Monday, November 5, 2012

Guide Rule #3

Clear away clutter:

Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, papers, etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables.
Over the winter months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

I have to admit that I actually enjoy cleaning, the only problem is that I love to deep clean my house, constantly. My husband, on the other hand, doesn't really notice the deep cleaning but does notice if there is clutter laying around, therefore the house will look dirty to him if there's clutter regardless if I spent 6 hours of the day deep cleaning and not organizing and putting things away. 
A home does feel better when it's clutter free. Not only is it easier to walk around, find things and have available space to place items on tables and counters but it also is visually pleasing too. I wouldn't want to come home from my office desk that has papers and post-its and pens and forms and Lord knows whatever else and then deal with clutter around the house.
Lets think about this for a minute. As humans, especially in the busy world we live in now, we are constantly on the go and don't have as much free time to de-clutter. Our vehicles looked "lived-in" our work desk looked "lived-in" our home computer tables can have an appearance of being "lived-in" our closets, our bathroom vanities, the kitchen, our dinning room table, the entry table, etc. We are constantly placing things down in a rush to get something else that we don't always remember to go back through and put whatever item we placed down back in its home.
What if you don't have time to put the clutter away once you get home from work or school because you're trying to apply Guide Rule #1 'Have Dinner Ready' then consider a maid service and if you can't afford that then higher someone you trust such as a neighbor or friend or even a niece or nephew that wants to earn extra cash. If you have older children start paying them to particularly organize and put clutter away from 5-6pm, or whatever time you choose. There's always a way to get around to getting something done that you really want to or that you deem important.
Now, lets talk about keeping your husband warm during the colder seasons. If you don't have a fireplace or live in a place that doesn't really get cold enough to use one then consider placing out some fresh blankets on the sofa. These will not only keep your loving man nice and warm if it's a bit nippy but it will also bring a sense of romance as you cuddle under it together while watching TV or a movie. Of course you can always put the heater on if you don't have a fireplace but I'd opt for the blankets, they're just more romantic.
Happy housekeeping and remember, you'll get what you give!

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Matthew 19:6