Martha Stewart I am not. B. Smith I am not. I’m just me – a single mom of an athletic, forever going, teen boy. I am the manager of my home.
to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5
I asked my 16 year old son what home was to him. His answer, “wherever my mom is.” Sweet. But really, when I think of home, I think of a space that is warm and that is really a place of refuge. There is a lot happening in the world. In my opinion, it is my responsibility – in keeping my home – to have that space where family is truly family and the space I have is a safe place for those who enter and especially for those who dwell here.
In this first part, I would offer to be careful of what your home smells like.
A clean home will lend itself to smell good. However, I’m a busy mom and I’m not always going to have time to pull out cleaning supplies every single day. I also do not have the budget to keep fresh flowers in the house everyday. I do use candles, with my top scent being gardenia or some kind of berry or tropical. Personally, I stay away from candles with vanillas.
Opening a window to allow air to circulate is also helpful for a fresh scent.
I’m a baker and absolutely love when it’s baking day. My house always smells amazing! If you’re not a baker, I’ve heard putting a cinnamon stick in a pot of water and allowing to simmer OR putting baking soda and water in a crock pot will also work (add a few drops of lemon essential oil or lavender essential oil!).
What does keeping the home mean to you? What does your home smell like right now?