The Difference Three Hours Can Make In Your Home
Special Note: This article is part of an intentional home series by Davonne Parks. To view the rest of the articles in this series, go here.
I rose early, resisting the temptation to snuggle in close to my husband and drift back to dreamland. Tiptoeing across the hardwood floor to the kitchen, I squinted at the glowing numbers on our microwave. Three hours. That’s all I had. I knew I couldn’t do everything I needed to in that amount of time.
But I could do something.
So I wiped the previous evening’s mascara from my eyes, brushed my teeth, and poured myself a glass of water.
“[The virtuous woman] also rises while it is yet night…” Proverbs 31:15, NKJV
Time to work, I told myself softly.
As I hurried, I silently echoed a phrase in my mind: Love them enough to give them a soft place to land. Focused on that thought, I rapidly waded through clutter, scrubbed counters and swept floors, glancing often at the clock.
Only three hours. But it made a difference.
“Our kitchens are where we pour love into the foods we make, reconnect as a family, entertain guests, sit and linger over coffee with friends, and where many childhood memories are made.” – Davonne Parks, Chaos to Clutter-Free
“Remember that the less there is, the less there is to clean. And, the less stuff there is, the more usable space you will have.” – Davonne Parks, Chaos to Clutter-Free
Wanting an easy success, I tackled the bathroom and hallway next.
By this time, my husband was up so I moved to the master bedroom. It took exactly 30 minutes to make our room feel clean again. Things like repairing the mirror, hemming curtains, and updating the décor can wait.
And then I decided that, bad allergies or not, it was time for my sleeping beauties to rise and shine.
By this time I was tired of cleaning and wanted to move on with my day. But I knew I could push through for just a little longer, so I did a 30-minute power session in our school and play room. Some things got put away. Other items were simply shoved aside. Even with a clutter pile in the corner, the space felt much more inviting again.
Far from perfect. But so much better. Three hours (and sixteen minutes). That’s all it took to create a calmer environment, a soft place for my family to land at the end of a long day.
While I’m not an advocate of regularly missing sleep (I believe rest is good and God-ordained!), sometimes we need to skip something else in order to care for our homes, especially when we’re in a very busy season. Whether it’s missing a favorite television show, grounding ourselves from our phone for a day, waking up a little early, or staying up a little late, we can all carve out just a little time to bless our loved ones by creating a more inviting home environment.
Even if you don’t have three hours, I want to challenge you to find 15 minutes. While more time would be wonderful, anything you can offer today will be a blessing.
Personal Thought/Application Question: How will you carve out time to bless your home this week?
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I started doing this last week. I used to clean regularly, but this summer I don’t think I swept more than twice per month, maybe vacuumed twice the whole summer (partly because a belt broke but that was fixed in a week). So last week, to honor the beginning of school, the kids and I went through the whole house except the master bedroom and bathroom, cleaned the floors and put everything away. What a difference! And since then I have been staying up after my husband leaves for work (between 3 and 5am depending on the day) so that I can get a few things done, like bible study, before the kids wake up. Such a good feeling! Thanks for the inspiration and helpful tips!
I love hearing this, Evelyn! So glad you’re feeling encouraged at home and have a good system. Decluttering makes a HUGE difference!
I would recommend instilling responsibility and cleanliness in kids early (and encouraging it in spouses too). More hands make light work.
Yes! 100% agree, Sarah!
I’ve been working on clearing out the clutter. Both kids are in school now so it felt like a good point to clear out the pantry and cupboards, get rid of old/never-gonna-eat-it stuff and it’s made a world of a difference!
I plan on taking the quiet hours I have at home, when I’m not working, and just moving through the house to purge the useless things. It’s all it is….things. If I haven’t used it/touched it/worn it in 6 months!? Why keep it!
I agree! Purge, purge, purge!
I appreciate this. I know a clean or at least tidy house is important. This year two of my dear friends lost their husbands..early ..50 yrs old. I think of that every time I have an opportunity to snuggle 15 or 20 minutes more in the morning. You can’t put a value on that. Dishes can wait..clothes be worn out of the basket..I am holding my husband..or pka ting with my child.
I’m so sorry your friends have suffered such heartbreaking loss, Barb.