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.
**I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale Blogging Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Overall, I found Having a Martha Home the Mary Way a wondeful book. But to clear a couple of things up about what this book is and what it isn’t:
First of all, this book is not a Bible study. Each day is divded into a Martha task and a Mary task. The Martha, is the cleaning/organizing of the home. The Mary is a bit more insightful. The Mary tasks definitely incorporate scripture and even encourage you to apply something to be gleaned from them for your own life. They are meant to be reflective and examine how you run your home.
And second, the Martha tasks are not going to be your one stop solution to a constantly clean home. The tasks are designed for those who struggle to clean to get your home clean (not deep cleaning… there’s no washing walls or pulling out appliances). But, the book does encourage you to clean out junk drawers and cabinets.
Now, with those out of the way. Here is what I loved about the book:
- Sarah Mae has an extremely conversational way of writing. I felt like I was just chatting with a good friend about the struggles of maintaining a home.
- The tips in the book are wonderful. Some of them are simple things (for example, place aluminum foil on the lowest rack of your oven to keep it cleaner when food spills over). Some of them encourage mothers to get their kids involved.
- Most of the daily tasks are doable in about an hour or less (it really depends on what the condition of your home is when you begin). But even beyond that, she encourages habits that really do help get things in order and maintain them (every morning, tackle the dirty dishes–whether it is handwashing them or putting them in the dishwasher and then wipe down the counters).
- The cleaning tasks are meant to be flexible to whatever the condition of your home is in to how many rooms your home may have.
And then there were a couple of things that I felt that I missed in this book:
- I really wish some of the Mary tasks went a bit deeper.
- A calendar of what to expect for the cleaning tasks would have been nice.
In the end though, I don’t think this book was a complete waste. There are some wonderful takeaways from it. For myself, I’ve had to examine my own thoughts and ask myself what is my motivation for some of the things that I do or don’t do. I learned that keeping a clean home is a way that I can demonstrate love to my husband, and in the future, to any children we may have. That, has helped to adjust my attitude, and sometimes things that can do that, are certainly worth picking up.
About the Author:
Sarah Mae (sarahmae.com), listed as one of The Christian Broadcasting Networks Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter, is an influential Christian blogger, conference host, and author of the bestselling eBook 31 Days to Clean.
Because of her drive to inspire women to hold fast to biblical ideals, Sarah Mae has established herself as a social media expert by cultivating blogs and websites that have impacted thousands of women all over the world. She is a self-made popular mom blogger, (establishing four national blogs with a rapidly growing audience of 100,000 followers a month), the founder and co-host of the Allume conference, a national Christian women’s blogging conference that has sold out first its first and second year, and a contributing writer to DaySpring, (a division of Hallmark).
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