Cleaning house

So I must admit…My husband was right. That does not mean I was wrong, but this time, he was right.  I am a firm believer that God has given everyone talents. Most people call these talents their strengths. People also have weaknesses or areas that they do not excel in. One of my strengths is schedules. I love making schedules. At work, we create daily schedules. I love doing them, we have to do them each semester, and usually at least two per semester. My co-workers will let me do their schedules too. Yes, they are very grateful that I enjoy it, because they hate it.

Now, one of my main weaknesses involves cleaning. I am not good at it. I know as a mom, wife, woman… I am supposed to be a natural homemaker and cleaner. That is not me. Do not mis-understand, my house is never nasty. It is just well-lived in. You know messy. There are things out of place. There are some things that do not even have a “place”. And I hate scrubbing bathrooms! I’ll wipe down, but that’s about it.

So, what does my husband being right have to do with cleaning house? I’m glad you asked. He had a great idea to hire someone to come clean the house every two weeks. WOW! At first I said, “no”. I am a woman, and cleaning the house is my job. Except, I have a full-time job outside of the home, that also includes a hour commute each way, plus my kids once I am home. I would much rather have family time than clean. After much consideration, I decided he was right. He found and hired a cleaning service. I use the term service lightly. It is a small business, which I love supporting. So far I have been beyond impressed. Funny thing, when my house is clean, my stress level is lower.

Although this was a simple example, it showed me two things. First, if everyone would work in their strengths, life would be more enjoyable. Yes, there are times when we have to do things we do not enjoy. However, working in one’s strengths is ideal and makes the work less tedious. Second, it is okay to ask for help. Since I work a full-time job outside of the home, some traditional roles may not be accomplished. While I am at work, it is okay to allow someone to come clean my house. There should be no shame in that. SO this time…My husband was right.

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