Hello and welcome to another Volunteer Selection Project update.
- The purpose of activities during the Volunteer Selection Project
- Cleaning activity description
- General attitudes to cleaning
- Benefits of cleaning
- Opportunities during the cleaning activity
- Cleaning principles & workflow
- Documentation of the cleaning activity
The purpose of activities during the Volunteer Selection Project
During the Volunteer Selection Project the purpose of the activities we choose is to help participants become aware of, and challenge their emotions, attitudes, motivations and interactions with others and about tasks themselves that are out of harmony with God’s Way. Once participants become aware and/or personally challenged we assess their sincerity and attitude about working through the issues, and bringing their false beliefs, feelings, choices and actions into harmony with God’s Way.
Participants are encouraged to be transparent about their real emotions, attitudes and motivations; to accurately self analyses their behaviour; to feel how they really feel and self assess their soul condition as it is right now. We encourage participants to make loving, truthful choices and take loving truthful actions emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Cleaning activity description
- Participants are required to clean a house, inside and outside
- Participants are required to work as a team in a loving, thorough and efficient manner
- Participants are encouraged to honestly communicate with facilitators and other participants
- Participants are encouraged to feel how they really feel about cleaning and working as a team.
General attitudes to cleaning
People in general have strong attitudes, beliefs and feelings about cleaning. Cleaning exposes and challenges emotional and physical addictions.
Feelings, false beliefs and attitudes we have observed so far include but are not limited to:
Feeling cleaning is a menial job for others to do; it is “women” or “servants” work; are rebellious about cleaning; have a “good enough” attitude; don’t want to be thorough or efficient; have a “spit and polish” style (a quick clean that misses most of the dirt and grime; and some actively hate it.
There are those who “like” cleaning for the addictive feelings they receive, approval; feeling like a “good wife/mum”; getting worth met for cleaning for others.
And lastly there are a few people I know who genuinely love and enjoy cleaning. This last attitude is the one we want to encourage all participants to work towards.
During the cleaning activity we encourage participants to be truthful and transparent about their feelings and attitudes towards the activity, the facilitators and other participants.
Benefits of cleaning (just a few)
- A simple but worthwhile job to be of service to somebody else
- It saves others time
- It is a great gift to both receive and to give to others
- It is an act of self love and love towards others to maintain and keep our homes and venues clean, tidy and in good working order
- Makes people feel better living in a clean environment
- Provide personal satisfaction if the task is completed well
- Long term – volunteers will be working in large groups to set up, pack up and clean larger venues and events in short time frames. This activity gives an opportunity for participants to experience cleaning and working in a larger group
Opportunities during the cleaning activity
- To learn about what it means to serve others and give gifts
- To work through impediments to serving others and giving gifts
- To provide a service to the people whose house or venue is being cleaned
- An opportunity to serve fellow participants and help the cleaning process run quickly and smoothly
- Encourage self responsibility in regards to emotions and the cleaning itself
- Encourage love while working in groups
- To practice honest communication (when honest communication is engaged the activity runs more efficiently and smoothly)
- Exposing and challenging emotional addictions we want to engage with others and towards work in general
- An opportunity to expose emotions in participants that are out of harmony with love
- An opportunity for participants to take initiative
- An opportunity to become aware of how thorough and efficient we are
- An exercise in time management
- Encourage economy, including workflow, teamwork and personal actions. Economically using resources (time, energy, cleaning solutions, communication with others etc.)
- Encourage enthusiasm; understanding the objective and benefits of the task, how cleaning can be a gift
- Understanding and engaging in an effective workflow both individually and as a team
- Understanding how leadership and direction, or the lack of it, affect a task
Cleaning principles & workflow
Below is listed a basic overview and does not include every detail or step involved.
Cleaning that is done with a loving attitude (God’s idea of loving) is done thoroughly & properly until the task is complete. The attitude towards “menial” tasks and the emotions we have around cleaning, self-care and care of others are exposed during this activity. We want to discover what our real feelings are about cleaning and bring them into harmony with God’s Way.
We want to discover the best way (God’s Way) to clean.
It is loving to work efficiently, thoroughly, enthusiastically, with logic and care. This is because how we work affects the completed tasks and anyone we are working with.
Coming up with an efficient workflow saves time, energy and makes tasks more enjoyable. Whether working alone or in a team ensuring there is a good workflow makes the task run smoothly and efficiently. This includes having all the mediums and tools you need easily accessible. Having a way to clean mediums easily etc.
Flow on effect
Understanding the flow on effect of tasks. This includes how each task effects what comes before and after it, if working in a team this includes understanding how all aspects of the task relate and effect every member of the team. For example cleaning windows, the window tracks need to be vacuumed or dusted before cleaning the glass. This is so the dust in the tracks doesn’t become gunk and so the glass doesn’t get dirty again once it has been cleaned.
Logically cleaning from top down. The top down approach is efficient and methodical. In practice this means dusting cobwebs from the roof and cornices, dusting & wiping down fans, roof, marks on walls, dusting & wiping down benches, wiping down skirting boards, sweeping/vacuuming the floor, cleaning windows, mirrors and finally mopping the floors.
There are some exceptions such as windows where window tracks need to be cleaned before the windows themselves to avoid creating muddy gunk in the tracks.
Cleaning mediums include: cloths, mops, water, cleaning solutions etc. The clean will only be as clean as the mediums you are using. Example, use small amounts of water that are changed frequently and rinse cloths/mops etc. regularly.
The order of what cleaning mediums to use when cleaning an area. Often two or three steps of the cleaning process happen almost simultaneously. For example wiping down a surface with a wet cloth and drying it straight afterwards so no streaks or water marks are left behind.
Dusting – doing an initial clean with dry medium (cloth, paint brush, vacuum) to remove surface dirt and dust.
Scrubbing/heavy dirt removal – using moist mediums (cloth, scrubbing brush, water and cleaning solution) to remove stains, grime and harder to remove dirt and marks.
Wiping down areas – using moist mediums (cloth, water and/or cleaning solution) to rinse and wipe off residue from any scrubbing, or wiping down areas such as benches etc.
Drying – using dry medium (cloth) to dry excess moisture or water and polish surfaces of previously cleaned areas.
**Note the scrubbing, wiping and drying often happens almost simultaneously. Logic should dictate how we clean and whether the above rules are adhered to or not.
When cleaning alone or in a team we encourage participants to challenge their emotional addictions with each other and engage honest communication. This ensures the clean is more efficient and productive.
Documentation of the cleaning activity
Documentation is an important part of God’s Way organisation. For some of the activities during the project participants are required to write up a procedure.
Documentation is another activity which exposes emotions and attitudes in everyone who engages it. Documentation is something that every member and volunteer of Divine Truth and God’s Way organisations needs to understand and be able to do properly and complete in a timely manner. Any emotions that prevent great documentation need to be worked through, and education on how to document properly must be engaged in order to be a great volunteer.
Maintaining a clean and tidy space becomes easier the more false beliefs and emotions we work through. It is also easier to keep a space clean if it becomes second nature to tidy and clean as you go – meaning if you notice something dirty or messy cleaning it up or wiping it down the moment we see it rather than waiting for a build up makes it easier to clean.
The greatest help for myself personally in beginning to maintain a clean environment has been working through emotional issues I have towards cleaning, including feeling rebellious towards cleaning, unfair, enraged and sad feelings created in childhood. I suggest feeling the emotions and false beliefs we have towards cleaning rather than just trying to change behaviours. For me, trying didn’t work. Becoming more tidy has been a side effect of releasing emotions.
During the Volunteer Selection Project activities, including cleaning are never just about completing the activity. They are created to find out more about love, truth and doing things God’s Way, this includes finding out about ourselves and exposing attitudes, beliefs and personal addictions out of harmony with love, as well as maintaining a clean and tidy environment.
All the Best,
Eloisa and the Volunteer Selection Project Team