What’s your sink look like right at this moment? Is it clean and shining, or is it full of dishes and culturing about a dozen live bacteria? If the latter, my next question is, “Are you OK with that?” The old saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” is said to have originated as a Hebrew proverb, undoubtedly as a general summation of the many Mosaic laws relating cleanliness to one’s good standing with God. If you make the effort to wade through the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, you can easily see the connection. I believe there is some connection between cleanliness and godliness – even in this age of grace. If nothing else, it’s a foundation for a good Christian example. Regardless of whether God cares about the dishes in your sink, if you’re trying to witness to a neighbor who needs Christ and she’s disgusted by your housekeeping habits, do you think she’s going to want to know the Lord of your life?
If you have even the smallest desire to be a better housekeeper but find that you just don’t know how to begin – the sad fact is a lot of mothers neglect to teach their daughters how to keep house – I know someone who can help.
The Fly Lady, www.flylady.net, is your fairy godmother of housekeeping.
You’ll get the greatest benefit by signing up for daily or weekly e-mails with motivations and practical tips to improve your home management skills. There is also much to be gleaned from her Web site. If you’re completely clueless and perhaps the slightest bit reluctant to change your nasty ways, start by watching her corny What’s in a Shiny Sink video. Then move on to the Beginner Baby Steps. If your momma taught you well enough but you just need motivation to put in to practice what you already know how to do, just sign up for the weekly e-mails. The Web site isn’t very well organized and a gal can lose a lot of time trying to find the beef. So skip right to the Table of Contents page to check out what the entire site has to offer rather than following links. My favorite feature of the site is only found in the left-hand navigation menu, it’s called Hey Tom and it’s marketed to fly guys, but it’s a great resource for single women. You can put any home maintenance question to this Tom guy and get an answer in less time than it takes to get a technician out to your house. Tom’s breadth of handyman knowledge is impressive – he’s the dream dad!
Fly Lady also has social networking functions like forums, including one called Flying Single! So suffer no longer from CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)! Don’t delay, check out Fly Lady today!