Well, it is the middle of May and this series is coming along with today’s topic being cleaning. I cleaned today for two hours and even though I am tired feel so nice and relaxed in my nice and clean home! Did some yoga and pet the doggie and now I write when the house is nice and quiet with my candle burning to give me inspiration. I am calm tonight. This is my routine lately, which I enjoy.
I know I have been writing a lot in this May series about my coping techniques to get me thought this quarantine but it is not always easy. I have my days still; although they are getting farther apart happy to say. And I have found that by writing about them I think more about what they mean to me and have been doing them more so that I practice what I preach.
I use rewards a lot to get me to the next task and it is working so going to keep it up. A nice cup of coffee or some relaxing tea. Just some ice water can be a reward. A nap. Time to relax in the garden. Relaxing music or heavy metal which I have on now- Enter Sandman by Metallica ha ha I still like to rock to some of the finest music ever made. Off to never never land, boom! The idea is to withhold the treasured reward until you are done with the task at hand and take breaks if needed. Or just push through like my adult daughter does. She is sick this week so the cleaning fell on me, which I don’t mind.
I don’t per say enjoy cleaning, but love the results so that is a motivator. I always have my music on with my earbuds and the music guides my rhythm of working.
Today I took my time with each task and deep cleaned several areas which had gone untouched for a while. I won’t bore you with details but the area behind the stove is cleaner than ever now!
When I am dusting I meditate on many things. What a mundane but needed task! I think about how my chores are a sacrifice for God and hope that by my good work will realize heaven one day. Of course I believe in His grace and mercy but I also know that I must do my part while on earth.
Of course challenges will arise, but they are like solving puzzles and can be interesting and fun. One thing I have been doing really well with staying at home and cooking more is not wasting much food and getting creative with what I have on hand to fix up my garden and home.
I still go to the store but just a small one where they wear masks and I of course wear one too. I also use Amazon quite a bit…
Back to cleaning, if you do nothing start with setting your timer for ten minutes and find something small to clean, a drawer, a small area, doesn’t matter but surely you can at least organize something. It will feel satisfying probably and if you are in the mood you can keep going with it or do something else.
If you regularly clean then do extra. Deep cleaning needs to be done from time to time and you will burn calories and get a good work out.
Well that is my blog for the day. Seems kind of boring but besides being necessary, especially now, it is something anyone can do and it will take your mind off your problems for ten minutes if you focus on the task and like I said I use music if that suits you.