I started a little somethin' this week (first mentioned in my previous post).
31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of our homes.
The heart of our homes is not in the ability to keep it perfect at all costs; the heart of a home is love. We live in a thing, a non-eternal structure that needs to be maintained. The thing is worthless without the life we bring to it and through it. This book is about bringing life to the mundane in order to love well.
After each days reading, there are two challenges:
The Mary Challenge- Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
The Martha Challenge- Specific cleaning tasks
Two of my dear friends agreed to come along for the ride (oh, how I love me some accountability) and we are four days in and hitting on some really good stuff. Plus, our homes are starting to sparkle.
So far we have covered why we clean, ways we can give life to others, ways we can give life to our homes, and how to create a "put your feet up" atmosphere.
On the practical side we have cleaned out our fridges and freezers, dusted and shined the tops and outsides of our kitchen drawers and cabinets, and scoured our ovens and microwaves. I believe everything is spiritual (i.e. holy exercise) and I love the connection between my heart (the Mary) and my hands (the Martha).
Take care of my home is so much more than just a list of a chores - it's a way for me to show love to my family, bring life into my home, and take care of the blessings God has entrusted me with.
That, to me, is a game changer.
If you're looking for a way to add some perspective to your daily grind, this might be for you. You can join an on-line group challenge here starting May 1 or grab a few friends and work through it together.