Fall Cleaning Challenge

The great preacher, John Wesley, once commented in a sermon, “Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness”.  As I look around my house, I am glad that I can be sure Mr. Wesley won’t be stopping by today.  The truth is, whether we’re talking about our spiritual lives or our earthly lives, it is easy to get used to coasting along.  We fill our days with superficial things, all the while becoming blind to the mounting rubbish that we’re accumulating.  If we can just keep the dirt out of focus, we can put off dealing with it for another day.

Today I challenge you to look closely; first at your daily spiritual habits (have you let your Bible reading slide or neglected praying?) and then at the place you call home.  Although the former has eternal value, the later should not be lost in the shuffle of life here on earth.  I am meeting the second part of this challenge by starting an in-depth cleaning of my home.  Beginning this week, I will be looking into every corner for intruders that shouldn’t be here – from the cobwebs along the ceiling to the crumbs at the back of my drawers.  My plan is to give each week a new focus room and have a rejuvenated home by the end of October.

Join me today as I haul out my dusters and buckets.  I am concentrating this week on my kitchen.  To keep me on task, I’ve developed a checklist.  I will be including it, in case you’d like to freshen your life too.  I realize that each home is different, so you will have to adjust this list for your own situation. 

Download your free printable kitchen checklist here:

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist



P.S.  One way to make cleaning fun is to make “new” discoveries.  One saying of mine that my children could probably quote is “you never know what you’ll find when you clean”.  I cheated and started cleaning my kitchen yesterday and already have made a “find”.  I’ll post it next week and would encourage you to discover forgotten things as you clean this week.  We can share our discoveries and laugh over them!

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5 thoughts on “Fall Cleaning Challenge

  1. Mary Ann Young says:

    I am almost afraid to take up the challenge, Heidi. Here in Florida that “find” will probably include one or two dead and fossilized lizards.

    • Heidi says:

      Funny, each time I was reaching into the back of a cupboard this week to clean it out, I was thinking that if I lived in a warmer climate, I might be finding more than I bargained for – LOL!

  2. Diana says:

    Loving to read these. Like your light humor that makes me smile. Just reflecting on my find a few weeks ago. I was sorting through a miscellaneous paper pile, which is not fun, wondering what to do with it all, when II found that somehow I had managed to leave $81 amongst the pile. That was a fun find! God bring can cause things that we least expect to cheer us on our journey. Have been enjoying your stories and insite.

  3. Diana McCoy says:

    Love reading these, Heidi. Like your light humor in your stories- makes me smile! Just thinking about one of my finds while sorting through a pile of miscellaneous papers. As I was sorting through the tedious job of wondering what to do with it all, I found $81 in between some papers. That was a fun find. God sends little surprises to us that help us along the journey. Have been enjoying your thoughts and they are a blessing just when I need uplifting. Diana

    • Heidi says:

      Eighty-one dollars! Now that is motivation to clean! I was JUST reading this Psalm this morning – Psalm 34:10 – The young lions do lack and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”

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