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Twice a year we do a good deep cleaning of our house. The first deep clean is just after we’re done using the fireplace for the year. Then we do one more deep clean before we get out the Christmas decorations. They usually fall sometime in the spring and fall.
Since we’re pulling out the Christmas decorations in the next few weeks 😮🤗we’ve been deep cleaning room by room.
We start by making our own cleaning products and storing them in labeled spray bottles. We’ve been doing this for the past several years and we find that it’s cheaper, easier, and better for us than what we can buy at the store. After a little internet searching, we’ve found recipes for a bathroom cleaner, furniture polish, and disinfectant spray using regular white vinegar, Dawn dish soap, olive oil, essential oils, and spices or herbs for scent.
Then we start by what we call “company cleaning” the room. Just putting everything in its place and tidying the room.
If there are a few items that we know we won’t use or we don’t want, we put them in the donation pile. Once that’s done, we pull out all the furniture and sweep the floor. Having three dogs, two indoor cats, and a fireplace, dust and pet dander tend to pile up. Depending on what room we’re cleaning at the time we’ll either use the vacuum cleaner (similar one here), a dust mop, or a broom and dustpan followed by mopping the floor with our Swiffer mop. Sometimes it’s even a combination. Creating a dirt pile and sweeping it up with the vacuum and then mopping.
Once the floor has been thoroughly cleaned, we’ll continue by dusting all the furniture. We’ll use our homemade dusting solution and the feather duster for the ceiling fans. And then we’ll run the vacuum one more time to clean up all the dust bunnies. We recently bought a steam cleaner as well (similar one here). So, we’ll also steam clean areas that need it as well. The walls, the hardwood floor, or the kitchen cabinets.
This process can be a little time-consuming so we’ve broken it down and tried to do a room or two per week while maintaining the other areas of the house. Even though it takes a while, it’s worth it in the end. The house is clean, it’s easier to keep it clean, and a whole lot easier to decorate for Christmas. We just have to run the vacuum and move some furniture around instead of having to clean everything first!
We typically spend a few weeks deep cleaning each time. In addition to maintaining the weekly cleaning and dusting, the laundry, and the dishes. And it makes me wonder: How often do we deep clean our souls?
Do we take time each day to pray and spend time in God’s Word the same way we make sure our house is tidied? Are we evaluating the clutter in our souls the same way that we look at our physical clutter? Are there beliefs, or lies that we keep holding onto because we’re too afraid to let go? Are we sweeping up the cobwebs in the corners or letting things fester until the mess is nearly out of control?
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be whiter than snow…Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
~Psalm 51:7 & 10