Melissa Michaels
About the Author

Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Melissa,
    Starting my day with Jesus is not only a good idea – for me it’s essential. I find that on the days when I don’t spend time in His presence, the day is much more likely to go down the drain. Also, when my children were tiny, somehow if nothing else was accomplished but I got the bed made, I felt the day was not a total loss. To this day, making my bed is my one saving grace if the whole day goes sideways. At least at the end of a busy day, I can drag my weary body into a freshly made bed. But even if nothing gets accomplished, God still loves me just for being me…just for being His. And, that is something to hang my hat on…

  2. HA! Over the weekend I kept saying how I need to dust, vacuum, clean the bathrooms etc…I mean no joke the dust is noticeable and the animal hair is worse in spots.

    I was tired. I didn’t have the energy for cleaning….and the kids said….who cares, it seems fine and you complain too much about the house not being clean enough. WELL! ha!

    I sat and left the cleaning. (I guess you know what I’ll be doing next weekend)

  3. Your housekeeping philosophy mirror’s that of the Flylady, who has kept many a homemaker sane and happy!

    • I love Flylady! Although I can’t keep up with her, ha! My mom was the best at keeping her sinks clean everyday while I was growing up. But even when we know what to do, we have to put it into practice to get the same results. Took me awhile to learn that lesson!

  4. Wow Bev sounds like me. I have a list though. I look at what can be accomplished off it every day. My bed making is not on the list but I do every morning or my husband does. I like thanking God every more He blesses me with another day since I have experienced days where I might not have. However, God saved me each time. I guess He has plans for me too. It might be in the form of a list as well. I’m just grateful I get another chance to tackle that list and when it’s completed, I start a new one after thanking God. 🙂

  5. Very early in our marriage, my husband and I established the habit of making the bed as soon as we got up. I always feel better, and our bedroom looks so much nicer with a made bed! As my kids grow older, I’ve experimented with my morning routine. Right now, I get up, do a couple care-for-me essentials and have my quiet time before the boys are out of bed. They’re up by 6:00 on school mornings. We have breakfast together, and I do my make up while they get ready. After I get home from dropping them off, I clean the kitchen and set to work on other tasks. I can’t work without a clean kitchen. 😉
    One other thing I’ve done on and off to deal with piles/clutter is to spend 10 minutes a day working on one trouble spot. It’s a slow process, but I’m seeing progress, and it makes me feel HAPPY. 🙂
    Loved your post. I plan to evaluate how I can implement your suggestions into my mornings and my days. 🙂

    • Thanks Jeanne, those are such good ideas. I’m with you, I can’t work without a clean kitchen! 🙂

  6. YAAAS!!! This was so what I needed. Thank you! I have read at least a few blogs and books about organizing your home and routines and I get so overwhelmed at all of the detailed information and complexity of it all every time (partially because I am also exhausted). But this…I can do this. I’ll check out your blog!

    • One step at a time is all I can handle too :). You’ve got this! Thanks, Rose.

  7. Here is the morning routine I’m working on implementing. It takes an hour and a half, which is still doable with an 8am job.
    Stretch/make bed (5 min)
    Jesus (30 min)
    breakfast, pack lunch (10 min)
    shower, makeup, hair (45 min)
    Super minimal, because I don’t have time for much beyond the essentials!

  8. Yes. Jesus time is essential. I make the bed, get myself ready and make sure during the day all the clutter is put away. I find the less I have the easier it is to keep the house clean!

  9. I like you suggestions, but I find it hard to apply to myself to a point. I work in downtown Chicago, my husband and I get up at 5:45 a.m. and we’re out the door at 7:10 a.m., don’t get back home till 6:20 p.m. — I make us dinner, my sweetie helps me clean up the kitchen and by the time it’s said and done, I just want to collapse for the night. We go up to our loft and relax the last hour or so of the evening and it’s off to bed. I find it hard to do any chores when I get home from work, that’s the last think I want to do, but then I don’t want to be doing chores over the weekend, especially in the summer because I don’t want to be in all weekend cleaning. I wish I had a made…ha, ha. Not happening. There are so many chores/projects that we need to do, but I need a week at home to do them. Any suggestions.