Image and Article by Rain San Martin
Our home is not only a place for rest, rejuvenation and celebrations, it is a place where many of us may create a business. Keeping your home reasonably tidy, decluttered and peaceful lays out the canvas for dreams to be born. If your full-time or part-time job is a that of a homemaker you are blessed with the opportunity to create a restful environment which encourages creativity.
1) You will be more likely to purse your side passion.
Clutter and untidy spaces may make us and others feel bogged down. That there isn’t enough time to pursue other goals. One thing that Marla Cilley of Flylady.net teaches is that once you clear your clutter you may possibly find your purpose or passion. Though your purpose may be to live the role of a homemaker as taught in Titus 2, there may be other goals you have for your life. Perhaps you’ve wanted to design classy Victorian steampunk clothing and sell them on Etsy. Or you may have wanted to dedicate more time as a volunteer at the Rescue Mission. Maybe you would like to offer your home as a heaven for hospitality, inviting guests over for lunch. Search your heart and reflect on the dreams of your youth to give you inspiration.
2) Your husband may work on his dream.
If you do your best to make your home clutter-free, tidy and peaceful your spouse may feel encouraged to work on his dream. When he comes home from his day job, ideally he would be greeted with a clean and welcoming home. This fosters not only an atmosphere of rest, it may spark creativity. A chaotic home and hostile home environment will make those who live with you feel uncomfortable. It’s best to approach interaction with family in a professional manner so you can maintain decorum when interacting with loved ones. It’s more challenging when doing this at home, yet it is the noble thing to do. It is an act of discipline and love. This will aid in preserving your relationships for the long-term and build your reputation. Think of your legacy. How do you want to be remembered?
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. (Proverbs 21:9 )
3) Your children can find their art supplies and you can use them too!
Rather than having art tools scattered about the house, gather them and place in drawers or labeled bins specifically for creating art. Your children can locate art supplies when they are organized, not hidden behind clutter. For most of my life I couldn’t understand why an adult would want to make crafts when it could cost the same to buy a similar item new. Then it occurred to me that it is the process of creation which is an act of celebration. When you make fall or winter themed DIY crafts you are getting into the spirit of the Holiday season, spreading the joy with your family. You may even discover that you want to go beyond simple crafts, making products that you sell online or at a fair.