Cleaning and Chores

C is for Chores.

Imagine a world without chores. Sounds great, right?

But think about it for a moment.

No one ever washes their clothes. No one cleans the bathroom sink. No one vacuums the floor. No one washed the dishes.

Pretty scary, huh? The smell alone would be enough to kill you.

If you’re blessed enough to have a roof over your head, food to eat, and clothes to wear, then you have chores. Learn how to live with them.

Tips to make chores more fun:

  • Make it an art.
  • Play music, sing along.
  • Meditate or pray while you work.
  • Make it a game. (Find secret shortcuts)
  • Call some friends. (You can be a great listener).
  • Pretend your favorite celebrity is coming over in 15 minutes.
  • Reward yourself. Finish a specific task, do something fun, then come back.

The biggest thing:
Just get started. You can do anything for 5 minutes.

Tips to make chores go faster:

  • Focus on what you’re doing.
  • Time yourself, military style.
  • Team up. Recruit help!
  • Trade off. (Maybe your sibling hates sweeping, but doesn’t mind dishes.)

Reasons to do your chores:

  • You can have friends over.
  • You can find things.
  • One step closer to freedom.
  • You won’t get sick from nasty germs.
  • Help your family.
  • Take care of your things (they’ll last longer).
  • Be a clean, capable person.
  • Small workout. (moving = more fit).

Be thankful to God for the blessings He has given you. Some people live in a 1-room house, with 1 set of clothes, and barely enough food to survive.

Become a good servant:

  • Offer to help your mom or siblings finish their chores.
  • Thank God for the blessings he gave you.
  • Give away toys and books you don’t need to poor families.


“Do everything without complaining or arguing.” – Philippians 2:14

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3,4

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:11,12

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6


What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
-Samuel Johnson

“My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.”
—Erma Bombeck

Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
—William Morris

I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
-Nancie J. Carmody

I enjoy mowing the lawn, it relaxes me. It gets me outdoors, it’s good exercise, the freshly cut grass smells great, and the engine is loud enough that I’m sure no one else can hear my thoughts – or intrude upon them.
-Astrid Alauda

The meal’s complete when the kitchen’s neat.
-Author Unknown

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s all in the attitude – housework is exercise. Slim your way to a clean home!
-Linda Solegato

Thank God for dirty dishes,
they have a tale to tell;
while others may go hungry,
we’re eating very well.
-Author Unknown

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
-Samuel Johnson

Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
-Charles Kingsley

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
– Confucius

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7 thoughts on “Cleaning and Chores

  1. Hi, I’m fellow A-Z . These tips are gems. I’m going to get my son to read. Anything to do with apocalypse is a good read 😉

    • Thank you! It’s a work in progress – let me know if you have any advice from the field!

      Also, does your son like astronauts or soldiers?
      (Planning to expand with examples of how cool people do their chores)

  2. I really like the Samuel Johnson quote at the top. Makes me want to get to work!

    I always made up a story to go with cleaning. For example, I’d pretend that I was cleaning up a hospital after a disaster. Must be quick! Patients need cleanliness, you know. I tell my son that the President could come to visit, and we don’t want toys all over the house.

    Even now, I use this trick on myself and imagine my favorite celebrity popping by. …And suddenly the bathroom is clean!

    Fellow A-Zer. Glad I stopped by!

    • I love that story!

      So true too: Clara Barton talked about cleanliness first in her nursing guide.

      Those are great tips! I’ll look for a way to work them in :).

      (Working on how astronauts and military personnel do chores at a later date. Nurses would also be perfect!)

    • Added your celebrity tip! Thanks!

  3. I need a change in attitude 🙂

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