Friday, April 27, 2012

Loathing Housework

People who have known me for years know that the last thing I want to do is housework. Even as a child, my mother had to fight with me to get me to clean my room. That simple task would take my hours instead of the 30 minutes it should have. Even to this day, when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is clean. I would much rather flop down on the couch and relax watching TV or reading a book.

When thinking about the Proverbs 31 wife, I picture Suzy homemaker with an immaculate clean house. Everything in it's proper place and not a speck of dust in sight. Looking up at my ceiling fan right now tells me it is about time to do some dusting. "She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness" Proverbs 31:27.In this regard, I cannot help but feel guilty. I have plenty of lazy days without lifting a finger to help around the house. As a wife, I really want to be better about this and feel some conviction about my slothfulness.

In order to help keep organized and focused throughout the week, I came up with a weekly cleaning schedule. I take one section of the apartment and do the basic cleaning along with one complete load of laundry a day.

Laundry- 1 load

Laundry- 1 load

Living Room/Dining Room
Laundry- 1 load

Laundry- 1 load

Laundry- 1 load

I tentatively started this on Tuesday. I actually kept to it better than I thought I would, considering what a crazy week it was at work. I am praying that I keep to the schedule better next week, instead of having to double up when I missed a day. If you have any tips or ideas, I would love the advice!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Proverbs 31 Apprehensions

I have always shied away from the idea of the Proverbs 31 wife. To me, it seemed like I would be set up for failure. I was never much into housecleaning. The only time I really clean is when I know someone was coming over. Unfortunately, I have carried this into my marriage. My husband was a self-proclaimed neat freak while we were dating. In reality, I think it was more of my mother-in-law who was the neat freak. However, he no longer shows much sign of that obsessive need for everything to be perfectly clean. I feel like it is my fault for that and the guilt sometimes really gets to me.

Being addicted to Pinterest, I came across a book called My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by Sara Horn. Practically rolling my eyes at the thought of the Proverbs 31 Suzy Homemaker, I ended up buying the book on my Kindle. I have started reading and I have to admit that the author sounds a lot like me in her apprehensions of Proverbs 31. A desire in my heart has been growing to be more like this 'perfect' wife depicted in the Bible. I am still afraid of failure and part of me still rebels at the idea. I have always said that the responsibilities around the house should be shared between both the husband and the wife. My husband does help but I do feel like I do a lot more than him. However, I am praying against these feelings for a more servant heart in my household.  Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others."