Sarah Mae (it's only $4.99 to download to your computer now). It's called "31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way". I was just a few chapters in and it was so inspiring I cleaned my entire house?! What? I haven't even finished the book yet!!
She talks about one way to clean our house and keep it clean is to "claim" WHY we want a clean house. Not because of what others think, but why is it important to ME to have a clean house. I think of my kids mostly, I want the best environment I can provide for them, that is my WHY....for my children.
Chapter two she blew me away, telling me that we as women were created to be a "life-giver". What does THAT have to do with having a clean house? She defines "live-giving" as "in its most basic sense, is raising life above the level of mere existence"
Then she talks about making our house where people are welcome,a place where they can "put their feet up". She asks us to think about what it's like when WE go to others peoples houses, then asks you what you want YOUR house to be when people come visit. Well of course, I want a place that welcomes my friends.....
....and that my friends is all it took. I have book my book (or Kindle rather) aside and cleaned, and cleaned. My house is pretty clean, it smells nice thanks to my sister-in-law's Scentsy. Sure, I still need to vacuum a few rooms, and mop but all my clutter is put away except my bedroom and I'm tackling that tonight. I am even caught up on laundry, and have it all folded, and I'll get that put away tonight or tomorrow.
Already I know what Sarah Mae meant when she talked about having a "life giving" home, because today as I was home with a sick LW I was able to spend quality time with Princess playing! We colored, and we played play-doh, and we played catch, and played toys....I enjoyed extra snuggles, and cuddles, we danced in the kitchen to our favorite music.......all things I would overlook if I was drowning in my messy, cluttered house.
My house isn't alwasy messy but it seems like when I do let it get that way, I just get in a rut and have trouble getting back out, and it feels SO nice to be home right now.....and with that, I'm off to go switch out my last load of laundry and start to tackle my room.....and I will finish reading the book by Sarah Mae, because she has some wonderful tips, and other suggestions for cleaning that I haven't tackled yet (like the fridge)......but I highly suggest her book, and it's only $4.99 to download right now.