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Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul  by Sarah Mae.

Little description: Get your home and your heart in order in just 31 days!
Sarah Mae wants to let you in on a little secret about being a good homemaker: It’s not about having a clean house. She’d never claim to be a natural, organized cleaner herself―yet, like you, she wants a beautiful space to call home, a place where people feel loved and at peace. Where people can really settle in with good food, comfy pillows, and wide-open hearts.

Is it possible to find a balance? To care for your heart―and your home―at the same time?

Journey with Sarah Mae on this easy, practical 31-day plan to get you moving and have your house looking and feeling fresh. But even more than that, you’ll gain a new vision for the home of your dreams, and how to make it a place of peace, comfort, and community. Originally published as the e-book 31 Days to Clean and now revised and expanded in print for the first time, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way will inspire you to find a happier, healthier . . .cleaner way to live.

Genre: Christian Living/ Women’s Issues/ How-to Guidebook

Find the book on Amazon here.

My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Take a walk with Sarah Mae and her teaching on how to have your home in order while your soul flows free from shame and everyday’s chaos. With this gorgeous paper book (just look at the cover, and the interior design is beautiful too), the author teaches us to love life in our mess. She provides the Biblical view on the household keeping, giving 31 amazing chapters with tips and the challenges you would love to participate in. To have a clean house shouldn’t be our dream, but the blessed possibility to have a place which each person of the family could call their home. It’s possible and the steps described in the book.

Reading the book, I found how to prep myself to have a great (mind here, I didn’t say the perfect) house. To learn how to live a life above mere existence. The book covers the topics, such as to define my vision, rhythm priorities, developing a workable and flexible routine, overcoming the curse, my cleaning style, making my personality work for me (especially in the messy times), tornado cleaning, slow and steady, a place to put my feet up, feeling overwhelmed,  the toy stations, kids and cleaning, when bones feeling lazy, finding joy in the self-disciplined life, grace for those days, fighting fatigue, distractions, limitations, willing hands, time, to hire or not to hire, the thing we all have in common, the high-low cycle, laundry blues, who am I trying to please, seasons in life, balancing all… 

You will find lots of tips, guidelines, and challenges to try. The book divided into the sections of Mary Challenge, which takes care of your soul, and Martha Challenge, which takes care of your household.

My favorite section is “Making Your Personality Work for You” (look up for Day 8 in the book)… it describes the types of personalities and how you can be you, while taking care of the cleaning duties. If you fast as a whirlwind, then you will set a time challenge to finish your work and see if you can beat the last results. Or if you are the detail oriented, then find the way to spice up your rooms with new decor, just find another place for your decor items and change the new angle and position of your furniture. Or if your are results oriented, then try to find the fastest way to clean. Or if you need a cheerleader squad to finish with the cleaning, then get your husband or someone else to cheer you on (try recording yourself on the phone and cheer on, while you listen to it, then when you done treat yourself with something sweet without feeling guilty). Nobody said anything against the helping hands of your children. Call them in, make a noise/ turn the music on and just have some fun tossing the pillows through the room to put them away, or do the leap-frogging or something else that fancy you and your kids to have a good time while cleaning your house. Find your groove and make the cleaning move!

PS. Tyndale House Publishers  has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.