180. Clean Up

There are neat freaks in the world. Then, there are the likes of me. I wouldn't say I am the most disorganized person in the world, but I have had challenges over the years keeping things neat. That's why I think marrying a neat freak has helped me to shape up!

Now, I know what you may be thinking. Why on earth are you writing a post about cleaning up? I don't know about you, but there are some times the state of my desks, book shelves, closets, kitchen, laundry room, and every other space in a disarray has a way of mirroring my life.

The junk that we allow to pile up has a way of showing us the state of our spirit. 

What have we allowed to pile up in our lives? What else is full of chaos? My 7th grade science teacher used to call our messy tables chaotic clutter, and as I grew older I finally understood what she meant. Sometimes we just need a really good clean to rid ourselves of the mess that we have floating through our lives.

I woke up this morning and dedicated three straight hours to cleaning my house. My house wasn't a pigsty by any means, I just wanted to do some deep cleaning that I haven't been able to get to for the past 3 weeks or so. I scrubbed the bathroom and kitchen from top to bottom, got the laundry down to empty baskets, pulled clothes out the closets and rearranged some things, washed and cleaned all dishes, so forth and so on. 

While I was cleaning, I was plugged in. I switched between Bishop TD Jakes's sermons and Dr. Eric Thomas's motivational videos through Breathe University. I didn't speak. I just cleaned and listened.

That small action did something to me. It provided a type of clarity I think I lack during the week. Because I'm always on the go, trying to get my goals in order, some days I don't just stop to listen. Stop to think. Stop to reflect and gain clarity. I think it was the cleaning session that allowed me to empty out the contents of my spirit and recharge for the week.

After the cleaning, my husband and I went to a movie. When we came back to the house, it was such a noticeable difference. The place felt wider, more open, and inviting. I also felt like I didn't have to stress about spending an entire evening preparing for my week, when I dedicated the morning to getting everything in order to begin with.

You may be a neat freak and probably won't need this advice. But, there are some people out there that needs to take in these following words:

Clean up. Organize your desks. Straighten your shelves. Scrub the floors. Get the laundry done. Sometimes cleaning our physical space gives us a necessary clarity to do some spiritual cleansing as well. Cleaning can give you a much needed energy to start the week off right, to reflect on your previous days and work performances, and to engage in prayer and meditation. 

Let's get to cleaning.