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Household hints:

  • Commit your day's tasks to the L-rd, first thing.  He'll direct your steps and you'll get the job done quicker.
  • Treat stains immediately when you're at home.  Keep a stain remover stick handy.
  • Pickup things as you walk through a room, it alleviates pressure when the big jobs need done.
  • Keep your toilet clean everyday so stubborn stains don't develop.
  • Clean a room a week so you never get overwhelmed with work.
  • VIP  Reward yourself when you get nasty jobs done.  
    • Don't use food as a reward, do something you haven't been able to do on busy days.  
    • Read a chapter of a favorite book.  
    • Play your favorite instrument and sing.  
    • Work on a fun and quick crochet project.   
    • Go online for fun ONLY!  
    • Write down the things or people who have been a blessing.  
    • Write a letter to someone you haven't seen in a long time.
  • Dust after you vacuum, the vacuum cleaner has a tendency to stir up dust.
  • Wipe down the bathroom counter every morning after use.  
  • Always put things in the hamper when you're through with them and teach your family to do so too.
  • Make a menu before you go shopping.  Use items you have on hand first and then figure out what you will need for the week's menu. 
  • Clean out your refrigerator before you shop.  
  • Teach your children to be good stewards of their possessions.  If they are, they will help you keep the house clean.
  • Keep hampers available for dirty clothes.  Teach your children to use their hampers.
  • Avoid eating in front of the TV.  Eating should be a family time when you get together, thank God and enjoy each other's company.  This helps keep messes to a minimum. No food in bedrooms either! 
  • Clean up directly after a meal.  Food left on plates is harder to clean after it's dry.  
  • Sort laundry: white or pastels, colors, dark colors.  Whites should be washed in warm or hot water with a cold rinse.  Colors in cold/cold. And last but not least dark colors in cold/cold. 
    • Use 10-12 minute cycles for regular loads and only use the 15 minute cycle for really dirty clothing.  This will save water and electricity. 
    • Pour liquid soaps into water before you load laundry for better cleaning. 
    • Pour powders in water as well.  This will prevent blotchy soap spots from forming. 
    • Powder works better in warm water. 
  • Immediately hang up clothing that easily wrinkles or will need to be ironed when drying cycle is done.  This helps you to do less or no ironing.
  • Make your bed as soon as you get up.  Develop this habit and you'll have one less task to bog you down during the day.  
  • Iron to preaching or music tapes.  You can fill up your spirit-man while you're getting a tough job done.
  • Have a bucket or old rug for dirty shoes.  Leave it close to the door used most and encourage its use.  
  • Avoid carpet fragrancing powders.  These are hard to pick up with some models of vacuum cleaners and even break off fibers of carpeting when mixed with everyday dirt.  Regular vacuuming and good housecleaning habits will keep your house smelling good.
  • Warning  Gel candles are reported to explode when super heated.  Avoid using them.  They may look pretty, but house fires and 2nd and 3rd degree burns are serious matters.
 

 

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