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The art of cleaning a house

Genesis 3:19 … for dust you are and to dust you will return.

I don’t want to dust the house …. it might be somebody I know!

Come on. Admit it. You don’t like cleaning your house, and coming up with stupid excuses is easy. I know because I did it for very long.

I did a little poll on Facebook regarding house cleaning, and here is the results:

  • 314 people said they do their own cleaning (that includes me)
  • 105 people have family members who help
  • 90 people employ somebody to do it
  • Quite a number made funny comments about not cleaning

I know. I get it. Cleaning steals our time. And dust, laundry and dishes are like the Lord’s mercy. Every morning it abounds anew. While I am thankful for the mercy, the cleaning wasn’t always particularly high on my gratitude list. Besides, I can knit or crochet in that time! Damn!

I know what it feels like to have a house that looks like a war zone. I know what it feels like to have mountains of laundry waiting. I know what it looks like with dust you can plant corn in. Been there, done that.

But….. Yeah! We have a BUT!!!

But…. then I found The FlyLady. Oh man that woman is genius! She has an app you can download. You can find her on Facebook too. Let me tell you something; if you join her, your house will always be ready for visitors, it won’t take up so much of your time, and like me, you will reach a point where I am no longer moaning about cleaning, I am grateful that I have something to clean. When I iron my husband’s clothes, I pray for him and express my gratitude for having him in my life. When I am cleaning the kitchen, I do it with gratitude for food, for people in my house, for laughter around the table. But I didn’t get here overnight. It took me 12 months to get into a routine and to keep it going. Now it is easy.

I don’t buy all her merchandise; with me in South Africa it will be way too expensive. But her schedules and ideas are wonderful.

So make a change in 2019. Join a world-wide community along with The FlyLady. She is good! Take baby steps. Establish just ONE routine at a time. Build it up without beating yourself up if you miss something. I promise you, if you stick to her schedules, you will have a marvellous 2019. Just stick to it. Don’t add to it. Don’t try and be heroic. Admit you need baby steps, and take that baby steps.

At the end of 2019, we can compare notes!

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The way forward…

For a while now I have been contemplating leaving Facebook completely. To say it makes me anxious at times, is a major understatement. To say it makes me bat-shit-crazy-angry at times, is maybe a better description.
 
I don’t enjoy Facebook. I really don’t. The reasons are multiple:
People post fake news all the time and in our political unstable country, it causes a lot of harm, something some people just cannot fathom (and these people are allowed to vote and have children by the way).
I don’t want to be bombarded with people shouting racism, genocide, political crap etc. Sick of it.
I want to have a slow life, filled with peace. Peace and calm is what I want and strive for. And Facebook steals my peace daily.
 
Unfortunately, some people think they are ‘faceless’ on FB. They say the meanest things, in the most horrible ways. They commit copyright infringement. They commit pattern theft. They gossip and slander designers who have worked damn hard to get where they are. Between yesterday and this morning, my anger hit the roof big time. Unnecessarily so probably. I shouldn’t have reacted. But I did.
 
So here is the thing. I have been thinking of this for a long time, which is why the current CAL patterns are only released on my website and not in my Facebook group. I am slowly backing out the FB door.
 
Follow me on Instagram – that is a safer platform for me right now. I am overwhelmed with FB. Make sure you have subscribed to my blog if you haven’t already done so. If you received this post in your email inbox, you are already subscribed. If not, just visit my website; there is a subscribe box on the right hand side. 
All the news in the future will be posted here on my blog. And don’t worry; my project timeline remains as is. I am going to spend my time designing as it makes me happy. FB just wastes my time.
 
I hope you all understand.
Onwards to the slow life!