Now, I’m quite sure all of you know what the term “spring cleaning” means, but I’m going to break it down for you anyway. To perform a spring cleaning simply means to perform “a thorough cleaning of a house”. (I Googled it). This thorough cleaning is often done during the spring, after the winter months have passed. This is due to the fact that during the winter, people typically spend more time indoors and tend to collect more things. Also, the holidays are during this time, which are usually celebrated by giving and receiving gifts. This means you end up with not only all of your old things, but a bunch of new things to add to the clutter. Thus, when spring rolls around and everything begins anew, one feels the need to make their home anew as well.
Voila! Spring cleaning!
Obviously, there are no rules that say you must do spring cleaning during the spring. It can be done anytime one takes a notion. It also doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. It can be spaced out within a reasonable period of time as long as you are consistent. Sometimes it’s good just to clean out your closet, organize your bookshelf, or do whatever little task you’ve been putting off. This not only frees up space in your home, it also frees up the space in your brain that was formerly reserved for nagging you about cleaning out your closet, organizing your bookshelf, or--you get the point. Now, do it. Your home and brain will thank you.
As I mentioned earlier, spring cleaning cannot only be done in your natural home, but also in your spiritual home. Your spiritual home being you, as an individual, housing the spirit of God. Now, if you’re not housing the spirit of God, maybe your house is too cluttered for Him to enter. Maybe He’s patiently standing outside your door, waiting for you to clear out some “junk”, so He can come in and rest. Or maybe, just maybe, every time He comes to visit, you’re so busy tending to all your clutter, that you don’t have time to sit and talk with Him. This is where the spring cleaning comes in. Again, this doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. It can be done, one proverbial closet or bookshelf at a time. Do you have a closet full of resentment or jealousy? Clean it out. Do you have a bookshelf cluttered with frivolous things of the world? Clear it off. Now, do it. Your life through God will thank you.
Whatever task you choose to tackle, no matter how big or small, the outcome will be a clearer path to a more beautiful future. The feelings of boredom, emptiness and sadness will begin to dissipate. Eventually, with a little faith and works, you’ll clear out a big enough space and He’ll decide to move in for good. YOU will become His permanent spiritual home.
Now THAT’S what I call spring cleaning!
Written by: Christie Pike
All photos by: Christie Pike