Learn to love your home in this 30 day series. Cleaning and caring for your home can be an act in thankfulness with these thankful thoughts.
Welcome back to day 10 of our HOME SWEET HOME – 30 Days to Love Your Home series!
As a mom, it can be very difficult to go through our days picking up after everyone else and taking care of our home, without grumbling and complaining at some point. But, as we’ve already talked about in this series, grumbling and complaining will not get us to a happy place in our lives. It will most certainly not allow us to love our homes any more.
So while we strive to be good stewards of our homes, taking care of them even when it seems that no one else is, here are some thankful thoughts for you and I to ponder.
5 Thankful Thoughts to Think While Doing Thankless Jobs
As you’re washing the dishes be thankful for hot, running water. Be thankful for a dishwasher (if you have one) that does some of the hard work for you. Appreciate that you have a sink that you can just fill up with sudsy water to scrub your dishes in. Give thanks that you don’t have to haul the water up from a well, or heat it on the wood stove. Be thankful that you have dishes and don’t have to eat off the table or use your hands. (You could always add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to your dish water or buy a lovely scented dish soap to make the experience a bit more lovely.)
First of all, you have floors and four walls. Not dirt floors in a tent or a hut. But real floors. Who cares if they’re not your dream floors. Vacuum them, sweep them, mop them with love and thankfulness that you get to walk on them, sit on them and play with your kids on them. Also appreciate the vacuum, mop, broom and dustpan. You don’t have to get down on your hands and knees with a rag and bucket. I mean, you can if you want to. But it’s no longer necessary.
3. Bathrooms and Toilets
Okay. Bathrooms and toilets are admittedly my least favorite thing to clean. I also happen to be the only one that cleans ours. Why? Who knows! Somehow it’s not a chore that Dean ever took over. Or even tried. But when I remember to not complain, I realize I’m super thankful. We have bathrooms. More than one. I don’t have to go outside in the dead of winter and squat in a stinky outhouse. I also don’t have to go out to an outhouse in the heat of summer and have the stink be even worse. So I am thankful for indoor plumbing, enough bathrooms to suit our family and again running water.
Dusting is right up there with bathrooms. Not because it’s as gross, but because it’s never ending. Seriously dust accumulates so fast. Thus the term dust bunnies (bunnies multiply rapidly). But dust reminds me that we’re still living, that we have central air and heating ducts (that spread the dust around), and that we have surfaces that we adore (TVs, cabinets, fireplaces, etc.).
5. Making the Bed
Oh my gosh. Making the bed. Now there’s an exercise in futility. But I have a bed. My kids have beds. We do not sleep on the floor. We have cozy blankets, ample pillows and soft mattresses. I am so grateful for our beds.
Once again, we’re back to practicing an attitude of gratitude. Or otherwise known as “giving thanks in all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). But here’s where you can attach very specific thanks for you home (and those that live in it) to a specific chore.
So next time you’re washing the dishes, cleaning the floors, bathroom and toilets, dusting or making the beds, remember to think thankful thoughts. And I’m 100% certain, it will begin to change your attitude and you will love your home just a little bit more with each chore.