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Why does it always feel like keeping the house clean is an impossible task? Does it even matter? Yes, it does. 

Our house is huge. Well, maybe not huge. But for our small family, it’s quite large. My husband and I spend our Saturday mornings trying to clean it, and more often than not, we give up after cleaning the essentials. The rooms that guests don’t see seem to be catchalls for the junk. 

So. Much. Junk. 

Not to mention the cutest one-year-old who is in the “let-me-pull-everything-off-the-shelf-and-out-of-the-cupboards” phase of life. 

We’ve tried our hand at everything to keep the house clean. 

Chore charts to help clean throughout the week.

Waking up early on Saturday morning to clean before we lose our mojo.

Ten-minute tidying.

You name it, we’ve probably tried it. With our busy weeks, we just have a hard time keeping up.

Sometimes, I’ll get this burning desire to clean. Like, drop everything and grab a brush and start scrubbing. 

Why? 

I think it comes from our innate desire to live in cleanliness. Growing up, my mom would always remind my siblings and me that “cleanliness is next to Godliness.” For a long time, I thought it was just her way of getting me to clean up. 

However, as I’ve started my own life in my own house, I’ve learned that she’s not wrong. When we lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, it was easy to clean. And on Saturdays when we were finished, we’d fall onto the couch in peaceful silence. It always felt better to be a clean home. We’d run to the store and come home happy that the house was so clean. 

Our house now is just so big. Not to mention that when we lived in a tiny one-bedroom, we didn’t own much. Fair warning: when you have a kid, your possessions will easily triple. Babies are small, but their toys and furniture will be far from it. 

Even still, with our crazy lives, we find the time to do what we can. I love the feeling of accomplishment when you look around and see everything in its place. The peace of cleanliness envelops you. You can truly relax. 

I can’t promise that cleaning gets easier. In fact, it’s probably the opposite as homes get bigger and so do families. I can promise that you’ll feel better. You’ll feel less like you’re always getting sick. You’ll feel less stressed about things that need to be done. 

You can sit on the couch in a peaceful silence knowing that your home is a little closer to heaven. 

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