Rule number four: Clean as you go.
This is the cardinal principle to orderly management. Leave a room as ordered as you found it. Straighten up before you retire for bed at night.
Clean pots and pans and utensils directly after use. I have developed a system whereby I wash the dishes after each course of a large party. The kitchen is already straightened from last-minute preparations.
The punch cups are washed after the children have collected them and people are sitting in the living room talking. The salad and dinner plates are cleared by the children while I scrape and wash and stack.
All that remains is dessert silverware and plates, goblets, coffee and tea cups, serving dishes. A major portion of the cleanup is accomplished before the last course, at which time I relax, enjoy the conversation, and think about how little there is left to do.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen Mains serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.