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#337: Organizing May 3, 2012

Last weekend I was organizing a bit.  I put all the spices in baskets and labeled the tops.  I also cleaned out the cabinet with pots and pans, got rid of pans we don’t use and labeled where they go.

I said to husband, “Isn’t it great to be organized?”

He said, “I like everything where it is.”

Au contraire husband!  Organizing is all about liking where it is.  Only, where it is may be a new and improved spot.  But once a new system is in place, he’ll always know where to find things.


#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)


#265: I didn’t start out a good wife February 10, 2012

I have a confession to make.  I didn’t start out being a good wife.  I am learning to be one.  I am a “good-wife-in-training”, so to speak.  Being a good wife is a process.  With God’s help and care I am on the road.  Here are a few of the things it takes to be a good wife (in no particular order):

  • love
  • humility
  • prayer
  • submission to God
  • submission to your husband
  • humor
  • hard work
  • perseverance
  • faith
  • hope
  • commitment
  • forgiveness
  • learning
  • patience

You can work to become a good wife too!  Just stay on the path and follow the light.  🙂

P.S. 100 more posts to go to get to 365 things I love about marriage!  🙂

Day of housework

Day of housework (Photo credit: the Italian voice)


#46: Being a Housewife March 25, 2011

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OK, first of all, I am not a housewife in the usual meaning of the word.  I have a full-time job outside the house.  But I am indeed a housewife in the sense that I believe in cultivating a home, caring for my house, cooking and cleaning and making it a comfortable place to be.

Home is where the heart is and the heart lives in the home.  I truly believe that to create a good home you need to work at it.  And lovingly.  So often, housekeeping is a bunch of random chores that are boring.  But if as you hold each glass as you wash it and put love into the action and think about the person in your family that will use the glass, the experience is uplifted.  The Opus Dei folks understand this.  It is your service of devotion to God through the works you perform for your family.  Here are some books that I recommend on housekeeping:   

A Well-kept Home: Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother – this book is a beautiful coffee table book and althouh there are tips, I see this as more of an inspirational book to get you started in the practice of lovingly keeping a home.

Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home – Leave it to Martha to give you great tips on cleaning and organizing.

I also recommend the Real Simple website.  There is an extensive section on Home and Organizing.


Good luck!