Monday, July 16, 2007

I'm one of Rachel's Company Girls!

Rachel Anne, of Home Sanctuary, has asked me to be one of her company girls! She explains the phrase here. I've been reading Rachel's blog for awhile, and I am always inspired by her sincere, insightful words. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should!

Today, she really got me with this post about June Cleaver. Definitely go read how she put it, but the essence is that maybe the Beav's mom had a good idea, cleaning in her pearls and heels. As wives and moms, maybe we can get more done, and be respected more, if we'd dress for success.

I know this is a problem for me. Jonathan and I are coming up on our one-year anniversary (in less than 2 weeks), and I haven't improved at housekeeping as much as I would like to. On days when he works and I don't, I wake up with lofty goals, but by the time he gets home, it seems I've done nothing! I'm not sure if it's a lack of motivation, or something else, but it seems I have trouble getting things done. I don't even have children to worry about--just me and Lola--so I shouldn't have a problem here! Maybe if I would get myself up and get dressed, I would have better luck getting everything done.

I really want my home to be the sanctuary that Rachel's blog title refers to--and not just for my husband and I. Our apartment is on campus--in between the most beautiful, quaint one-room church that was moved to our campus and a dorm. All of our school friends, as well as the freshman girls who I lead in bible study live in dorms or school-furnished apartments. I really desire for our home to be a place with open doors to which our friends can come and find sanctuary.

If anyone read this who has this housekeeping thing under control, please shed some advice!!!


Rachel Anne said...

Doggonit, now you went and got me all choked up. Such kind words. Yep, you're definitely a Company Girl!

I really don't know anyone who is a naturally good housekeeper. I think mostly it's learned over time. I don't like to clean, but I do like how I feel when things are clean.

I play tricks with myself: set a timer to see how much I can get done in 5 min/15 min etc. Pretend someone's coming over: what would they see? Will they see the clothes hamper filled with dishes in the closet? Naaah.

When is your anniversary? Hope you'll get to do something special!!!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Found you through Home Santuary - fellow company girl! woo hoo!

My cleaning suggestion is at my blog - it was my post last Wednesday on Works for Me Wed. If you come by, scroll down till you see the WFMW picture and check it out...maybe it will has taken me lots of trial and error.

I've been blogging about the same amount of time according to your archives...such fun isn't it?

Nice to have "met" you!