And...sometimes that heartbeat is your own! As keepers of the hearth, we tend to forget- or have a difficult time putting our finger on the pulse of what keeps the warmth and love circling about our homes in the midst of chaotic times and seasons. Many times our thoughts come back around to point in our direction as the magic makers. As Women and Mothers it's in our nature to nurture. To create a sense of warmth, safety and feeling of home. One of the best ways we can start or continue to create a loving atmosphere is by having a clean heart and a clean home. Just like cleaning a home, the cleaning of our hearts is the same principle. The seasonal cobwebs, the seasonal dust and yes- the daily maintenance of care which keeps our hearts and homes healthy and happy.
It's all easier said than done!
Everydayhomemaker.com says this:
Sometimes maintaining one’s home can seem like a fruitless waste of time—no matter how much you clean, things continue to get messy. Instead of getting discouraged or wanting to give up, turning our heart towards cleaning should be to make our home a comfortable and pleasing retreat for our family and a welcoming and warm hub for hospitality (Heb. 13:2). With these goals in mind, cleaning takes on a new meaning that is no longer focused on perfection but on maintaining a comfortable solace for your friends and family (Prov. 14:1). Too clean of a home can feel unwelcoming and restrictive. Create a balanced feeling of comfort.
Where’s the best place to begin? Take a look at your home with a different set of eyes. If we look at our home like a guest would, paying attention to details we normally may miss, sometimes we are surprised with what we find. Cleaning the details, such as dirty baseboards, food drippings on cabinets or walls, and cleaning the dust off our shelves adds a feeling of freshness to our homes that feels welcoming, safe, and comfortable. Would your guests feel cautious about sitting on your floors? Would showering or using your restroom be a pleasant experience? Would they be covered in pet hair by sitting on your couch? These are some questions to ask when cleaning your home.
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