Appreciation

It has been too long since I made a post and I apologize for that. I started my new work schedule and it makes me feel like the day is shorter. That’s just an excuse, though. I’ll be better this week.

I want to share this quote with you: “No one appreciates what I do, until I don’t do it anymore.” I really liked this quote when I first saw it. I think a lot of women relate to it because we feel like we do so much in a day and never get a thank you. Especially moms.

We compare ourselves to other people, oftentimes our husbands, and think “He doesn’t care that I spent hours cleaning the house” or “I wish he would help me more.” I was really feeling this when we came home from our mini-vacation over the weekend and knew my to-do list was a mile high.

Then I looked up and realized Jesse was already helping me straighten the house up. Yes, without me asking him.

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I realized that those feelings I have are unjustified. He does a lot of chores too. Probably much more than most husbands. All the time I spent thinking he didn’t appreciate me, I wasn’t appreciating him. And on top of that, why should I get a pat on the back for things I should be doing anyway. I’m not over-achieving by doing chores that have to be done.

I feel pretty guilty about it. I know that if I didn’t feel that way, we would get more chores done and I wouldn’t resent him for the chores I got done on my own. I’m going to try to focus on appreciating him more instead of wondering when he will appreciate me.

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Washing Your Washer

I saw an article on Pinterest a few weeks ago about all of the things we skip cleaning that we shouldn’t. It was definitely an eye-opener. One of the things on the list was the clothes washer. After reluctantly inspecting mine, I realized that the post was right. My washer was DIRTY.

A. It’s a used washer.
B. My husband works outside in dusty West Texas.

So I got out my magic tools (aka: magic eraser, 409, and cleaning brush) and got to scrubbing. It didn’t take a lot of elbow grease, but there were a lot more nooks and crannies for dirt to hide in than I realized.

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After cleaning out the dirt and scrubbing 409 all over it, I ran a load of just detergent.

I was surprised with the results. There was a noticeable difference in our laundry after the cleaning. Our clothes felt softer and even smelled better.

What I learned: don’t forget to clean your cleaning tools.

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