry because as the wife and mother – the way our family feels at home speaks volumes about how we minister to their needs.

Does your home feel safe, peaceful, full of laughter, and welcoming to the weary soul? If not, it’s time to do some major clean-up! And sometimes it’s not just our house that needs a good cleaning. More often than not, our hearts are in need of a good scrubbing too.

Here at A Virtuous Woman, you’ll find lots of help finding peace in your heart and peace in your home.

Homemaking is a Ministry

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Intentional Homemaking

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Our families are blessed when we are intentional about homemaking. From choosing the perfect recipes, to making the bed, decorating or cleaning the bathroom, homemaking is a ministry.

How have you been intentional about homemaking this week?

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How are you blessing your home this week?

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Cleaning the Carpets {Day 50}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 50

You can find the rest of the series here.

Scripture Memory: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23, 24

  In my own home, we have carpets on the main floor in the living room, sunroom, and master bedroom. We are in the process of pulling out the carpet and restoring the hardwood floors beneath, but for now the rest of the house has either tile or hardwood. My carpets are a very pale shade – with just the slightest hint of green.

We have a black top driveway, and the blacktop is constantly tracked in on our shoes. We have a rule about taking shoes off inside of the house but inevitable, someone will forget to take something to the car and need to quickly run back inside, tracking in the black asphalt. Talk about a frustrating cleaning nightmare.

So, we purchased a steam cleaner that I can use whenever the carpets begin to look dingy. If you have small children who spill their chocolate milk frequently on the carpets, or have a black top driveway as I do, you may want to consider purchasing a carpet cleaner for home use.

     Carpets should be vacuumed a minimum of once a week. Whether the carpets appear dirty or not, vacuuming will remove ground in dust and dirt that your eyes cannot see and will help your carpets remain in good condition for a longer period of years. Debris can be swept up with a broom if you do not have access to a vacuum cleaner.

You can either purchase a steam cleaner or rent one from the grocery store. Or you can call a professional company to come and clean the carpets for you. Carpets in high traffic areas should be cleaned in this manner at least twice a year.

    Spot cleaning is necessary in most homes from time to time. As the mother of five kids running around the house {and several dogs, cats and grandchildren}, my carpets take a beating. Spills happen much too frequently. Dirty feet track in grass, mud, and more… Such is the life of a carpet in home with children.

  For the ultimate Spot Treatment, purchase a can of Spot Shot. By far the best product for removing stains on carpets that I have used, I was amazed when grape juice was spilled and right before my eyes the stain disappeared! Otherwise, use your favorite cleanser or follow these simple tips:

  If a spill happens, use a fresh clean cloth to blot up the excess liquid. For a fresh stain, using club soda may work well. Allow it to bubble and sit for a few minutes before blotting the spot. Do not rub or scrub the stain. For stains that are set in, use a product like Simple Green, Oxi-Clean, or again the Spot Shot.

     To remove odors from your carpets, liberally sprinkle the entire area with baking soda. Allow to sit for 30 minutes or over night if the smell is particularly bad. Follow up with a good vacuuming.

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Creating a Soothing, Steady Rhythm

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I am sharing excerpts from my e-workbook, Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home available in the P31 Bookstore.

Creating a Soothing, Steady Rhythm

As you begin to work through your list and make progress on the different areas of your home, you will need to create a rhythm to your day. You will need to find a routine that works for you and your family.

Your routine should carry you through each day. If you are gone all day, pick up where you left off when you get home.  Your routine will help you reach your personal goals for your family and household.

Over time, you may find you need to adjust your routines as the dynamics of your household change. That is okay! Life is always changing. We need to be flexible enough to “go with the flow” and take time every few months to evaluate how things are going.  Some things, however, will pretty much stay the same as the years pass by.

How Long Does it Take?

By starting a load of laundry first thing in the morning, I can do two loads in the morning. This enables me to stay on top of the laundry. Folding takes about 5 minutes for a full load if you do it immediately and about 5 minutes to put away. If you have a smaller family, you might only need to do one load a day (or less).

One of my goals for this year was to cook a hot breakfast each morning for my family. I can cook most breakfasts in 30 minutes or less (including meals with homemade biscuits or muffins). Our morning worship generally lasts about 10 minutes with songs, a devotion, and prayer.

Tidying up the kitchen is a snap if I started with a clean kitchen. I wash mixing bowls while the food cooks. Cleaning the kitchen after an average meal should take no more than 30 minutes. Making the bed takes about 5 minutes. Wiping down the bathroom should take about 5 minutes. And of course the 15 minute clean-up takes 15 minutes! I like to set the timer so the kids know that it is a quick clean-up and pain free.

     If you stay at home all day, it is important to structure your children enough that you do not allow them to destroy the house and all of your hard work. Training is imperative! Do your best to eat at around the same time each day. This in and of itself lends a comforting routine to your day. Do not allow your children to get out a toy without putting away the one they were just playing with. Teach them how to be neat. Explain to them why this practice is helpful. Teach them to be wise while they are still young!

    Plan ahead for your meals. If you are gone all day, try using your crock-pot. Plan your menus each week and post them on the refrigerator door for everyone to see. Don’t stress out at meal time.

I personally like to plan all three meals, seven days plus what I will be baking each week. I spend most of my time at home. Homeschooling five kids means feeding them at home three times a day. I want the food I prepare to be nourishing as well as pleasing to the palette.

Evenings at home should be peaceful and happy. I know – it is easier said than done. If you are struggling with chaotic evenings, I want you to figure out why? What is it that is causing the chaos?

  • What can you do to change this situation?
  • What would you like to see happen in the evenings at home?

Evenings will be less chaotic if you have a routine to your day, a set time for chores and a set time for play. By putting your family and home first – that means before everything else – you will find the right balance between work, play, and outside activities.

Seek out God each and every day and ask Him to guide your activities and help you to plan your day.

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