31 Days to Clean – Recap #1

Today will wrap up Day #2 of 31 Days to Clean. So far, so good.

By the end of today, we will have listed our reasons for wanting a clean house, created a mission statement, given life and cleaned out the fridge and freezer. Not a bad start, huh?

Coming up with the reasons why I want a clean house was pretty easy, seeing as though I occasionally tick them off to my hubbie in a vain effort to make sure our house stays clean—

  • So we can have company over
  • Because a messy house puts me in a foul mood (and when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy)
  • So the kids will learn good cleaning habits
  • Because God is a God of order and our house/life should reflect that
  • To show appreciation for what we have

The mission statement part, though, was tougher. I think just hearing mission statement cripples my mind because I feel like I have to come up with something so awe-inspiring and timeless. Fortunately, I got a big jolt of inspiration after my mom told me that she’d already put together her mission statement. Not only that, but she did just as the book said and prettied it up quite nicely (see for yourself below), even hung up a couple of copies around the house and was already working on Day #3.

Home Mission Statement

Of course after seeing this, I knew my plans for typing up something quick in Word just wouldn’t do. It took a minute, but here’s what I finally came up with.

our home

I don’t know about you, but just reading the mission statement seems to give me a little more oomph and motivation to keep up a great (or make that a well-rounded) home for our family. I’m already thinking about how nice it’ll be as the kids get older for them to read this and understand the kind of home we want for them.

I have to tell you something I learned while cleaning out the fridge. One should not try cleaning off a light bulb with a wet rag. You’re probably thinking, well duh. I have no idea why that seemed like a smart idea at the time, but now I have two busted light bulbs.

Now, I’m off to figure out how the washing the walls and dusting the ceilings work before those challenges come up in the book. I totally missed those life lessons.

Let’s hear it from you…Give us the scoop on your progress so far. Anyone else find the mission statement part challenging? If you don’t mind sharing, hop over to the Well-Rounded Home Facebook page and upload a picture of your mission statement.

p.s. In case you’re wondering, it’s not too late to join in the fun. Here’s the link to buy the book. It’s just $4.99–about what you might pay for a drink at Starbucks.

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  1. Karen says:

    Love your mission statement! And you prettied it up real good! It will always give a boost to you and your family.

    • The Well-Rounded Home says:

      Thanks to you of course. It wouldn’t have looked anything like this had I not had a peek at yours.

  2. Erin Bassett says:

    What a cool thing to be doing! You totally inspire me!

    • The Well-Rounded Home says:

      Awww, thanks! Keeping our house clean is a never ending challenge, so I need all the help I can find.

      By the way, your doodles on your blog are super fabulous! I’m envious of your skills.