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5 Thankful Thoughts to Think While Doing Thankless Chores

Cleaning and caring for your home can be an act in thankfulness with these thankful thoughts. Practice an attitude of gratitude.


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

5 THANKFUL THOUGHTS TO THINK WHILE DOING THANKLESS JOBS

1. Dishes

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.)

2. Vacuuming/Mopping/Sweeping

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.

4. Dusting

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.

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Comments

  1. Maggie says

    Thanks for this. Even in a very small home you still have these “chores”. I am going to try to give thanks. I never thought of stewardship of my home. wonderful! I do have a question, I haven’t used essential oils and would like to try and in the dishwater sounds perfect. Do you have any idea which one I should get?

  2. Star Mom says

    When I’m cleaning dribbles off the toilet seats AGAIN, I thank the Lord that I have little boys in my house and I didn’t have to struggle with infertility. It used to be one of my biggest frustrations until I read somewhere that a woman wished she had dirty toilet seats to clean because it would mean she had a little boy after waiting for many years to have a child. Real perspective changer for me.

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