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  1. Carrie
    July 29, 2014

    I like your suggestions! On Fb yesterday I answered cleaning my boy’s toilet, but it’s not actually their toilet, its the floor around their toilet. Ew! One of the only things worse than a puddle of pee is a dried out smelly puddle of pee.
    Anyway- I’m going to go do the cleaning projects I hate. Right now. Thanks for the motivation!

    • Brooke
      July 29, 2014

      I was told if you make the boys clean around the toilet their aim improves. ;)
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    • Dana
      July 30, 2014

      I don’t have any little boys (yet), but I have 6 younger brothers. Growing up we had electric floorboard heating, and the unit in our bathroom was right next to the toilet… The smell of heated pee is definitely something I will never miss. Love my brothers though! :)

  2. Steph
    July 29, 2014

    I love the picture you chose – and also the steps to lessening the pain. Very cool!
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  3. Heather
    July 29, 2014

    I love doing Grilled Cheese or Grilled Ham and Cheese for breakfast. You could pretty much make any panini a breakfast sandwich! My mom used to keep clorox wipes under the bathroom sink, and she would just wipe down the toilet every day and swish some cleaner around once a week or so. I have also seen on another blog a very ‘loose’ way of putting a way laundry… you don’t! Each member of the family has a basket, and their clothes get sorted into the basket and the basket goes into their room. If older kids want to fold and put away their laundry they may… but this saves me tons of time with toddler and baby clothes! As far as dishes… if I can give my hubby an empty dishwasher he doesn’t mind filling it up. That just leaves me with the bigger items or hand-wash items, and it makes my mountain feel SO much smaller. Often times he will do that while I put the kids to bed, so when I come out I only have a few minutes of dishes and cleanup left and then we can relax! I try to run the dishwasher every night so I wake up to clean dishes. I’ll put them away slowly as I make the kids breakfast, drink my coffee, feed the dog, etc. We have mostly wood floors, so vacuuming is satisfying to me (it always has been really). Especially with the amount of dog hair and dirt that come up… it makes me feel clean!

    • Sheila
      July 29, 2014

      Thanks for those great tips! My daughter likes grilled cheese for breakfast, but I’ve never been a cheese person. But I do love chicken pesto paninis, so maybe I should try making those for breakfast and having a salad for lunch!

      • tereza crump aka mytreasuredcreations
        August 2, 2014

        Just eat some leftover meat from the night before: grilled chicken breast, piece of steak, ham, sausage with some leftover veggies or fermented ones. You don’t like eggs or cheese, your next choice of protein should be meat. Or you could have a bowl of lentils, or rice and beans. Just grab some leftover supper. :) Or you could do a smoothie with whey protein (I prefer the non-processed foods).
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  4. Tessa W
    July 29, 2014

    Number10 probably wouldn’t have occured to me but it is so true. I started using You Version on my phone almost 5 years ago with the goal to read the Bible in a year. I have read it about 3.5 times now (halfway through this year’s plan). It has made such a difference to have that little notification come up. The first year was a flop, the second year I spent the last 3 months catching up on like 9 months of reading but, for the last year and a half, it has become a habit. My trick: I dknt read blogs or FB or emails or do pretty much anything until I have finished my daily reading. Some mornings dont start until 10am (I get lots of interruptions if the boys are needy) but I start my days with so much more peace. I have been trying to work a daily focused prayer time into my routine too. I have prayer prompters on index cards (I made an index card foreach sibling for their family and bullet point prayers) and out them in my planner and am working it into my daily routine. Still trying to find a good anchor point in my day for this but, even if it takes a couple years to make it a habit, my family will get more specific and focused prayer than they have in the past.
    And cooking: I’m just gkad my husband enjoys it. And my 6 year old wants to be just like his daddy so he is learning quickly too. He can make scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, rice and steamed veggies. I pawn the cooking off on them as much as they let me ;)
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  5. Julie
    July 29, 2014

    Lol! I have the same top 10 but could easily fit a few in between. Seems like right now EVERYthing I do fits in that category. I do nothing for me; with 5 kids, a husband with a much higher sex drive than mine, aging parents and in-laws, I do all for others. Even eating! I cook what they want and then have to eat it because I’m too tired to eat how I want to. I don’t have any idea how to do what I would like because I really have no identity of my own.

  6. Christine Ondrea
    July 29, 2014

    I love this because may of these I struggle with too! Especially the battling prayers. We have two boys on the verge of puberty and they are giving me a run for my money with sass and poor attitudes, bickering…etc…..I know this is where I need to intercede the most but I find myself paralyzed almost. As far as breakfast…SOUP! I love soup for breakfast :)

  7. Annissa
    July 29, 2014

    I keep cheese sticks and boiled eggs in the fridge as a grab and go, protein filled breakfast. I have seen people who prepare all of the ingredients needed to make a smoothie into individual ziploc bags and then just add the liquid in the morning. I keep toilet cleaner, wipes, and a brush behind each toilet in my house. I have also delegated that job to my daughter as part of her weekly commissions. I have also found that if I do my laundry more frequently instead of letting it pile up into larger loads, it doesn’t feel quite like a chore (or I ask my husband to fold) Great post!

  8. Heldinhisgrip
    July 29, 2014

    My mom taught us to listen to the radio or watch a movie while folding laundry. (There were six of us kids, so laundry was never ending!) It makes it much more enjoyable!

    Also having the YouVersion app on my phone has helped my devotional time. At this stage of my life (I’m a stay-at-home with a toddler and an infant.), I don’t have the time or opportunity to get out my Bible and notebook and have uninterrupted study time. But I can pull up the next chapter in my reading plan and have some quiet time while nursing the baby!

  9. Ali
    July 29, 2014

    See, now I feel weird because I actually like cleaning the toilet. It’s just about everything else on the list that I’m not fond of.

  10. Ngina Otiende
    July 29, 2014

    My gyna recently told me about # 6 but didn’t mention it’s a new guideline, so I was slightly skeptical as I thought it’s just her personal preference. Good to know, yay!
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  11. Catherine
    July 29, 2014

    Use one of the mundane tasks as a prompt to pray.

    • Sheila
      July 29, 2014

      Great idea!

  12. Tricia
    July 29, 2014

    This is a great list. Fortunately, I have reduced the pain of several of them for years! #1 – is the 12 year olds job – she even gave me a gift certificate for one full bathroom cleaning a month for Christmas!

    #3 – I haven’t done dishes (with regularity) since I got married over 27 years ago. My husband does the dishes! Sure, I have to do some occasionally, and the kids now and then load/empty the dishwasher, but it has been his job.

    #4 – that is why God made cereal! AND those frozen breakfast hot pockets or sandwiches and a microwave. From the time they were old enough to pour milk, my children (4 of them) have been responsible for their own breakfast. I think the 15 year old just eats granola bars now.

    #6 – putting it off right now… it is on the list to do but… so many other things are more fun to do…

    #7 – I used to exercise regularly until child #4 came along and then well… yeah… I know I should and we even own a treadmill and an exercise bike and street bikes and all that good stuff… I know those extra 40 pounds won’t just leave of their own accord, but I sure wish they would.

    #8 – Just like the dishes, I haven’t folded nor put away adult laundry since I got married. I wash it, dry it and bring it upstairs, my husband folds it and puts it away – just the adult portion. I had to deal with the small child clothes but now the kids are all old enough to deal with it themselves. I even no longer care how they fold their shirts, just get it out of the living room and into dresser drawers is good enough for me.

    #9 – I have been fortunate not to have to work outside of the home but for some part-time jobs for the last 21 years. Gives me more time to do the mom stuff and volunteer.

    #10 – agreed! Very hard to do. I am living through a rough time in our lives right now, so my faith has taken some pretty hard hits, which makes it even harder. I am struggling with that but am trying little by little.

    Thanks for your fun, informative, and encouraging posts!!

  13. Sarah De Mey
    July 29, 2014

    I’ve been working on some of these very things. I have a morning routine that takes just about 15 minutes and I am loving the results. I get up and get dressed, make my bed, put all dirty clothes down laundry chute, quickly wipe down the bathroom counter and toilet with a disinfecting wipe and swish the toilet with the brush. (10 minutes) I get to the kitchen and unload the dishwasher which I started when I went to bed last night. (5 minutes) As the family dirties dishes during the day, they put them in the dishwasher. This keeps my kitchen looking great. My bedroom (aka peaceful haven) is inviting. And my kitchen and bathrooms are guest ready—not perfect, but clean enough to not embarrass me.

  14. Ellie Swearingen
    July 29, 2014

    Agree with all of these! Thanks for the suggestions! There are some great suggestions in the comments too. I like the one about not folding laundry but everyone having their own basket that goes into their room. Sometimes it will sit on the couch for a week waiting to get folded. I am not comfortable leaving cleaner within reach or in plain sight with a toddler and baby. Can’t wait for them to be old enough to help with chores ;) The toddler helps clean up his own messes, but But this might work once they are older. I like doing meal replacement shakes or smoothies for breakfast. I work full time, but there is a good portion of time at work that I can use for personal devotion and prayer. I have been working through the books Power of a Praying Wife and Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. She has very specific topics to target your prayers. She includes a sample prayer and relevant scripture. I went through it once and now am starting back over. Eventually I won’t need the book for guidance, but I love the intentionality. I have started keeping a prayer journal that is helping me keep record of my prayers and answered prayer. This has been such a blessing already! Our biggest problem sometimes is forgetting to document when God comes through for us, and then we forget. When we forget what he has done in our past, we doubt that he is faithful to come through for us in the future.

  15. Chuck
    July 29, 2014

    Any men reading this post? All of the above are considered foreplay if you do them for her and it gets her to bed much sooner. And don’t forget to put the kido’s to bed while she soaks in the tub too!

  16. Tanya Geertsema
    July 29, 2014

    I think cleaning the stove top is one of my worst jobs. BUT, I just did it tonight, with a new scrubber I bought and it was so much easier….and will be even more easier next time not that I have all the long baked on grime off! Which reminded me of this post and of something I’ve been trying to teach myself: BUY THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB! My mom bought me a quality knife years ago (and I get it sharpened regularly) – makes cooking so much easier. I bought a steamer for our hardwood floors – quick and easy, no wringing, no streaks. Norwex cloths for the windows and dusting – wipe, wipe, done! I have yet to find the perfect cloth to clean the dust, hair, grime of the outside of the toilet, but I hand my daughter a bucket of lysol wipes and send her on her way ;-) (oh, and teach your little boys to pee sitting down…saves the puddle!)

  17. Melanie
    July 30, 2014

    Sheila, let me start out by saying I have always found a lot of great information in you articles and Im sure this one would be great too but unlike some of the other ladies who liked the picture you chose I have to disagree. In fact, it truly caught me off guard even to the point that I didnt read the article but felt a need to reply.

    I know the picture of the young lady is to be a lighthearted way of showing disgust and disdain for things we hate to do. What I saw in that picture was a dear sweet lady in my life who had taken her own life by hanging herself in her garage leaving behind her two young boys. Suicide is no laughing matter in fact I believe it is a trick straight from hell and I really dont find anything humorous about it in any fashion. I know there will be those who feel that this is America and we each have a right to speak our mind and show our feelings I just hope that next time there is a little more compassion shown because I am sure I am not the only person who has lost someone in this way. I will go back and read the article and since you are a great writer Im sure it will be wonderful. Thanks.

    • Sheila
      August 3, 2014

      Melanie, Just saw this comment. Sorry! I just never thought of the picture like that (I really thought she was more just pulling her hair), but you’ve made an excellent point, and I’ve changed the photo.

      Sorry for any pain I caused,

  18. Libby
    August 9, 2014

    #7 — Try a fun group exercise like Zumba! I have so much trouble motivating myself to exercise, except when it’s Zumba night. I go with a bunch of friends and it’s SO much fun! Try a couple places to find one you like. I have an instructor who does a lot of classic salsa and rumba moves, so it’s classy rather than just butt-shaking and shimmying. But don’t be afraid of the butt-shaking/shimmying, either — Zumba classes are usually only attended by women and everyone else in the class is too focused on watching themselves and the instructor to notice if you look like a fish trying to get back to water. And bonus — now that I’ve actually learned how to shake my hips, my husband has noticed that it makes a difference in how well I “bedroom dance” ;)

  19. FolaFayo
    August 30, 2014

    Nice to know having the table top cleared and clean is a motivation. I just felt it also helps the first person in in the morning have a good impression ;)

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