Clean Sweep

I loved, loved, loved watching the show “Clean Sweep”, when we still had that channel. The transformation always left me in awe of what was possible.
There is so much more out there that I could enjoy if only…
If only I wouldn’t accummulate so much stuff…
If only I wouldn’t hang on to things that I don’t really need… that I won’t need EVER…
If only I could be so disciplined and put things away where they belong…
If only…
If only…
I used to wish that someone would come and clean my place regularly. But not anymore. You see, I had that privilege for almost a year, and I don’t want it back. When my kids were little, we had au-pair girls staying with us. They looked after the kids while I was at work, and they did minor cooking, some cleaning etc. But then one day A. came to stay for a year. She was a great girl, her English was very good, and she worked real hard to improve her German. She was great with the kids, but most of all, she was a good Christian girl, who loved Jesus dearly. BUT: she was also a clean freak. Our place was clean, clean, clean ALL the time. She’d clean up EVERYTHING!!! I couldn’t leave a shred of paper lying anywhere, next thing I knew, it was gone. It was quite the adjustment for us. Even the girls would have trouble finding their toys again, because their room was so thouroughly cleaned and the toys were so thouroughly organized.
I am a very creative person, and I need my place to look lived in. Not dirty, no, I do like a dust free environment. But I do love having certain things around me. Like my books I’m reading, or my knitting on the couch in front of the TV… To some people my house might look messy. But since I don’t have a room to live out all my creativity, I’m forced to do it the living and dining room areas, but mostly in my dining room. That dining room table is my sewing place, my crafting place, my painting place… Everything happens on that table, except maybe eating. I miss sitting around a table for a meal. I miss that a lot. But once I start a sewing project, it’s just hard to clean the table off for every meal.
But the reason I actually thought about writing about a “clean sweep” is that I had to do a huge clean sweep when my daughter left for 5 months, and she left her room in the biggest mess I’ve ever seen. Today, I wish I had taken pictures before I cleaned it up. It took me a WHOLE day to do just one room. But now it’s clean and you can actually see the floor (big smile here!!!) and how big the room actually is. So once it was clean I took some pictures to show my daughter what is possible. I’ve shown her the room since on skype. But I’ll post a few pictures just to remind us all of what is possible.

This morning, as I was reading in my chronological Bible, I came across 2 Corinthians 14:33a:

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…”

So here you have it: even God doesn’t like a mess! Have a peaceful and messy-less week everyone!

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