A Desire to Change

A Desire to Change {Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home: Day4} @ AVirtuousWoman.org

I am sharing excerpts from my e-workbook, Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home available in the P31 Bookstore.

A Desire to Change

     Change is hard. Sometimes we like change. But most of the time, change makes us stress out. Sometimes we just don’t want to change. In order to change a bad habit, we must really change the way we think.

    I mentioned earlier that I used to be a really bad housekeeper. Okay, so some of that had to do with age and immaturity. (I was a teenage mother very young.) But mostly it just had to do with my own selfish attitude. I resented having to clean the house. Why? I don’t really know now, but I hated it. Laziness, I suppose. I created a set of bad habits for myself. I didn’t really even know how to clean a house. But I was mostly just lazy about it.

“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1

  It is hard to be a good house keeper when you hate being a house keeper. Well, let me put it this way. It is hard to be motivated to clean the house when you hate cleaning the house. Where do we get our motivation from?

   Some people are just naturally born with a clean gene. You will find them scrubbing the floors when they are happy or upset or just bored. I’m not really talking to you people.

This is for those of us who were born with a natural inclination to be messy and disorganized. I used to be messy and disorganized. I was a closet slob. However, I changed. I really like cleaning the house. I like having a tidy home. I enjoy puttering around the house. I want my home to be company ready – but not for company! I want my house to look nice for my family every day!

  As my heart began to change, I found out that deep down inside, I wasn’t a slob – I was a homemaker. But I needed self-discipline. Self-discipline is doing what you don’t really want to do, just because you need to.

Are you like the wise woman who builds her house up? Or do you find yourself acting like the foolish woman tearing down your house with your words and actions?

Today’s Goal: Print out this handy chart to help you discover the problem areas in your home that need the most work.


Today’s Spring Clean Challenge:

  • Deep clean the bathroom(s).

Instagram Photo Challenge:  Take a picture of your favorite household cleaner. Use hashtag #p31springclean.

I’ll be focusing on one area – however seemingly small – in my home each day for the next two weeks. With the rotating weekly chore list in my This is My Life Planner, I’m easily able to remember to maintain chores – which keeps my house neater and cleaner on a daily basis.



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Creating Order

Creating Order {Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home: Day 3} @ AVirtuousWoman.org

Photo Credit: Aureliy Movila

I am sharing excerpts from my e-workbook, Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home available in the P31 Bookstore.

P.S. Before we get started, I wanted to remind you that The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on sale today at 8 am! I’ll be share more about this sale, later this morning.

 Creating Order

Why is having a clean house important? Other than sanitary issues… Why is it important to create order in your home? If it is “clean” and sanitary, does clutter really matter?

God is a god of order and not chaos. Does your home reflect God? I hear women say, “I would rather play with my kids than clean the house.” I understand. And it is important to set aside time each day to spend meaningful time with our children – and husbands. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

     But if you are always putting aside responsibilities in favor of just having fun, are you teaching your children to be irresponsible? There will be times when things need to go undone.  Things will come up that cause your well laid out plans to go awry. You know the saying… “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” This is to be expected and we need to be flexible enough to be joyful despite our circumstances.

As homemakers, if we have a plan laid out before hand; if we have a regular routine for keeping the home in order, those times when things don’t go as planned will not wreak complete havoc on our lives. They will simply be a detour where we get back on the road and keep going. It won’t break us.

    Is your life so filled up with activities and plans that you have no time to set a calm rhythm to your day? I have a bad habit of underestimating how long an activity will take me. Therefore, if I have too many activities scheduled for one day, I am overwhelmed and stressed and in a hurry to complete each task.

    Homemaking should create a gentle rhythm to your day. You should have peace and joy as you work through each task. Caring for your family and serving others should fill your life with happiness and love. You shouldn’t be in a hurry all of the time. Otherwise, one day you will wake up and realize that you hurried through your life and then it is too late to capture the moment…

     As a homemaker, you should focus on the task at hand. If you are washing the dishes, focus on washing the dishes. You can think about other things, but really work at doing a good job. I sing all day long. I like to sing. I sing praise songs and hymns – especially while in the kitchen, but I will sing as I pick up clutter and tidy up the house.  Singing makes me feel good and I can praise God through my songs.

     Focusing on the task at hand is important. If you are teaching your child math, focus on your child. If you are teaching your daughter how to knit, focus on your daughter. Enjoy the moment. Don’t feel a need to rush through the task. Because if you are rushing, there is no joy. If you are folding the laundry, focus on the laundry. Pray for your family. Thank God that you have a precious family and that your family has clothes to wear. What if something happened and you lost even one member?

     We will talk about creating a rhythm to your day soon, but for now, think about how you fill your days. Think about the memories of home your children will one day take with them. Think about the responsibility you have to train your children to be neat, orderly, polite and respectful and to honor time.

Time is really all we have, and we don’t really know how much.


Today’s Spring Clean Challenge:

  • Wash and dry bed spreads and blankets.

Instagram Photo Challenge: Take a picture of a freshly made bed. Use hashtag #p31springclean.

I’ll be focusing on one area – however seemingly small – in my home each day for the next two weeks. With the rotating weekly chore list in my This is My Life Planner, I’m easily able to remember to maintain chores – which keeps my house neater and cleaner on a daily basis.



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