People are becoming obsessed with de-cluttering and keeping a tidy home.
Normally, I’m not a huge fan of HGTV-type shows (similar to the content these two ladies release), but I have to get on my soapbox for these ladies and share three reasons why I love what they’re about and how their organizational suggestions have made me a happier, healthier human being.
1. They make me excited about my home.
We’ve all seen them.
Pictures of luxurious homes, travel vlogs, and Pinterest perfect outfits that we pin to give us ideas for the next time we go shopping or re-decorate our homes.
It’s all fun and games until it’s not.
Every pin, scroll, and like makes me wish my life looked like someone else’s.
If only I could just…
- Have her wardrobe
- Buy a house
- Travel to Hawaii
…then I’d really be happy.
(That is a whole other rabbit trail.)
What I love about these two ladies, though, is that they aren’t jetting off to exotic locations, hauling $300 worth of home decor at Target, or wearing new outfits every day.
They are literally just at home… cleaning houses.
And it is the most exciting thing in the world to them! They make it fun and genuinely love what they do. Which totally makes me want to try all of their tips in my own home, instead of eyeing perfect homes and slowly building an attitude of discontentment in my own life.
2. They’ve created a culture of gratitude.
One of the trademark things Marie Kondo does on her Netflix show Tidying Up is that she will greet the home of each family she works with.
Like, she’ll greet the actual building.
While this practice may not be something I’m personally comfortable with as a Christ follower, let’s put on our Christian worldview lens and talk about this in a different light. (I’m sorry, my mother made me this way.)
God calls Christ-followers to do a lot of different things.
One of which, repeatedly found throughout the Bible, is the call to be thankful.
- “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thes 5:18
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” -Psalm 106:1
- “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” -Col 3:17
Thankfulness truly is the cure to cynicism.
And while the method may be outside of what I’m comfortable with, I do love the idea of thanking God for the home He has given us. Whether that is a small efficiency or a 5-bedroom house with marble kitchen counters. Gratitude is a powerful thing and I can always use more of it in my life.
3. They clean to improve lives.
Mrs. Hinch originally started cleaning as a coping method to help with her anxiety and went on to speak at a mental health organization in Ireland about her tips and how they have anxiety-reducing effects.
(This has proven to be very true for me. A clean space makes me feel less anxious, which instantly improves my digestive and overall health.)
And Marie Kondo frequently works with couples and families who often fight or have some deeply seeded emotions around cleaning.
It may sound silly, but seemingly insignificant things like cleaning (or a lack thereof) can trigger all sorts of icky emotions and unresolved trauma we may have been through in our past. It can make us feel unorganized, not at home, and disrespected if one or both spouses are unhappy with the expectations of keeping up with their home.
I’ll be the first to say… it sucks coming home to a dirty house. I can get upset easily (especially if I just sprayed and wiped down the whole house the day before).
And it’s not about having a “perfect house”. It is about feeling mutually respected and having more time to spend together, as a family, because mom (or dad) isn’t stuck trying to fold the laundry, meal prep, and do the bathrooms with the few precious hours they have free.
It is exciting to watch Marie work with a family and see the couple grow closer, fight less, and get more time with their family. It becomes a lifestyle shift of getting into rhythms and disciplines that allow them to live a less cluttered life. This frees them to live the lives they want to live.
What do you think of the de-cluttering and cleaning craze?
Are you into it or do you get anxiety from trying to keep things clean? Do you live the packrat or minimalist life? Very curious to hear your thoughts.