Cleaning Schedule FREE Printable

I posted before about how I had taken on too many commitments and they had disrupted my home life. I stepped away from a lot of things and decided that I needed to find a proper schedule that allowed me to manage my home properly, as well as still be able to do other things. You can read that post here.

A while back I had downloaded a fantastic chore schedule from organizinghomelife.com. I did not use it, but thankfully I found it when I was planning my schedule.

Being a homeschooler, it means that the children are home and therefore have more opportunity to make a mess. We can’t  function properly in a messy house. No schooling can get done when there is a mess. So that was the first thing I needed to get a handle on- how to keep a proper cleaning schedule where I wouldn’t feel exhausted at the end.

I went through my home room by room and listed out all of the things that needed to be done. Then I carefully scheduled them so that I wouldn’t be exhausted on any particular day from my cleaning schedule. My schedule is based on the fact that there is a home construction going on next door and we have dust allergies in our family, plus two energetic little ones.

Having two little ones I often get to outsource some things to very energetic and entusiastic little people. They absolutely love wiping the mirrors, closet doors and spraying the lemon oil on the floor for me to mop. Sometimes they will ask to try mopping too. Hopefully their enthusiasm will continue when they have their own shores to do.

Below is the adapted cleaning schedule that I made to help me get organized. Click on the picture to download the free printable Cleaning Schedule.

Cleaning Schedule

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The Wheat and the Tares are in God’s House

Matthew 13: 24-30 (NKJV)

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

This parable is not about the world, but about the church– God’s people.

Where is the wheat? In God’s house.

Where are the tares? Also in God’s house.

Jesus tells us how among God’s people, the wheat, there have been sown tares. Christ also says that both the wheat and the tares are to grow together until the harvest.

In God’s house there are people who are earnestly seeking after God, living for Him and allowing Him to change them.

Still in God’s house are those who have not allowed the refreshing and transforming power of the Holy Spirit to touch their hearts. They gossip, slander, malign and outright lie against God’s people. No greater work can be done on the side of darkness than those who profess to be in the light (Isaiah 5:20) but have not given their hearts to God, the source of light (1 John 1:5). They are used as some of the greatest instruments of Satan to harass and discourage God’s people and to cause those looking in to turn away in disgust, often exclaiming “If this is what the church is like, I would be better off in the world.”

With this knowledge that in God’s church there are both wheat and tares, those who are seeking after God must not become discouraged by what they see and hear in the church. Instead, this knowledge should prompt God’s people everywhere to be strong in God and stand as lights in the church so that all who come in seeking Christ, would be able to see Him shining in us.

 

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The Rainbow Promise

This week in our homeschool we have been looking at God’s Rainbow Promise.

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The children listened to the account of the story read from the bible in English and Spanish since that is the second language we are learning.

Bible:

We discussed God’s promise in regards to the flood, as well as all of God’s promises that we should be thankful for. We listed all of the promises that we knew in the bible and the children mentioned that Jesus promised to come again as one of the promises that they knew!

Science

We talked about how light travels in beams. Light beams are white but the beams are made up of many different colours but we can’t see them. Since we had studied plants last year we had looked at the different colours of leaves and how some appeared purple but they still had the green chlorophyll hiding in them ( Isn’t God awesome?!). Light beams are just like that- they appear white but actually have different colours hiding in them.

When the beams enter the water in the clouds (we looked at how clouds were formed previously) the water droplets caused the light refract or split out (appropriate definition for their ages) into the beautiful colours of the rainbow!

(Be sure to click the links for more explanations or videos about how to do the experiments)

Using a CD

For this one we used both sunlight and a flashlight. The picture if of the rainbow we made at night. We did this one at least 3 nights this week.

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Using a glass of water:
You have to make sure to tilt the glass and move it around until the rainbow is formed.

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Using spraying water- video
We were supposed to use a hose or spray bottle for this one but while showering the light was coming in through the bathroom window and sure enough it made a rainbow! I turned the shower to a lighter spraying dial and called the children who were so excited to see it.

Liquid rainbow- video
This one the children wanted to do for weeks now after my son read it on one his experiment cards. But since I had this planned as part of school I held off until this week.

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Art:

The children used pastels to colour rainbows that I had drawn. They used cotton wool for the clouds and decorated with glitter. The one with the least lines is my daughter because she is younger and would not be able to handle all of the lines that my son would. Pastels worked great because they could use their fingers to help smudge the colours from one side to the other.

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Do Not be Distracted

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The bible tells us that we have a High Priest who is in heaven working for us. He is washing us and cleansing us from sin.

During the Day of Atonement, the Israelites ‘ afflicted their souls’ while the high priest was in the temple cleansing it.

Likewise, our High Priest Jesus, is in the Heavenly temple  cleansing the temple and all those whose sins have gone before into the temple. And like the Isrealites, we are to be afflicting our souls, crying out to God for Him to cleanse us.

Satan wishes for us to become distracted and focus on many different things so that we will not be focused on what Christ is in heaven doing for us.

Let us not get distracted by the cares of this world. Let us not focus on small thing, but let us focus on Christ. Let us say like the writer of this hymn:

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul;
Break down every idol, cast out every foe—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Refrain:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, let nothing unholy remain,
Apply Thine own blood and extract every stain;
To get this blest cleansing, I all things forego—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

(http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/I_Shall_Be_Whiter_than_Snow/)

 

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When Something Good Becomes Bad

I have been working on a lot of things for quite a while. It was a case of definitely biting off more than I could chew.

I was extremely tired. Because if it and those closest to me suffered. Because I was up all night working on things it meant that I had a hard start to my morning. My children, however, had their usual early morning start, between 5:30 and 6:30 (yes you saw that right!)

Having young children meant that I had to get up earlier than I could physically manage. I had headaches, little energy and was pretty cranky during the day. Not a good thing for a homeschooling mom who has no downtime during the day.

And so I decided that this was too much. I was up researching school, planning things, sometimes getting some blog posts done. All of these things are good but they were taking the place of sleep, which in turn was robbing me of energy to properly deal with my children and family.

And so, for the last two months I have decided to take a different approach. I am going to bed earlier, limiting my involvement in things to what is more manageable, saying no (especially to myself with the myriad of ideas that pop into mind).

The blog has been a bit quieter than usual, my involvement in things outside the home has been less. I have been working on a new routine so that I can manage my time and priorities better. So far it has been going well.

And because I know that I am not alone in this “work too hard on things that are good and then those closest to you suffer” cycle, I will share the specific details of what I have been doing to get things organized in a seperate post.

Don’t get so wrapped up in doing something good that one of the most important things suffer- your family.

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