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#320: Cleanliness is next to Godliness April 15, 2012

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Although most of the Bible references to cleanliness deal with spiritual over physical cleanliness, I know that God wants me to keep a clean house.  With all the things the Proverbs 31 wife is doing, I know that when “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks,” some of these tasks involve cleaning her home.  Cleaning is not something I terribly enjoy but I know that while I’m doing it it’s not so bad and I love having a clean house and how it looks and smells after I clean it.  Looking into the future, I see myself focusing on de-cluttering and organizing and then cleaning will become a focus.  Of course, it’s all about balance. Cleaning is just one of the essential things in keeping up a home.  There’s also shopping, cooking, organizing, decorating, yard work, finances, etc.  All of these things need to be done.  We all excel in one or another but it all needs to get done.  I pray that I have the discipline to do all that I can and that my hands bring  balance, joy, order and harmony to my home.

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"N-R-O-G super suds housecleaning week" - NARA - 515093 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


#319: Having a functional home April 14, 2012

My goal is to have a functional home.  In terms of cleanliness that means balance: clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.  🙂  My husband and I work full-time and we don’t have a maid.  Between errands, chores, shopping, cooking, laundry, yard work, etc. it’s hard to get it all in.  Plus, we have been working out and we do need some down time.  So we try to have a sane and healthy approach which is do the best we can!  You can’t eat off the floor in our house but it’s not too bad!  🙂

Clean House

Clean House (Photo credit: Threthny)


#146: Cleaning the house (or at least reading books about cleaning the house) August 23, 2011

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I love to read.  I wish I loved to clean.  I definitely like a clean house.  I really want to work towards cleaning more often.  It’s like exercise: once you start, it’s not that bad.  It’s getting started that’s the hard part.  My technique is to wait until one area gets really bad and I then tell myself “You’ve got to take care of that.”  And then it’s no cleaning until  the next bad area materializes. Not the best plan. 

I got some books on cleaning from the library last weekend.  One was a Real Simple cleaning book.  I proceeded to curl up on the couch and read it cover to cover.  Mind you, I was reading, not cleaning.  That’s the trouble with books sometimes.  I will read them, but will I do them!  Of course, I learned a few things.  I need a squeegie for the shower doors.  So now I will engage yet another of my passions – shopping!  I just can’t win.  🙂

How do you manage to keep your house clean?  Or do you manage?