7 Habits for a Clean Home
Imagine walking into a 500 square foot apartment and the first thing you see are piles. Shoes scattered on the floor, the table piled with junk. The smell of the trash that hasn't been taken out and the massive pile of dirty dishes in the sink. As you walk to the room in the back imagine seeing piles of dirty clothes. Dirty sheets that haven't been washed and trash scattered throughout.
This was our first apartment. I would like to blame the mess on the size of the house, but that wouldn't be true. I never cleaned. I would only do the dishes maybe once in a blue moon when I got annoyed at the dirty pile in the sink. The seven months we lived there I didn't vacuum once. Looking back this all seems gross to me, but at the time I didn't think much of it.
The bible talks about cleanliness. Mainly with the cleanliness of our hearts and spirit, but it can also translate to other areas of our lives. Cleanliness is next to godliness and having a dirty home can really affect us spiritually.
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
Lets be real, we will never perfect holiness, but we can make real efforts to get there. I'm finally learning how to be a clean person and I'm going to share what has helped me.
1. Time with God
Honestly, this is really important. The way we start our days can determine how our day will go. Starting it by spending time in His word and giving thanks to Him is so beneficial.
If you don't know where to start find a devotional to work through (the first devotional I worked through was called Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be by Donna Partow)or join an online bible study group.
I follow along with goodmorninggirls.com where they read a chapter a day through the books in the bible. They also do the SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) method . This has helped me so much!
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
2. Wake up early
For me to have a good start with the Lord and my day I need to wake up early. I need to wake before the kids do in order to have this time to myself. This makes a huge difference and it allows me to start my day right.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at the break of day. Psalm 46:5
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35
3. Make a Schedule
Schedules are everything! Children need routine and so do mamas. It keeps the day going smoothly and it helps keep us productive. And don't forget to schedule a quiet time for your kids and yourself mid-day! Anyone who goes to work needs at least one break during their shift and so do us mamas!
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. Proverbs 31:15 (MSG)
4. Do laundry everyday
I used to let laundry pile up. Then when we needed clean clothes it was so overwhelming to do and it would take me all week to get caught up. Doing at least one load a day will make all the difference. Also, create a laundry schedule. Mine looks like this:
- Monday: Kids
- Tuesday: Towels, rugs
- Wednesday: Hubby (I do two loads on his day. One load for dark and one load for colors)
- Thursday: Kids blankets
- Friday: My clothes
- Saturday: Sheets and blankets
Create a routine that will work for you and your family.
Most importantly, fight the urge to let things pile up!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
5. Do the dishes throughout the day
Don't let them pile up! Now, there are definitely those off days where we do let them pile up or we do go to bed with a pile of dishes in the sink. We are not striving for perfection here, but keeping up with the dishes throughout the day is so helpful.
I empty my dishwasher in the morning and after ever meal, I wash the dishes and put them in the dishwasher.
A slack hand produces nothing but poverty, but an industrious hand soon takes hold of riches. Proverbs 10:4 (VOICE)
6. Resist the urge to sit all day and be lazy
Yes, I'll bluntly say it. If you are a stay at home mom it can be really easy to do this. There are days that we may struggle with this more than other days.
God wants us to be productive with our lives. He honors the hard working woman.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Proverbs 31:27 (MSG)
We must teach our children to productive. We must teach them these simple life skills that I have talked about today, but it starts with us. They see our example, they watch our every move. This is a selfless life. But at the end of the day we will be fulfilled in knowing that we have worked hard for our family. And one day our children will see all that we have done and have great respect for us mothers.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her Proverbs 31:28
7. Keep pushing through
Sometimes it really does feel like this is all worthless. Sometimes when we have just picked up the house and it is messy again, it may feel like it is pointless to even try. But our hard work is never done in vain. Be persistent and be productive. Turn to God in prayer on those days where it's hard to make it through. Seek His answers and advise through His word. He is faithful.
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9