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Clear the Clutter in Your Homeschool • Podcast Ep 42

Welcome to my Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series! For the next several weeks I will have special blog posts, videos, and podcast episodes related to this topic. Be sure to subscribe here and stay updated!

Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home:

Clear the Clutter in Your Homeschool

 

It’s that time of year. We are spring cleaning our homes and definitely our homeschools. How many of us vow every spring, while looking back at a no-so-stellar year, that next year will be different? Next year will be the year where you get it right and have the best curriculum and the best schedule?

We all do.

Truth is, right now is all we have. So, let’s talk about how we can clear the clutter in our homeschools (physical and mental) and make the most of every moment. From books to supplies, to endless piles of stuff, let’s get in there and clear the clutter. I am sharing all about how we keep homeschool clutter to a minimum, how to know what “stuff” to keep and what to purge, and most importantly, how to focus on what matters most. The more we seek Jesus, the less stuff we find we need cluttering up our homeschool and our life.

 

 

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Cleaning Up For Company?

Welcome to my Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series! For the next several weeks I will have special blog posts, videos, and podcast episodes related to this topic. Be sure to subscribe here and stay updated!

Say the word, “friends coming over,” and I’ve been known to get my house in tip-top shape. I remember years ago, early on in my home keeping years, that was the motivation for many house projects.

It all started when we moved into our first home a month prior to my daughter’s 1st birthday. If that doesn’t get you unpacking quickly and working on projects, then I don’t know what will 😉 I remember that month we were in full blown decorating and project mode to prepare for our first party in our new home. The trouble is, looking back I realize my focus was on how things looked (or perhaps impressing my guests) rather than who was visiting my home.

As the years went on, I remember we’d have a playgroup weekly in our home or family gatherings, or Bible studies. It always seemed to be the motivator to make my house “look” just right. I remember many last minute trips to Home Goods because I wanted things just so.

Sigh.

I look back at those times and realize how wrong my mindset was. Cleaning up for company is not a life I want to live. 

I want to show my family that we always should strive for order and neatness and not just when company is coming. Furthermore, decorating binges on the eve of family gathering, so everything looks picture perfect, is really just putting up a facade.

I want my life to be real and authentic. I want my home to show its imperfections if need be, because the truth is I am not a decorator (nor do I really want to be. 😉 ) I don’t want the illusion that I have it all together when the truth is if you open a closet, things are falling apart.

I now live with the mindset that my home should look and feel comfortable for the people who live here everyday and not just for those visiting. I make it a point to pick up throughout the day, out of respect for those who live here. Sometimes I even try to set the table special at dinner with the good cloth napkins and matching plates and glasses, even if I don’t have to, just because going that extra step makes those who live here know they are worth the extra effort.

I also know that days come when I can’t keep up with the piles, or the dishes sit in the sink, or the laundry is not put away, or we’ve eaten on paper plates in the living room, and frankly, if someone stops by, so be it. This is real life. I don’t want to put up a facade in my home or in my life. I believe whole heartedly in being 100% real with all those I come in contact with. Even if it means someone stops over and I haven’t cleared the dust bunnies.

Cleaning up for company is not a way of life. I am much more relaxed when I do little jobs often, rather than one big cleaning job weekly. The house is presentable at all times, and it also tells my family that we respect our home and I respect them.

Do you find you clean up for company more than for those who live in your home? Choose today to change your mindset. Stay on top of little tasks, and let those who live in your home know they are just as important as comany.

And next time you you have a big gathering, focus on how people feel in your home, rather than how it looks. People and relationships over stuff wins every time.

People and relationships over stuff, win every time.

For other posts in this series click here—>SPRING CLEANING SERIES

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Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series: Simple Homemade Cleaners: Purify Hearts and Home

Simple Homemade Cleaners

 

Welcome to my Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series! For the next several weeks I will have special blog posts, videos, and podcast episodes related to this topic. Be sure to subscribe here and stay updated!

Spring Cleaning Our Homes

I have used vinegar and water to clean for years. It’s super cheap, non-toxic, and naturally cleans. I use it in a spray bottle mixed with water and sometimes a few drops of essential oils (lemon or thieves) and I am good to go.

I use this mixture for my countertops, sink, kitchen appliances, windows, and floors. I love it!

I also use it on the bathroom sink and counter and for daily spraying down the shower and toilet. I use a traditional cleaner in the bathroom every so often (maybe weekly) but for daily use, I spray everything down with my good ol‘ spray bottle of vinegar and water!

I also use this as a dusting spray. I don’t have many pieces of furniture or knick knacks, but this works well when sprayed on a rag for dusting.

As I prepare to get my house in order and do some Spring cleaning, I am making sure to have plenty of this cleaner on hand. It is extremely inexpensive and really works. My Spring cleaning involves putting screens back in windows, cleaning inside and outside of all windows, slider doors, etc., and this does a fantastic job.

Vinegar and Water Homemade Cleaner

Mix half water and half white vinegar in spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oils for extra cleaning power and fragrance! (lemon, lavender, thieves, etc.)

TIP: I buy the large gallon of vinegar at Sams Club for about $2 a bottle and it lasts me awhile.

Spring Cleaning Our Hearts

Anyone who has followed me awhile knows that simple living is about so much more than just decluttering and getting rid of stuff. I truly believe when we accumulate stuff it is often a  heart issue, and being able to live with less often takes an evaluation of our hearts. So I will always try and relate simplifying beyond the externals. (Read about the remedy to clutter and chaos here. Or visit my YouTube channel and watch my workshop: The Remedy to Clutter and Chaos).

Preparing to Spring Clean our homes is a good time to also refresh our hearts and evaluate our spiritual life.

As I was preparing the post, my mind turned to how does this relate to our hearts? I realized very quickly, it relates quite the same! I try to use as little chemicals and junk as possible when cleaning because of the effects that it can have on us physically, so when evaluating “cleaning” our hearts and getting rid of the clutter that may fill up our minds, keep in mind that we should use the best, most efficient, non-toxic cleaner there is. And you know what that is…The Bible! 

So quickly we can junk up our minds with toxic thoughts and our hearts with junk. Let’s vow this spring to stay fixed on His pure thoughts and His pure words. Let’s keep it simple by going to His Word before any other thought. Let’s pore over His Word more than ever and get our spirit renewed and refreshed. No extra fancy or junk “chemicals” needed. Just His pure words overflowing in our hearts and minds.

The best way to purify ourselves is to remind us of His truths. God’s promises and His Word can truly cleanse us from the inside out.

What are your simple tips for Spring Cleaning? Are you preparing your heart as much as your home?
Share below!

For other posts in this series click here—>SPRING CLEANING SERIES

Learn more about having less stuff and MORE JESUS this summer!

Grab a ticket now before prices go up!

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Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

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