There is an old picture of me and my mom when I was about three years old, standing next to her as she was cleaning out the oven. I was wearing those bright yellow rubber gloves (which reached almost to my shoulders) to go with the bright smile I wore on my face. As she diligently scraped remnants of chicken casserole with her Brillo sponge, I was happily at her side assisting her. I.e., handing her the Lysol and degreaser.
Strange as it sounds to most people, I’ve always loved to clean. I’m not sure where I inherited my clean gene or why I love it so much, but I imagine it has something to do with the fact that I thrive in orderly environments. And I believe as stewards of our home, we are called to care for what has been entrusted to us.
With busy, demanding schedules, it can be challenging to run an efficient and orderly home. Not necessarily one that unrealistically sparkles, but one that reflects being good stewards of what we have.
I’ve always been fascinated by the creation story. When I was little, like in that picture by the oven, I was captivated how our God simply spoke the world into being and formed man from the dust of the ground. As I grew up, I began wondering why this all-powerful God of the whole universe took six days to create what He could have chosen to create with a single breath.
What I discovered is that God didn’t need six days to create the world because it was just too taxing for Him. But He chose to use this example to model order for us. Unlike other versions of the creation story – ones birthed in chaos – God is a God of order. As He created something each of those six days, we can practice that same example to bring a sense of order into our homes.
Below is an example of my weekly cleaning schedule. We have a split level with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Of course, this is merely a template. Yours may look different depending on the size of your house and what your schedule looks like, but it gives a simple picture of how to make taking care of your home less overwhelming and more orderly using our Maker’s beautiful example.
Monday: Laundry, Vacuum Laundry Room, Dust Laundry Room
Tuesday: Clean Half bath, Dust Living Room, Vacuum Living Room, Clean Living Room Windows, Cleaning Living Room Mirrors
Wednesday:Clean Full Bath, Dust Bedrooms, Clean Bedroom Windows, Clean Bedroom Mirrors/ Glass
Thursday: Clean Kitchen Floors, Clean Kitchen Appliances, Dust Dining Room, Clean Dining Room Floors, Clean Kitchen/Dining Room Windows
Friday: Weekly Meal Planning, Laundry, Grocery Shopping/ Errands