Welcome Back Y’all,
It is Day 3 of 21 Days of Prayer and Wellness. Today, we are going to piggyback off yesterday’s message about making room. If you have not read the post, what are you waiting for? I talked about making room for God to work in your life spiritually. Well, today, we are going to talk about making room in your home physically.
Personally, I feel like my life is super chaotic when my home is not clean, or I know my life is chaotic when my house is not clean. Clutter leads to distractions that can quickly get me off task. Also, because I have such a busy schedule, cleaning usually gets put on the back burner. When I am writing, I can write from sunrise to sunset, and start all over again the next day. However, I have made it a mission to keep my home clean and organized because I feel a lot better when it is. I encourage you to make having a clean home a priority over the next 21 days and let me know how it affects your mood. To help, I have compiled a list of habits that have helped me.
- Know Yourself. What is your weakness with cleaning? Are you too tired, or is it too much of a task? Once you figure out what hinders you, then you know the real problem to address. Personally, I am a planner addict, but I have a hard time planning consistently. Therefore, I do not plan the cleaning time. I have been a “clean when company is coming” person for years.
- Make a schedule. As I mentioned earlier, I love to plan, but I am not that consistent. Well, these 21 days are about forming habits, and that is what you have to do with your cleaning routine. I suggest picking days to handle specific tasks or complete simple tasks (dishwashing, counters, sweeping, etc.) daily and then choose one day to do a massive clean (including vacuuming, washing clothes, and etc.). The latter is the plan I am adopting with my husband. This Monday was our first time trying it, and I love it.
- Find a home for EVERYTHING. Over the last couple of years, I have made it a mission to have a place for everything. Therefore, it is easy for me to find, which decreases stress and easy for me to put up, which makes cleaning easier. Have a place for random things too so you can sort them later and find them a home.
- Clean as you go. Now, this is something I strive to do, but it is definitely something my husband advocates. When I am finished at my desk, I put up my books, close my planner, and take my water bottles and tea mugs downstairs. Also, after cooking or after dinner, I try to rinse the dishes, load the dishwasher, and clean the countertops. Now, I only do these tasks 80% of the time lol but, it is a work in progress.
- Set a timer. If you are on a tight schedule or you lack the motivation to clean. Set a 30-minute timer and clean until the timer runs out. You will be surprised at how much you get done. You can also put on a music playlist during the time to help distract those thoughts of wanting to get back to your other activities.
These are just a few tips, and I would love for you to comment on how you “clean up, what you messed up”? After these 21 days, I want to know how a clean environment has impacted your mental health.
To start off your cleaning playlist, I have one of my fav playlists below. This playlist includes some of my Granny’s favorite songs, and she and my auntie would play them when they would clean. I have also included a video of the song that inspired this title.
God, thank you for being in my presence today. Lord, thank you for giving me a place to call home. I want to make it a priority to ensure that my home is not only welcoming to others but myself. I am praying that I can create a space of mental peace, spiritual awakening, and productivity. I know that the condition of my home can be a mirror of my current mental, spiritual, or emotional state. Lord, I surrender those problems to you and ask that you create in my clean heart that lives for you and discerns your voice daily. Lord, my goal is to live your agenda daily, and I ask that you show me where I can incorporate cleaning. I am expecting that I will see a great impact on my life by adopting these new, healthy habits. Thank you in advance for your blessings and provisions.