Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Intentional Home: Introduction and Table of Contents


Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here, I’ve already been praying for you. You have made a conscious decision to read this "book" which means you’ve decided to make a few changes in the way you live. I applaud you for taking the first step.

This "book" has been on my heart for quite sometime. God has revealed over and over to me that taking care of your home and family is indeed a high calling. It requires the daily sacrificing of self to create a lovely, peaceful haven for you and your family. What many of you may not have come to realize yet is that anytime you sacrifice yourself for another, you will get the greatest reward. There is no difference in being diligent about keeping your home, you will indeed reap the benefits.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship. 
Romans 12:1 

Why does having a clean house matter in the big scheme of things? I believe that you will be of greater service to God if you create a home that gives peace to your soul. If your home is in chaos, you will not be able to find the rest that each one of us needs for one thing. If you are embarrassed about the state of your home, you will not invite others into your home and have a chance to build relationships and minister to others. If you are consumed and overwhelmed by the magnitude of disarray at home this will inhibit you from giving your time in other ways, like volunteering at church, a local cause that you care about, or your children’s school.

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 5:8 

So, that is the why. Now, this is the how. I will guide you in a seven week program to cut the clutter, add beauty to your home, clean your home and then equip you to keep your home clean with minimal effort. Sound good? For some of you, this may be a much larger task than others. If you need to take more time than I have allowed, you are more than welcome. But, I urge you to push through, you will be so glad that you did when it is all said and done.

How to Use this “Book”

Each day, except Sundays, over the next six weeks you will be given a task that will involve either cutting down on clutter or beautifying your space. Along with that task, I will be giving you daily chores that will be compounding as the weeks go by. Just because we are focusing our attention on getting rid of clutter, the laundry and dishes will still keep coming. By the seventh week (or however long it takes you to get there) you will have a clean, clutter-free haven. The seventh week we will focus on our regular cleaning schedule that will take around 30 minutes a day to maintain your wonderful new home. I hope you are excited! You’re going to love your new home! Let’s get started on Monday!

Table of Contents
*as I add new blog posts over the next seven weeks, then I will add  the links for easy access
**this book is set up in this order for a reason, I highly recommend that you work through the book in the order I have given you

Introduction (see above)

Week One (the master bedroom)

Week Two (bathrooms)

Week Three (living areas)

Week Four (kitchen, pantry, laundry room)

Week Five (closets)

Week Six (other bedrooms, paperwork)

Week Seven (week of rest)


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