I spent part of my weekend cleaning areas in my house that I do not usually clean – kitchen cabinets, display items, even family china pieces. It was nice to get them cleaned and become reacquainted with them all. I found this quote and it perfectly expresses how I feel about our home, clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy. I like things clean and yet do not go ballistic when things get a bit grubby.
There is freedom in organization. What? That sounds strange – freedom in being organized? I said that to a friend this week and she laughed. I then explained that knowing where my car keys are, or my purse, or the mail or anything I need each week, helps me not to waste time fretting or finding those items. My brain can focus on other more important things than figuring out where I left X, Y or Z. And yes, I have a label maker and employ it often. My family mocks me for keeping things straight, which explains why I do not always jump to their aid when they cannot find what they did not put away. Put it where it belongs, then move on in peace.
That same phrase – put it where it belongs, then move on in peace – also applies to MANY other things in life. People who criticize, people who blame, people who make rude or unkind comments, or other people trying to get you to do what they do not want to do themselves…put it where it belongs (maybe the trash) then move on in peace. Letting things go is just as important in keeping things clean as it is in our personal relationships.
So today let me encourage you to keep things clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy….put it all where it belongs then move on in peace.