There is truly nothing like getting the urge to “spring clean” your house, is there? If you’re like me, it takes a while to finally get fed up with winter’s dust and stale energy, but when I do, it’s ON! That’s exactly what happened to me over the past weekend where I spent two FULL days deep cleaning my entire house. I know you know what I’m talking about. It’s a whirlwind of housekeeping that is nothing short of miraculous! The energy just comes in out of nowhere and when it’s all done you just look around in amazement! LOL!
I swept, mopped, polished the stainless steel, dusted the blinds and vacuumed the baseboards. I don’t have a housecleaning service and I’ve always cleaned my own home. Joe and I are pretty good about cleaning things as we go but I usually take responsibility for the deep stuff. Now you would assume that after two full days of physical, manual labor that I would be totally exhausted, right? But I’m actually just the opposite. I feel AMAZING! I feel light, free and energized. What in the world is going on here?
What is Housekeeping?
It may seem like an old fashioned word but it’s definitely something we all must do to keep our lives in order. The technical definition of Housekeeping is this:
Housekeeping refers to the management of duties and chores involved in the running of a household, such as cleaning, cooking, home maintenance, shopping, laundry and bill payment.
So whether you do these tasks yourself or hire someone to do it for you, there are certain things that must be done to keep our households running smoothly.
Can Housekeeping really lead to happiness?
I really began to ponder why I felt so amazing after doing a bunch of chores that I was
probably dreading just a week ago. What is it about working with our hands and doing simple tasks that make us feel good about ourselves?
Now, before you scoff at how housekeeping could possibly lead to happiness, hear me out! I understand that a lot of you work full time, have children to raise, mouths to feed and that some days you’re doing good just to keep it all afloat. The last thing you want to think about is cleaning the toilet. I get it.
But what if every now and then we look at it as an opportunity? If you really think about it, when the chores are done, you have to admit you feel pretty darn energized. You may be physically tired but your spirit is uplifted, right? You feel proud of yourself. That sense of accomplishment is amazing.
Also, when we’re working with our hands it can be quite meditative. I know when I’m scrubbing floors, or chopping onions, I’m not really thinking about much else.
I realize that many of you have someone that cleans your home or does the grocery shopping. You’ve gladly handed over the mundane tasks of housekeeping to someone else. The dusting, the scrubbing, sweeping, it all seems so archaic, old-fashioned and even beneath being worth our time. It’s as if caring for our own homes has no real value. That if we’re not spending our time being efficient, profitable and doing something “important”, that it’s best left for someone else to do. Besides, today’s modern woman has better things to do than being stuck at home doing “chores”, right?
The Value of Care Taking
I believe “housekeeping” has gotten a bad rap. We’ve been so eager to ditch all these responsibilities and let somebody else handle it. But what if we have a missed opportunity? What if we’re misunderstanding the hidden value of “care taking” in our daily lives. With all the talk of “self-care” these days, I want to argue the point that maybe the best way to care for ourselves or our families can sometimes be in the seemingly small, mundane tasks of daily living.
Take the way in which we make the bed for ourselves or a loved one. Do you think the energy field would be different if you lovingly changed the sheets instead of doing it out of a sense of obligation or burden? That you made sure it was done well instead of just slapping it together. I believe that the energy with which we perform a task is palpable to others. And it definitely makes us feel good when we’ve put genuine care into a task.
If you can view cleaning the floor or washing the dishes as an act of love instead of a chore, I can assure you your whole life will be transformed. When we put excellence and care into each task we perform instead of only the “important” ones, our lives will take on a depth & richness that we’ve probably never known before.
Housekeeping is a privilege?
I’m not saying everyone needs to fire their maid or cancel their grocery delivery, but what I am saying is that there can be value found in these tasks that many of us look upon as burdens. What if we stopped looking at doing the laundry as a burden and start being thankful we have a washing machine & dryer in our house? I can assure you, it’s a huge blessing. Some of us know what it’s like to visit the laundry mat!
Maybe if we have more appreciation for the hardwood floors we have to sweep and the light fixtures we have to clean, our chores would feel differently. Perhaps instead of cussing the stack of bills we have to pay, we can send our payment as an “expression of appreciation” for the electricity, water or WIFI we’re fortunate to have access to. The many things we take for granted are only a dream in some parts of this world.
A subtle but powerful change I began making was in the words I used to discuss my household duties. Instead of saying I “have” to go to the grocery store today, I began saying I “get” to go to the grocery store. There’s a very different energy in that, don’t you think? It definitely feels different when I say it.
Instead of taking all of this for granted, I feel it’s a huge change when we can start coming from a place of appreciation instead of obligation.
Housekeeping CAN Lead to Happiness
If you’ve read this far, than you must be somewhat open minded to new ways of looking at things. My goal on this blog is to give you new ideas to ponder and share what has worked for me. I’m always searching for ways to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled and I like sharing what I find with you.
I believe we can get so caught up in chasing the big things “out there” that we can completely miss the amazing opportunities for a rich life that’s right in front of us. When we can learn to extract the happiness from the every day blessings that we already have, we’ve truly got this thing figured out.
Happiness can be fleeting and fickle but the more we actively look for things to appreciate, life amazingly gives us more and more to be thankful for. Hello, law of attraction!
You may not choose to clean your own home or mow your own lawn and that’s OK. But the things you do choose to do, I urge you to do them with care, love and mindfulness.
- Fold the socks with appreciation
- Empty the dishwasher with love
- Sweep the patio with joy
- Caulk the bathtub with honor
- Rake the leaves in awe
- Water the plants in peace
- Meal plan with excitement
I venture to say these are the REAL keys to happiness!
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