“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Are you ready to add another challenge in? How are the other 3 working for you? Let me know, do they make keeping your home a little easier?
This challenge does not make more work for you, it lightens your load a little bit and also gives you a neater house, do your kids already do chores? Do they pick up after themselves? Well, challenge number 4 will help you out with clutter from the kids every day!
CHALLENGE #4: Get the kids to clean up after themselves!! Every day, get the kids to pick up their things, when they finish their meal, get them to put their dishes into the sink for you, when they are done with arts and crafts have them put all those things away, but most importantly get them to clean up their toys every single night before bed!
Not only will this help them out by giving them a job to do daily and teach them responsibility but it will also get rid of some of the clutter for you and it will be a lot easier than waiting and having them clean up at the end of the week when their rooms have become a disaster. Give them a small basket and have them go throughout the house and pick up their toys, then have them go to their rooms and put them in the appropriate place, also if they have any toys on their floors, have them pick them up and put them away where they belong. This works best right before bedtime when they are done playing for the day. It will be a lot less stress on you and them and you. So, get your kids working on this challenge it may take a little work to get them into the routine but once they are used to it you won’t even have to ask them to do it they will start it on their own.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Are you loving the challenges so far? How is it going with the first two? Is it making life a little bit easier on you?
On to the next challenge, if your house is like ours, the kitchen counter is like a magnet, for some reason everything ends up there……. EVERYTHING and before you know it all this stuff just appears on what was your once spotless counter top and you don’t know how it happened.
Well, I hope I’m not alone in this but this is one of the things that bugs me the most because to me if my counter is cluttered then the whole house feels messy to me I don’t know why but it just does.
Challenge #3: CLEAR AND WIPE YOUR COUNTERS I want you to clear and wipe down your counters every single night, empty everything off of them. I suggest taking a small basket and putting everything into it and take it all to the appropriate room right away. It will only take a couple of minutes and you will have nice open, clean counter tops. As far as wiping it down, just take a sanitizing cloth and wipe it down, don’t get into the big cleaning of the counters, this is just to make them look better, save the cleaning for during the day and once again when you wake up in the morning to see that you have nice clean counters you will be so glad you did it. If you have been keeping up with the other challenges then you will also have a nice clean sink and feel ready to start your day as well with a big part of your cleaning already done for you!
Are your counters the same as mine? Do you have an issue with them being the main point where things get put down? Or, do you have another problem area?
If you do have another problem area and your counters usually stay clean instead of doing the counters pick your biggest trouble spot and clear it.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8