A crucial part of finding inner peace is being able to feel peaceful and relaxed in your own home. If you have had a long and stressful day, it is vital that your home is a welcoming sanctuary that you can feel at peace in. Do you feel relaxed when you walk through your front door? Or are you immediately overwhelmed by reminders of all the chores that you need to do? I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to your inner peace to maintain a clean and tidy home that you can relax in.
Maintaining a clean and tidy home comes more easily to some of us than others. I have some good friends whose homes seem to effortlessly exude welcoming peace the moment you step through the front door. My home doesn’t always do that – in fact, you are more likely to be greeted by a jumble of children’s shoes and bags as you walk through the doorway. But I keep trying.
For the last few years, I have subscribed to a website called Flylady.net. If you have never come across Flylady, please do have a look at the website; I highly recommend it. What you will find are simple step-by-step instructions for getting your home in order, without spending all your free time cleaning. That last part is very important, especially if you don’t much enjoy cleaning (if you do enjoy cleaning, I’m willing to bet you don’t need help organising your home…). As I mentioned in my last post about exercise, it’s really important to establish a regular routine that you can stick to. If you tend to do nothing in your home for weeks on end and then try to tidy everything up and clean everything all at once, it’s going to take all day, you will feel exhausted when you have finished and you won’t want to do it all again any time soon. It’s much better to establish a regular routine of doing just a few minutes a few times a day – Flylady can teach you exactly how to do this.
Flylady emphasizes the importance of decluttering – of getting rid of those items in your home that you do not use or love. I completely agree with this. It is hard for your home to feel peaceful if it is crammed full of objects that do not bring you joy. Decluttering is really hard – I still struggle with it – but the benefits are so worthwhile.
I’m naturally disorganized, and I do have to admit that I struggle with the Flylady system – there are a lot of emails, and in the beginning it feels as if there are a lot of things to remember. I’m impatient by nature and I try to jump in and do too much all at once, and then I run out of time and my good intentions start to slide. But, I do believe that the system works if you stick with it consistently. So, if you have struggled to keep your home clean and tidy and have not yet found a system that works for you, please check out Flylady.net and consider signing up to the emails – if nothing else, they will act as a constant reminder to you of your commitment to bring peace to your home, and even if you only do a little at a time, it will quickly add up to real and visible progress.
Do you have your own method of keeping your home tidy? I happen to like the Flylady system, but I know it’s not for everyone, so if you have an alternative, please share it in the comments below.