Finding Purpose in the Routines

I am not a routine person.  I hate having a schedule.  There is something I don’t like about a piece of paper telling me what to do.  Even if it’s a piece of paper I write out myself.  I think it may have something to do with authority… or self-discipline.  I’ve never been good at self-discipline.

So routine chores around the house bug me to death.  Putting away the dishes and laundry.  Only to get them out again and dirty them up.  Cleaning the same things everysingle…. week.  Day in and day out.  Pretty much a great deal of things that have to do with maintaining a house I cannot stand doing.

I have tried to use different checklists and chore sheets and plans and routines and schedules to make it easier for me.  But nothing seemed to workUntil I realized that really it all had to do with me.  And how I was looking at those mundane, routine tasks.

I realized that I didn’t see the purpose in doing them.  That’s why if I didn’t feel like doing the dishes that night, I just wouldn’t do them.  Who cares if they were waiting for me all crusty the next day?  If I didn’t want to do it, I wasn’t doing it.  No harm done.

But it was harm done.  It bugged me to death to wake up to a sink full of dirty dishes.  And it bugged my husband to have to search through piles of wrinkled clean clothes on the floor in the closet.  I wasn’t able to focus on the things that really mattered because I was neglecting the little mundane, routine things.

That’s when I realized there was purpose in doing those mundane, routine chores around the house.  By doing the dishes the night before, I was able to wake up and enjoy breakfast with my children.  By putting away the laundry, my husband wasn’t frustrated in the mornings getting ready for work.  Those mundane, routine chores really did make a difference in our home and family.

So ask yourself “Why?next time you go to clean the bathtub for the zillionth time.  I’m sure your answer will help you be more motivated in doing it and getting it done.  Finding purpose and meaning in those things we hate to do day in and day out really will change our outlook and more than likely, help us to actually do those mundane, routine chores!

What chore do you dread doing around the house?

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