Spring cleaning is a pretty logical task. After a long winter you can finally throw open the windows, air out the house and get rid of the toll that winter has taken on your home without an infestation of bugs. You can put away the boots and snow pants and pull out the sandals and swimwear. And you can clean up the deadness of your yard and prepare the ground for the lush colors of spring to arrive.
I love that spring cleaning lines up with Lent because as we dejunk our physical lives we are also dejunking our spiritual lives through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We die to our old way of life and vow to start anew in the areas that need some re-organizing.
Kind of sounds like what I need to do with my Tupperware cabinet.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church they nail this idea. The first week of Lent is called Clean Week. During this time they begin their Lenten fasts, go to confession and give the house a thorough cleaning in an effort to match their outward surroundings with their inward disposition. Sweet.
Today's task? The kitchen counters, which includes the toaster and toaster oven. This is task #18, but I've only completed 12 tasks, so I'm a little behind. However, I'm not giving up! Instead of going for the counters today I think I'll finish off the cabinets and drawers, which were divided into 4 days.
This means I'm coming for you tupperware cabinet!