You may be wondering about the title of my post. How many of you struggle with keeping up with everything that needs to be done around the house? I know I do. I have 3 wonderful boys, but they can turn a clean room into what looks like an F5 tornado ripped through it. It is absolutely amazing how quickly it happens. Then the moment I ask them to clean up their mess, they disappear! It's like magic! Who knew boys (and girls) could vanish so quickly. ;)
I struggle day to day with keeping up with 4 children (ages ranging from 10yrs to 1month) and the day to day chores. I am a perfectionist at heart, but my house doesn't show it. In fact, it often times looks more like a war zone than something out of Martha Stewart Living. But as the magnet my sister and I got my mom says, "Martha Stewart doesn't live here."
I was given the opportunity to choose which bundle from Eternal Encouragement I would like to review. Because I often lament about my out of control house, I chose the Chores bundle. Chores: Many Hands Make Light Work has 2 E-Books, an E-Booklet, and 4 mp3 audios.
In reading Neat & Tidy, I came across the section called first-born overload. This section alone was of great value to me. My oldest son, Jonathan, often complains about how he is "always" cleaning up after his brothers. We have tried to explain it as good as we can but really never get through to him. Lorrie's story of how she explained to her oldest son that God intentionally puts people in the role of the first-born was a blessing to me. I am hoping that when my husband, Darren, and I share this with him as well as go through the Bible with him with scripture to back it up, this will help him realize how important he is to our family and that he is put in this position by God.
I am so glad that in the E-Book "Turn Housework into Fun & Games" Lorrie reminds us that consistency is key to teaching our children. Whether it is homeschooling or chores, we need to be consistent. I don't need to tell you how hard it is to be consistent. I do know that being consistent when training your children works and is worth all the blood (figuratively), sweat, and tears. She also reminds us that deadlines and consequences are necessary when training our children. There is a creative idea for creating excitement to do chores that is also rewarding for the child but also used in helping our children understand deadlines and consequences for not completing chores. The Marble Method (actually mentioned in Neat & Tidy) is something that I am going to implement in our household. With 3 boys (10, 5, 2) I know this will work wonders in our house. I am EXCITED to be able to see the results. :)
Lorrie then gives some great advice for cleaning with less toxins. This section was great to read. I have actually been doing many of these things already and the things I didn't know I am planning on trying.
The 4 MP3's are great to listen to. I uploaded them to my iPod and listened to them while walking, nursing the baby, doing laundry and other tasks. I got so much encouragement and tips. So many tips in fact that I can't even begin to list them all. But I will say that they have helped me to start saving time, get organized and feel less stressed. It may right now be only 5 minutes, but that 5 minutes can be spent with my kids. :)
So now for some info about the Chores Bundle. It includes the following:
- God Blesses This House, But He Doesn't Clean It
- God Blesses This House, But He Doesn't Organize It
- 12 Super Simple Time-Saving Tips
- Cheerful Children and Challenging Chores
- Neat and Tidy Tried and True Organization Tips
- Turn Housework Into Fun and Games!
- Keep It Clean and Toxin-Free
It retails for $24.97 but the value is worth much more than that!
Head over to Eternal Encouragment for this and many other books, mp3's, bundles to encourage you on your walk of being a mom, wife, woman, teacher and daughter of God.
** I was given this product in exchange for my honest review of the product and was not compensated in any other way.