Beautifying our homes is one of the many pleasures that God has given up to make our homes a haven---an escape and refuge from the world. A place for souls to be nurtured. A safe place to love and learn. Spring is a time to prepare our homes for the excitement that lies ahead for the year.
I am spending the week working out my spring cleaning strategy and was thrilled when I found an older plan of attack in my home journal. It was simple and so unlike what I find in the magazines which are too complex or time consuming for me with a large family.
If you are not sure how to begin your spring cleaning this strategy might work for you.
Here is what it looks like:
Spring Cleaning Strategy
1. Count how many rooms/areas you have in your home. Depending on how much time you have, you can do one room a day or a few rooms a day.
2. Go room to room with a list and write down what needs to get done. (Example: wash curtains, touch up paint, organization, deep clean closet) This is your master list, you don't really need it if you can remember it all but I like to see everything on paper.
3. Follow your list. Whatever doesn't get done plan for later----at least you've got a lot done in your spring cleaning week, more than what you would have without a plan. Knowing I only have one day to work on something makes me work quicker and more efficiently especially since I am planning off the list.
4. Delegate cleaning tasks to your children or break up into teams to tackle jobs quicker.
5. At the end of the day, pat yourself on the back, kick up your feet, and enjoy the contentment that comes knowing that you accomplished your spring cleaning!
Preparing our homes and beautifying it is important work and a timeless art. It requires a lot of loving sacrifice and work but is SO satisfying when the entire family can enjoy the fruit of it all.
I love what JR Miller has to say about the home:
"There is nothing in all the influences and surrounding of the home of tender childhood so small that it does not leave its touch of beauty or of marring upon the life. Even the natural scenery in which a child is reared has much to do with the tone and hue of its future character. Beautiful things spread before the eye of childhood print themselves on the sensitive heart. The mountains, the sea, lovely valleys, picturesque landscapes, forests, flowers, all have their influence in shaping life. Still greater is the influence of the house itself in which a child is brought up....
Wherever a child grows up it carries in its character the subtle impressions of the home in which it lives. The house itself, its shape and appearance, its interior arrangement and decoration, its furnishing, its external surroundings---- brick walls and paved streets or green grass and flowers...in the choosing and preparation of a home this fact must not be overlooked. The educating power of beauty must not be forgotten."
How do you approach spring cleaning?
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