Managing our home has been a guilt-ridden, overwhelming, mostly-cluttered-and-rarely-clean mess of an experience in my married life — and if I’m being honest, my entire adult life — thus far. My husband has been a graciously patient man when it comes to the state of our home, and for that I am supremely grateful and blessed, but I do not want my family to grow and live in a home that is always cluttered and overflowing with dirty dishes and laundry.
My husband earned a degree from a Theological Seminary, and one of his classes involved making his own annotated translation (basically a commentary) on the book of Ruth from the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Recently, he’s been reviewing notes from that class, and was reminded that in the original Hebrew Bible, the book of Ruth immediately follows the book of Proverbs. This was done so on purpose.
For those who don’t know, Proverbs chapter 31 — the last chapter of the book — gives a description of what an “excellent wife” looks like. This is often referred to as the Proverbs 31 woman. So in the original Hebrew bible, the book of Ruth was deliberately placed after the book of Proverbs because Ruth (the actual person) exemplifies the Proverbs 31 woman. She is presented as a model of the women described in the chapter immediately preceding the book about her life.
Here is the description of an excellent wife as recorded in Proverbs 31:
This is a pretty hefty list and I must admit that I am nowhere near the woman described here, but she is the woman I aspire to become. However, the thought of becoming this sort of woman is overwhelming and seems impossible when one has spent her entire adult life doing the opposite.
I recently stumbled upon the FlyLady system of caring for your home. The FlyLady has developed a 31-day plan of BabySteps for Beginners in the home organization process. The FlyLady lovingly reminds readers that our homes did not get messy in a day, so it will take longer than a day to get our homes where we want them to be.
I have started in on the BabySteps and I plan to continue following the “Flight Plans” when I finish the 31 days. After only a week of working on it, my home is already looking better than it has in a long time — and I’ve only made a few simple changes to my routine so far. My sink is shiny and empty, my bed is made each day, and I’ve begun the long (and very slow) process of decluttering my home.
This section of my blog will be devoted to where I am at in my journey to declutter our home. If you’re interested in learning more about the FlyLady system, check out her website.
Below is a list of links to various Home Management sections of my blog.