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I'm wondering if any of you find a spiritual component to house cleaning.<br><br>
I have a lot of trouble getting into gear to clean my house. I get overwhelmed, partly because I tend to be too perfectionist about it and then it becomes overwhelming, like a mountain looming before me. So, I avoid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Do you have any ways of making house cleaning more spiritual, meaningful,.... fun?<br><br>
I know spring cleaning can be a ritual. But, spring cleaning to me seems overwhelming because to most people it's a time to do the big cleaning jobs, the big projects.
 

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I like to think of it as clearing away stale energy and making a fresh start. Choose one room, muck it out entirely. Put on cheerful music and just get to it. When done, spray a little linen spray or put out a fresh flowers or branch in a vase. I do the public rooms once a week. Bedrooms and bathrooms every two weeks.<br><br>
Don't think of this as chores. Think of it as making your space more livable and enjoyable. Also, enlist help whenever possible.
 

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It's too bad you weren't asking before Passover... we Jewish moms (and dads) had to clean out every crumb of our house + clean entire kitchen and switch dishes... all for spiritual reasons. There was a lot of support, as we knew our foremothers did the same, and at least here, all the cleaning supplies were on sale at the supermarket!<br><br>
Curtains, windows, etc. are not included religiously, but are usually added in since it adds to the season.<br><br>
It really is a nice ritual, especially if you get your whole family involved, have great weather, and go out to eat a few times while your kitchen is in that in-between stage.<br><br>
Just don't end the ritual (as we Jews did) by hosting a 5 course meal for your entire extended family, with mandatory 4 cups of wine each, which ends in the wee hours of the morning, or your house will be messier than when you started.<br><br>
It is nice to know that the dirt under the fridge or stuck the chair legs is never older than 1 year, at least. And there are no UFOs (unidentified foil-wrapped objects) in the freezer.<br><br>
And it also helps that everyone gets haircuts and new clothes at the same time.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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This is something I've been trying to fold into my life. It's actually something I've been interested in for years. When I was in a creative writing MFA program, my pet cause was domesticity in poetry - elevating the everyday and turning it into something spiritual. Even now, stumbling onto a cup, or a button, or a broom in a poem usually turns it into a favorite for me.<br><br>
Anyway, I highly recommend reading <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FShelter-Spirit-Create-Haven-Hectic%2Fdp%2F0060929227%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F104-5235372-7245524%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1177315094%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">Shelter for the Spirit</a> by Victoria Moran. From the book description:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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It's a book I come back to again and again when I need a little home-making inspiration.
 

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I try *really* hard to follow this approach~ most of the time it works!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: There are lots of writings on "zen homekeeping"... treating the everyday mundane as spiritual practice, which *of course* it can be, if you choose to see it as such.<br><br>
I love the idea of connecting to the millenia of women who came before me, sweeping floors, preparing meals, washing clothes, caring for children, homemaking.... the very same things that women have done since the dawn of time. I think it's kind of cool if you look at it like that.
 

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Spirit of home has an enormous effect on the quality of my life at any given time. Cleaning can certainly be mundane, but it is definitely spiritual. There are many great books on this topic. I know I have one floating around with the actual title: Spiritual Housecleaning. I'll come back and edit to add author if I find it soon. Ever notice how cleaning the floors with water seems to change the environment for the better every time? I recently started adding essential oils to my vinegar water for the wood floors. What a *glorious* mopping experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I think it was in one of Thich Nhat Hahn's books, where he talked about doing things mindfully, and he said that when you are washing dishes, you should wash each dish as though you are giving the baby Buddha a bath. Or you could be giving the baby Jesus a bath, or your own baby. Just some way to bring you back to the present and see washing the dishes as a ritual, rather than something to be sped through.<br><br>
Hmm, does that mean when I don't wash my dishes that the poor baby Buddha is sitting in my sink all dirty?
 

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