Photo Credit: Aureliy Movila
I woke up this morning and the sun was shining! We haven’t seen the sun in days, weeks it seems like. I don’t know about you, but the sun shining is enough to inspire me to get a lot done.
I am sharing excerpts from my e-workbook, Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home available in the P31 Bookstore.
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?
Homemaking matters. Providing a warm, welcoming environment is a ministry for your family and those who visit. Homemaking is not about perfection, but about creating a space that feels like home. Does your home reflect God?
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
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
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.
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.
P.S. Remember that homemaking is not about perfection. It’s about creating a space that feels like home!
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.
Homemaking is so much more than cleaning a house, cooking food, and making sure your family has clothes to wear. Homemaking is about nurturing a spirit of warmth, comfort, and love in your home.