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My One Hour Power

No…not a power nap!  (I wish)

This is about the dreaded housework.  Actually, for me, it’s not dreaded.  I LOVE a clean smelling house, I love for my family to say “Mommy my clothes smell so good”, I love it when the house is not a wreck for unexpected guest, and I love having dinner ready when everyone gets home.  I just HATE what it takes to do all that!

Something that I learned from my mother is to every morning, set a block of time to run through & clean particular things in a efficient order. Like starting downstairs, in case something comes up, or someone stops by…you definitely want the downstairs to be clean.  Now I believe she only takes about 30 to 45 minutes, but you have to understand who my mother is…the real super woman, and that’s someone I just  AM NOT!  Remember the song, “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan”?  That’s her & MORE.  She worked, cooked, home schooled, gardened, hand-sewn our clothes, baked from scratch, kept the house clean, was in the army reserves, etc, etc, etc,.  My mother seemed to be good at everything to me!  I always feel like if I could do as half as much as her I would just ROCK!  Even today, at 60 some odd years, I think she could run circles around me anytime, anywhere! LOL  I do a lot of stuff, but I don’t think I’m as efficient so I just do what I can! \(‘_’)/

My Hour of Power, really is an hour and a half, but then it wouldn’t have a catchy name?! It helps me to feel like, if someone where to stop by, I wouldn’t be embarrassed.  It takes a load off my mind so that I can get some other things done, and then if I have time I can do a little more housework later…but if not, I’d be okay.  You know that check off list on your pad of paper or in your head that you must get done but never seem to get even half way through? >_<    Well, this makes my check off list much lighter because housework is never on it!!!  Okay, so want to know what it is? Are you sure? Well if I tell you, I want to hear about YOUR great ideas and tips that have helped with your housework! DEAL?

Hour of Power steps:

I give myself an hour and a half…and I set an alarm on my cell phone, when time is up….TIME IS UP!

1. (30m) I always start downstairs.  I MUST have coffee every morning, so while that is brewing I take out something for dinner, & wash the dishes (if there are any, I usually do them after dinner).  For those of you ‘lucky son-of-a-guns’ who have a dishwasher…just throw them in there. I ENVY YOU! And you should feel sorry for me because I AM the dishwasher. Then, while fixing my breakfast I wipe off the tables & counters & sweep the floor…and take note if it needs to be mopped.  If it’s not too bad I’ll swifter mop it real quick.  If it is particularly dirty but I don’t have time, I’ll make a mental note to squeeze it in before I go to bed.

2. (10m) Next, while I’m inhaling my food & coffee, in the Family Room….I do a quick dusting, pick up after the kids, straighten pillows & vacuum. This is also a room I try to tidy up before going to bed…or I make the kids so it shouldn’t be too bad.  But I normally always have to vacuum.

3.  (5m)Front Room- No one is ever in there, but I’ll eye ball it to see if the kids left any of their toys, jackets or crap in there & quickly grab them up.  If it hasn’t been dusted or swiftered in a while, I’ll do that too. And I will try to remember to water my 1 lowly plant (that gets no attention & that always has to be revived because I forget to water it).

4. (10m)My room, I make the bed, throw dirty clothes out into the hall, & put shoes away.

5. (10m)Kids rooms, their beds should be made by THEM, but sometimes they forget or are running late, if so I will do it.  Grab any dirty laundry & throw it in the hall.  I make them clean their rooms daily…but if they have been really busy with after school stuff then I CLOSE THEIR DOOR.

6. (5m) I go in the bathroom & spray EVERYTHING down with a heavy duty bathroom cleaner with bleach (it’s really toxic in there) and I open  the window & close the door.

7. (10m) I sort the laundry to be washed & I choose the largest load & throw it in the washing machine.

8. (10m) I go back in the bathroom & wipe everything down that I sprayed & then swifter mop the floor.

That’s it!  I’m done! And I mean I HUSTLE during this hour of power! “Whew it’s a load off my mind just thinking about it!!” lol

Anything else that has to get done will have to be much later.  I have too many other things to do than housework all day. Like I said earlier, I try to run through and tidy during the last hour or half hour before I go to bed.  I may put another load in the wash, get to mopping that kitchen floor or I fold a load while I’m watching tv or something.  Somethings will have to wait until the weekend….some next week! On a day that I ‘may’ not have any laundry to do (rare) I will do something in its place that day that perhaps I have had to put off….like say cleaning out a drawer or cabinet.  But tough stuff like cleaning ovens or refrigerators?  Eh, Eh, never during the week, that’s a Saturday job, or Friday night.  Saturday’s mornings I REALLY get the kids involved. I have a 17-year-old, 8 & 4-year-old at home…..and it’s so funny to me because the little ones they will have their little toys all ready to play something they have plotted out and my son probably has plans to go hang out with friends or something and I’m like “OKAY, TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE!”  Then all you hear is “Awww Mom!!!” “Don’t Awww, Mom Me….you helped mess up now help clean up, you can play later!” LOL  And yes, even the 4-year-old helps…and does a great job!  The little ones dust, wipe down steps, fold socks, clean & vacuum their room, & pick up around the house.  The girls always end up having fun helping Mommy. My son helps wash clothes sometimes, has trash & recycle duty during the week, & washes dishes on the weekends. Every little bit helps!

So that’s my secret……now what’s yours?


Wonderfully Made is Here!

This is my very first blog and website….and I am so elated!  It has been a pain staking struggle to get my website and blog up and running, as I am far from being computer savvy….”but God”.  So “Welcome” to Wonderfullymade.Be!  This is a safe place to just “Be”….who you are! I’m a work in progress, and so is everything I do from my marriage of ten years to my kids, my job(s) & my passions!

Wonderfully Made is so much more to me than just a blog….I believe God has a purpose & a plan and this is just the beginning! WM comes from my understanding that we are ALL Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by our creator!  We were not a mistake, by any means and He has a plan & purpose for us all.  We sell ourselves short when we shrink back in pursing the vision & dreams He gives us! He makes us successful, because when we are weak…He makes us strong! So everything I put my hand to do Will be prosperous, successful & wonderful!  My marriage, my business, my children, my purpose, my family WILL be successful….I pray that you find out the same truth!

So about me, if I could use only ONE word to describe me, it would have to be “Ubiquitous” or “Jane-of-all-trades”! (At least that’s how I feel sometimes!) I am a wife to a WONDERFUL husband (11 years this year) in which he is an ordained Minister…not a Pastor of a church (but I’m told that STILL makes me his 1st lady!) an we run a franchise business (Rita’s Water Ice) from spring through summer, I’m a mother (together we have a blended family from toddlers to adults with kids), soccer mom (my kids are involved in everything from basketball, baseball, track & drums to dancing, singing & play rehearsals) I am a work-from-home mom (I’m a virtual public assistant, ghost writer & an aspiring author),  I’m a bit of a coffee connoisseur, a crocheter & handcraft jewelry maker and if that weren’t enough…I home school my 4 year old for pre-k! I also sell Avon and I’m involved in my church (greeter, & administration).  Now throw in the housework and you can see…I have a FULL plate! I feel I do more in a day then some do in a week (Hence my word choice “ubiquitous”)! But let me be honest, I do NOT have the perfect little life, family, marriage, or kids…my 8 yr old daughters name is Angel, but an Angel she is not (well she might be close…at least to let her tell it)!  Please don’t get it twisted,  I am far from perfect, and I make no excuses! I don’t get it ALL wrong, but I don’t get it all RIGHT either! LOL I have made mistakes in my marriage…with my kids, in my choices, and in my business decisions, etc, but I determine to learn & grow from them rather than let my failures hold me back or stop me. Honestly, what keeps my sanity is my faith (I follow Jesus) but here…I won’t be forcing anything down your throat or passing any judgments and I hope you won’t either! Hopefully as I share my life story with you, maybe something I say, do or experience (success or failures) will help you in some way or another! And  I hope to hear from you about YOUR struggles & victories too! Thanks for stopping by!



P.S. I leave you with this….my favorite passage:

Satisfy us in the morning with you unfailing love,

so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!

Replace the evil years with good.

Let us, your servants, see you work again;

let our children see your glory.

And may the Lord our God show us his approval

and make our efforts successful.

Yes, make our efforts successful!

Psalm 90:14-17