Do you dread the mundane and monotonous? Of course you do! We all do! Every day, I do laundry, load and unload the dishwasher, pick up clutter, vacuum and wash the counter off 10 times or more. The list goes on and on of things I don't really like to do.
Today as I was unloading the dishwasher, I said in my mind, "Thank you God for my beautiful dishes." and "I am so blessed to have a dishwasher." and "I am so blessed to have beautiful dishes." It made me smile and appreciate the honor of taking care of my home. It is not a curse to have to maintain my home, it is a blessing. I can make a beautiful habitat for the ones I love. I can create order and calm in the midst of a chaotic world.
I'm so thankful for moments at home to relax and unwind. I can really only relax if my home is clean so I have to remind myself that in order to enjoy life, I must stay on top of my housekeeping. If I take one hour a day to do all the things that need to be done, the rest of the day goes smoother in an organized environment. If I take one week to organize all the things that need organizing (closets, bookshelves, etc.), the rest of the year goes smoother because everything has a place.
In this I find joy. I find joy in the monotonous because the result is a happier home. I am telling myself every day - you are blessed to have this life, to have this house to clean, to have this child to hold, to have this husband to kiss, to have these friends to laugh with - you have a happy life.