Reflecting back on my last post about home keeping schedules, and as I think about home keeping in general, I want to be sure you understand my position.
Please reread the things I especially highlighted in bold type and large font in my last post on this subject. I’ll make it easy for you and repeat those statements now.
When time is short, determine that clean enough is good enough.
Our homes should be clean enough to be healthy and orderly enough to be pleasant, but there’s nothing better, in my eyes, than a family home that looks like the family enjoys living there.
Do not let anyone – me, that woman at your church, your best friend’s sister’s niece’s cousin, or even yourself – place unrealistic expectations on you. Our circumstances are all different.
- A young, or not-so-young, mom with several little ones has far better things to do with her time than to scrub into the corners of her kitchen floor with a toothbrush.
- A woman caring for an ailing husband or aging parents doesn’t need to worry about the dust on the table in her dining room.
- A woman who works long hours outside of her home comes home tired and wants (and needs) to spend her time at home with her family, not cleaning her house.
- A mom homeschooling her children is also working a full time job. Give her the same grace that you’d give a woman working full-time outside of her home.
Caring for our homes is, indeed, one way that we can minister to and care for our families and even show respect and honor to our husbands. However, we do not want to make cleaning our homes more important than our families. As my friend, Jane, said in the comments of that last post, life happens. We need to learn when to let go of our (or someone else’s) expectations about what constitutes a “clean” house when life throws us a curve ball. Remember, we hold our own plans loosely.
Things happen. Things like the largest tree on your property coming down in a winter storm, just before dark on the day before Spring, and nearly crushing your dairy goat barn.
Over the last couple of weeks, circumstances have dictated that my husband and I spend a great deal of time revamping our household budget and developing some new financial habits and goals. During that time I’ve only just kept up with the very basics in my home. It’s definitely been a time of “good enough”! Like I said, “Things happen.”.
A clean, well-ordered home is only one way what we can look well to the ways of our households. There are a great many other, more important ways that we can do this on a daily basis. Let’s not lose site of those!
In what ways, other than cleaning, are you looking well to the ways of your household this week?
God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!