Welcome back to week 2 of our 3 week series on how to find JOY in the routine tasks! I totally know how you feel if you’re getting overwhelmed by those sometimes mundane, everyday tasks that take up the hours of the day! Because of that, I’m on a mission to figure out how we can all find joy and be encouraged in those things, and I hope you’re finding some help in these posts. If you missed out on Week 1, you can click here to check it out!
Today, we are going to chat about finding joy in…cleaning!
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. -2 Thessalonians 3:13
If you were to step in my house, you would find a pile of laundry in the bedroom, dishes in the sink, dog hair on the floor, etc. (I can’t tell you about allllll of it, or you would want to just stop reading. Ha!) My point is, I’m not the best when it comes to keeping the house in the most spotless of conditions. Why is that? Because I really do, passionately dislike cleaning. In fact, this is the topic that I have been dreading writing about the most, and that means it’s the one that I need to write about the most.
Let’s just get into it, shall we? Below, I’m going to give you 5 benefits of a clean home + some of my tips for enjoying the process along the way! My hope is that these things bring you some encouragement, give you some actionable steps to getting started, and get you excited about keeping your home a clean haven. 🙂
Keeping a clean home…
…Saves time in the long run
I almost didn’t want to put this one in here because it seems so “expected”, but it’s true, so why not? I don’t even know how many times I have put off cleaning until the last minute, and then I’m left with a mess that takes HOURS to clean up. Instead of spending an entire afternoon cleaning, try using a one-touch method. When you bring something into the home or use an item that is already in your home, only touch it once after use. And that touch is to put it back! For instance, if you bring your purse in the house…touch it once and ONLY ONCE to put it in it’s place. This method takes a little bit of time and effort to make a habit, but it’s really effective and saves so much time!
…Provides time to get even closer to God
This one really gets me jazzed to clean! When I think about being able to spend time talking to the Lord or listening to worship music, it makes the whole process a lot easier. This is time to pray, reflect, or just chat with the one who loves us so much!
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. -Psalm 51:10
With the invention of so much technology and the ability to never really be “bored”, I think we lose a lot of time in which we are truly alone. Even when we are alone, we have the ability to connect with others on social media or play a game on our phones. Taking the time to clean your home and be mindful and present while doing so is a way to unwind and relax. When you focus on the task at hand and talking with God, you’re able to better listen to what he has to say!
…allows your creative juices to flow
Clutter keeps your mind bogged down! If you’re a creative at all, you know how hard it can be to concentrate on anything when you have a messy space. The clutter creates so many things for your mind to wander off to, and before you know it, you’re off cleaning instead of working on that project that you needed to do. A clean home environment creates space in your brain for things other than thinking about how stressed you are about the mess.
…provides a place of refreshment for your family
This one is probably one of the biggest motivators for me out of everything on this list.
Proverbs 31:28, 29 says, “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'”
Just for a second, think about all the things your husband and kids encounter each day outside the home. In this day and age, we CONSTANTLY encounter things trying to pull our attention away. Think about all the notifications you get on your phone each day! It’s the same thing for the members of your family. Each day when they leave the home, they are being influenced by tons of outside stressors. Those may be something as simple as the beauty of nature, but they could also be the rigors of a stressful day at the office for your husband or a big test at school for your kids.
Our clean homes can be a place of rest and refreshment from the outside world. We don’t want the mess and clutter to feel like the hectic world outside our front door, and it’s a blessing that we can craft a space that feels like a true haven for them. **Also, creating this serene haven in the bedroom makes intimacy much easier and more enjoyable! ;)**
…increases your gratitude levels
As I clean, I am swiftly reminded of all that I have and how grateful I am to have those things. We are living in a culture in which we need to have the best and the newest appliances, electronics, furniture, etc. That mindset can be draining and leave us always wanting more instead of being truly grateful for all that we have!
One of my reasons for not wanting to clean is because it takes too long…but how amazingly blessed am I that I have been given so much to take care of! It doesn’t matter how much money you make in your job or how much you have. We deserve nothing, and Christ gives us everything. We have so much to be grateful for! The next time that you clean, say a quick prayer of thanks for all that you have and increase those gratitude levels!
Psalm 73:28 says, “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”
Did you read this whole post, and you’re still not sure how you’re going to get it all done + find joy doing it?? I’ve listed some tips for making it a bit easier down below!
- Try doing the dishes or spot cleaning the kitchen while your coffee is brewing in the morning or while your pre-workout is kicking in!
- Fold clothes and put them away for 5 minutes each day after you shower (this will easily get rid of a big pile over time) OR try doing laundry once a week and folding a big batch while catching up on your favorite TV show.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t think that you have to get the entire house clean in one day. Do what you can, and ask for help for the rest.
- Try batching cleaning tasks together to be more efficient. See more about batching here!
- Commit to waking up 10-15 minutes earlier, and devote that extra time to getting a jump on your cleaning to-do list!
- Listen to a fun music playlist or a podcast that you find interesting while you clean.
- Pray while you work!
Let’s chat! Comment below with some of your tips on how to find joy in cleaning!