We’ve all heard the saying, “A cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind.” I find that this quote always tends to sneak into my mind when my house starts to get a little messier than usual and now that spring cleaning season is in full effect, it seems to echo a little louder.
In this day and age where everything is fast-paced and on-the-go, it’s hard to slow down and find time to dedicate to things that fall to the wayside, like home management.
Having a clean and tidy home is super important to maintaining a happy and healthy life and it may seem simple, but if you’re anything like me, staying on top of cleaning and organizing can be a daunting task.
In times like these, especially since its spring cleaning season, turning on an encouraging audiobook will give you just the right motivation you need to get started. We’ve pulled four inspiring tips from Having a Martha Home The Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul, by Sarah Mae, narrated by C. S. E. Cooney.
- Start Simple
Starting the cleaning process is probably the hardest part for most of us. The best advice for getting started is to ease into it. Mae has spread out her cleaning tasks into 31 days, so that you are completing small tasks each day. This will be easier to maintain in the long run.
- Stay Balanced
As the title states, Having a Martha Home The Mary Way focuses on the values of both sisters, Martha and Mary and how they are both essential in successfully running a home. At the end of each chapter, Mae provides both a Mary challenge and a Martha challenge. The Martha challenges are actionable tasks such as doing the dishes or clearing up junk mail, while the Mary challenges are thought-provoking and help you work toward cleaning your soul alongside your home.
- Seek Help When Needed
It’s so easy to take on everything yourself, but everyone needs help sometimes. Mae suggests enlisting your children’s help on certain tasks, but if you don’t have children you could ask a friend or spouse– whatever you need to get the job done.
- Accept Failures
Let’s face it, no one is perfect, but striving to do your best every day is all that matters. As Mae states, you can’t go wrong when you’re walking by faith. If you miss a day of cleaning, accept your failure, accept that you’re human – tomorrow is another day.
Sarah Mae wants to let you in on a little secret about being a good homemaker: It’s not about having a clean house. She’d never claim to be a natural, organized cleaner herself-yet, like you, she wants a beautiful space to call home, a place where people feel loved and at peace. Where people can really settle in with good food, comfy pillows, and wide-open hearts. Is it possible to find a balance? To care for your heart-and your home-at the same time?
Journey with Sarah Mae on this easy, practical 31-day plan to get you moving and have your house looking and feeling fresh. But even more than that, you’ll gain a new vision for the home of your dreams, and how to make it a place of peace, comfort, and community. Having a Martha Home the Mary Way will inspire you to find a happier, healthier, and cleaner way to live.
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