Simply...Living For Him, Spring Cleaning Series

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!

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Simply...Living For Him, Spring Cleaning Series

Podcast Episode 41• Simple Organization Tips in a Cluttered World

Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series

I am so very excited today to kick off my series, Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home! For the next several weeks, I will be sharing blog posts, videos, and special podcast episodes all related to this topic! Be sure to follow along (subscribe here and never miss a post!) and let’s encourage each other to declutter our homes and our hearts!
Today I am kicking off my Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series with some simple tips for organizing. Hear how I keep my home clutter-free as much as possible without any fancy tricks or systems. Just simple and easy tips to think about when you are Spring cleaning this year!

There will be more podcasts, blog posts, and videos coming all on the topic of Spring Cleaning over the next several weeks!

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Sometimes We Just Need to Unplug

This morning when I went to get on the internet the wifi was not working. I tried the usual fixes to work out the problem, but I just kept getting error messages.

So I went for the sure fire way to fix it:

I turned the wifi off and on again.

Voila! It worked. Sometimes technology is a little simpler than we realize. All the fixes I tried and it was as simple as turning it off and restarting it again.

Aren’t we just like that? We can all use a little rebooting sometimes.

I love this quote:

When I began our Simply Living for Him Retreat planning last year, I truly pictured just that. Women coming together to unplug for a bit and to recharge. I had actually originally called the retreat an “Unplugged Retreat.” However, I realized I didn’t want to make it all about the unplugging, nor did I want to police anyone that chose to bring their phones, etc. How each woman chose to take advantage of the weekend was entirely up to her.

But it is so true. Sometimes we just need to take a time away from it all to really see life more clearly. To step away from the noise, the clutter, the distractions….whatever may be hindering you the days.

  

We need to seek the Lord in a quiet place of rest and peace. A little time to truly listen without all of the noise of this world.

Women are so busy these days, whether it is working, mothering, homemaking, grandmothering, learning as a student…no matter what stage of life, we all need to stop and remember what we are living for…WHOM we are living for!

We need to step back and take our eyes off of this world and simply direct our gaze toward Him.

I love the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

That is my mission for this year’s Simply Living for Him Retreat. To encourage each woman to turn away from the things of this world, to turn toward Him, and focus on what is most important. Finally, then, to learn how to walk in it and turn our eyes upon Him each moment of each day.

Are you in need of a time of recharging? Are you feeling like you can’t get a handle on the day to day? Or do you just want to get away for some quiet and rest? Wherever you are these days, I would encourage you to take some time this summer to rest and recharge. Sometimes we don’t even realize how much we need that time until we are there.

I hope you would consider joining us this summer for our Simply Living for Him Retreat. We provide a time for women to take much-needed break to recharge and refocus. Because it is true…sometimes you just need to unplug in order to work again.

 

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

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

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