In the olden days, sometime between the Dawn of Time and flared trousers, we would heat our homes with coal, oil and wood during the seasonal cold weather. Winter was the time to trap in heat, along with the soot and ashes from the candle-lit fires. On the first warm, dry day, the family would take all the furniture out and scrub, sweep, wash and dust away all the dingy grime. The home was now a fresh habitat, ready for the next season. Oh, they would bring their furniture back in too.
What about modern times? The tradition of spring cleaning has continued, but what does it look like now? It’s thought that a kitchen and bedroom takes 1-2 hours each, a bathroom up to an hour also for a living room; the dining room only 30 minutes. Imagine the time it takes at Buckingham Palace!
Reviving our homes is like renewing our lives.
Disinfectants– Deals with the bacteria (germs) responsible for ill-health. What actions could we adopt to improve our physical, mental and spiritual health? Ask God to give you strength to make good health choices.
Detergents– A degreaser to remove the build-up of grime. This process involves hot water and “elbow grease” where great effort is needed to clean and consequently develop strong arm muscles. It may take effort to work on things which have built up in our lives. Situations may seem like we’re swimming in hot water too. “As for God, His way is perfect. The word of the Lord is tested and tried. He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him.” Psalm18v30.
Bleach- A widely known chemical that can eliminate whiffs, colour, germs and stains. This is a perfect companion for tackling a kitchen/bathroom spring clean. Who will you call upon to help you tackle some things this year?
Brush & Dustpan– A useful tool, which works more effectively as a set. Brushing dirt away is good, but it’s even better to bin it. My life has gathered stuff which actually needs to be swept up and discarded. How about you?
Air fresheners– Be warned they often just mask an underlying cause of odour. ‘Sunshine petals with jasmine filled pillows of vanilla clouds’ will not banish the aroma of blocked drains. Let us not pretend with God. “He is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge…” Psalm 18 v2.