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.
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.