Growing up, my mom always prepped us for the New Year by making us clean out our entire home. Weeks prior to the New Year, we would spend our weekends cleaning out all closets, all kitchen cabinets, all bathroom cabinets, and all the floors. Any space in our home, big or small, would have the New Year clean. Now that I am older, I find myself doing the same in my home. It is very true when they say, “train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). I randomly find myself doing any and everything my mother taught me, and majority of the time I cannot stop it. I’ve digressed. Let’s continue.
This week, I have made time to clean almost every space in our home. We washed all the linens (clothes, kitchen towels, bathroom towels, sheets, curtains). Cleaned out all cabinets, drawers, and bins, and floors. We replaced the Master bedroom, and bathroom floor this week as well. Replacing our floors was already an idea when we purchased our house, so no, we did not do this just because we are approaching a new year. However, it feels really good not having to worry about going into 2017 with carpet! We also dusted almost anything that could be dusted, and wiped and disinfected the entire house. This may sound like a lot, but you’ll be surprised to find out how much you can actually clean in a few hours.
As I enter into 2017, I want to enter fresh and clean. I do this by decluttering my mind, reflecting on what went well, and what did not go so well. I believe your mind is also controlled by your space. I spend quite a bit of time in my home. So in my mind, it makes sense to treat my home with the same respect. Remember your home is a sanctuary. Keeping it clean will make you feel more optimistic during your time spent at home, and you will find yourself more motivated to work on other tasks. For example, I am more likely to read, journal, or practice my yoga when my house is nice and tidy.
Yes, it is important to keep the home clean year round, but as we all get busy throughout the year, an end of the year deep cleaning can make a huge difference. This is a family tradition that my future kids will also get accustomed to. They will be participating at a very young age, this will be deeply rooted in them, lol!
What traditions have you or your family participated in to start or end a year?