…all of housework is creative, including the so-called janitorial part of it. When God created the heavens and the earth, he started with chaos and ended with a finely differentiated and beautiful universe. Housework is all about bringing order out of chaos. ~Margaret Kim Peterson, Keeping House
I finally tackled the toys in the basement this morning. While the baby napped, I made my way downstairs to something I had been avoiding for weeks- a pile of playthings a foot deep, right at the bottom, just waiting for someone to break their neck maneuvering through. It had gotten commonplace to toss a toy down the stairs instead of taking it to its proper place; I admit to being guilty of doing it myself on occasion. But it could not stay that way- and I knew we had to get it in order. So, after an hour or so of organization, the toys were shelved and ready for continued storage, giveaway, or the next play date. I’m reading Keeping House right now, the book from which the above quote originates, and am finding so many little reminders and encouragements in it to remain faithful at my housekeeping tasks, no matter how “janitorial”. What a satisfying feeling to, as she mentions elsewhere in the book, put my home back together like pieces of a puzzle. How blessed I am to be a worker at home- it is in this work that I get to display the Creator God in my life.
Check out the House Project page- things are moving right along! 🙂