But, wait, you say. Wasn’t last month’s focus laundry? Yep. And I didn’t make much progress. Some, but I am not at all close to a routine. I have done a better job of thinking about it *almost* everyday. (I often like to ignore the fact that there are hampers full of dirty, smelly, sticky, stained pieces of clothing tucked away throughout the house. Out of sight, out of mind.)
I have ALWAYS been behind in laundry, even before we had kids. And, even if I do keep up with running the washer and dryer, the clothes rarely get folded and put away. Especially in our room. There is usually a basket (or two) of CLEAN clothes sitting on the floor.More and more I am realizing that this just might need to be a DAILY CHORE for me (especially when my five year old son likes to go through THREE outfits a day, and my three year old daughter has been reverting to accidents, and my almost ten month old eats all the time and GETS MORE FOOD ON HIS SHIRT THEN IN HIS MOUTH.)
It hit me this morning that I have not seen this task as MINE. Deep down, I have seen it as a shared and temporary responsibility- even with the kids. Something that I have to endure doing, until Chris has more available time to help with this area, and/or the kids get big enough to take over their own laundry. As a result I get extremely frustrated when the kids won’t help me put away their clothes. I do need to continue to train them in this task. But if they choose not to help (they are only 5 and 3!), or if they do a poor job, it is still my job.
I want to WANT to do laundry with excellence. Not just something I endure. Something that I get to do, to bless my family.
With this is mind, here are my goals for the month:
Seek Solutions. This week I will search for some helpful methods, and get suggestions from others who seem to have this task some-what under control.
Pray for Heart Change. By the end of the month I will have searched Scripture for verses that I can memorize, and be praying through. I will post these verses up where I can be reminded of my role at home. I will trust the Lord daily to give me a servants heart, so that I can count others as more significant than myself. I will repent of my sin of selfishness on the days that I don’t.
Establish a Routine. By the end of the month, I will have a time and a place in my day for each stage of laundry: gathering, sorting, washing, drying, folding, and putting all these lovely pieces of clothes in their homes.
So there they are.
And I am going to start RIGHT AWAY with goal number 1. I need some laundry tips! What works for you? How do you keep laundry under control? What blogs should I go to for help in establishing a routine?