The following is a post from Joyce at Keeping Up With the Moys.
Around this time of year, many people get the itch to do some spring cleaning. It is a whirlwind from the holidays on, and it is March before we realize the Christmas ornaments are still taking up residence in the garage, right in the middle of the path from the house to the car. True story. No matter how disorganized the rest of my house is, I usually try my hardest to make sure our bedroom is tidy. However, it has been a bit crazy the past few weeks, and I let a few things pile up.
Yes, we have foldable bikes in our room. *sigh* It has been worse with stuff all over the bed…my stuff, his stuff, the kids’ stuff, random stuff… It’s all relative whether the above photos of my bedroom are clean or messy. :p The point is that when it is in a state of disorganization, I don’t feel like our bedroom is our sanctuary, which it needs to be for the sake of our marriage. It needs to be a safe place where I can retreat to have quiet moments with my husband, away from the kids (we love them, but really, they’re kids), away from the busyness, away from the stresses, and away from other things that weigh us down.
Even if the rest of your home is not all that great, a place of sanctuary, a peaceful place of rest to spent time with your husband is in order. When I rise in the morning, I don’t need to see a pile of stuff beckoning me to the chaos of another day. I need to wake up to refreshment, that it is a new day with a blank canvas. When I go to bed in the evening, I don’t need to see a pile of stuff to remind me of the day’s uncompleted tasks. I need to go to sleep knowing that what I did was enough for that day. I want my husband to know that I am not thinking about the million of other things on my checklist when I am spending time with him, and having a more organized bedroom is definitely a big help for me.
And if you know me, you know what’s coming up next…
- Remove things in your room that don’t belong to either of you.
- Dust the headboard, and any other areas around your bed.
- Dust under the bed. A Swiffer sweeper is great for this.
- Clean the mirror. Thank goodness for microfiber cloths!
- Spend 5-10 minutes each day making sure the floor is uncluttered and things are put back in their place. A little goes a long way!
Update: In my last post about Marriage Goals in Action, I gave you 3 action steps to take. One of them was to schedule some Date Nights. I scheduled a date night for every 3rd Monday of the month on our Google calendar, and so far we have been able to go out sans kiddos in January and in February. This month, the mom’s group I am in is organizing a night out, and in April, our church is also organizing a night out for the couples with young kids. Hooray for a communities that encourage parents to grow in their marriage!
Are you a spring cleaner? Is your bedroom your sanctuary? If not, what is one thing you can do this week to make it a sanctuary?