Happy Morning Divas! This weekend marked days 13 and 14 of our 31 days to clean challenge! As you will recall, “31 Days to Clean” is an ebook written by Sarah Mae. It is all about the “why”, vision and the heart for taking care of our homes. Each day, readers are encouraged with light hearted lessons and then ”challenged” to put those ideas to action.
The lessons for days 13 and 14 were all about fatigue and finding the energy to clean. I don’t know about y’all, but just mentioning cleaning makes me feel tired. Especially when there is alot to do.
The traditional advice on getting on fighting fatigue like getting enough rest and not getting overwhelmed, were shared but the following quote really spoke to me:
“Planning for your energy involves thinking about your meals, sleep hours, workout schedule and stress management ahead of time and making time for them.” – Dulce Zamore, WebMD
My feet hit the ground and I am off about my day. IF I am lucky, I have planned my meals but planning sleep and stress management is a marvel concept to me. When I think back to the “6 most important things” that was taught in lesson six, I get a clearer picture.
On the days that I complete my “6 most important things list” I get more things done and tend to stay on track. On the days when I don’t, I find myself down a rabbit hole of distraction. Mind you, my distractions are not all time wasters like TV and Facebook, some of them are “good things” just not the “best things” for me to be doing RIGHT THEN.
One other concept that was discussed on day 14 that I found interesting was: “Allow yourself to do something you get jazzed about”. Often when we can participate in an activity that we are really interested in, we feel more energized! As women, we do so much to take care of everyone else; we need to do something for ourselves!
The cleaning challenges for days 13 and 14 were: Steam clean or wash wood floors in the living room. Change bedding in the bedroom, flip mattress, and wash pillows.
I did get the bedroom linen changed but hubby is out of town so flipping that huge mattress of ours was a NO GO! I steam cleaned the wood floors in the living room and did a couple of loads of laundry. That was it for me in the cleaning department this past weekend. I taught my fitness class and my daughter had a field hockey game on Satruday and Sunday. With all of our coming and going we are in desperate need of a :”put-everything-back-where-it-goes session”.
Ahhhh, Imperfect progress—“slow steps of change wrapped in grace”.
How do you find the energy for housework?