Thursday, January 7, 2010

How clean is your kitchen sink?

Today on my way into the office for a last minute meeting, I was listening to KLOVE, like I always do, and Eric and Kelly were talking to this chick, she calls herself the Fly Lady.  Odd, I know...

She has a home organizing/cleaning website...click here to check it out  They were talking about organizing your life and where to start first.  Fly Lady said something that has really stuck with me all day, so much so that I wanted to share it with you all.  She said that you should start with your kitchen sink.  Your kitchen sink is a tell tale sign of how your life is going.  If it's clean, all the dishes washed, put away-then your life probably follows suit.  You are more than likely feeling good about yourself, confident, and not overwhelmed.

But if your kitchen sink is dirty, dishes piled up everywhere, the dishwasher is over flowing with three day old dinner crusted on the plates, then you are probably feeling that way in life too.  You feel overwhelmed, stressed out, not ready to face the day, already defeated when you get up. 

So she said to start in the kitchen and clean the sink.  The sparkle from the sink will then spill over into the rest of your life. 

I agree with Fly Lady, okay that name sounds disrespectful, but that's what she calls herself.  I think if your house is truly gross and dirty, like that show hoarders, then yes, the rest of your life is probably messy too.  So lets go one step further and talk about your spiritual life with the same kitchen sink analogy.  The kitchen sink = your spiritual life.  So if your sink is gross and dirty, then your relationship with Christ probably feels like you are trudging through mud, not getting through to God with your prayers and petitions, and you may feel like what's the point of all of this.  But if your sink is clean, sparkling with shine, that means your spiritual life is active, you are seeking and searching for answers, you long to be closer to God and doing everything in your power to achieve that.  Your sink sparkle really pours into every part of your life by the way you show God's love to others.  People are wondering what you used on your sink to make it sparkle so bright.

How clean is my kitchen sink?  I definetly have times where it is sparling as bright as it can, and then other times, I have the 3 day old dinner crusted on my dishes and my sink is so gross, that thinking about cleaning it is overwhelming.  But that's when it needs to sparkle the most, that's when I need God the most.  The majority of the time my kitchen sink is clean, but it has a hint of dinge lurking around it.  So my goal for 2010 is to keep my sink as clean as possible, spiritually and literally speaking. 

12 comments:

Freddae' said...

How interesting! I'm with you. There are days my sink is horrid...other days, not so bad. Like today, my kitchen sink is rockin' but the rest of my house is sooo NOT. Happy Thursday.

He & Me + 3 said...

Woo hoo...my sink is clean and free of dishes and food:) Dishwasher is empty and ready for tomorrows dishes. I do need to get some bleach for the sink though...it should be whiter:)
Interesting concept though

Steph T. said...

Now everytime I clean my dishes and sink I will remember this! Way to make us think girl! I love it! I always say...don't go to bed with a dirty sink because you don't want to wake up and start your day with dirty dishes!

Sarah Robbins said...

I listened to her program today, too! I just didn't manage to get on her website after work. I am definitely going to check her out.

Sarah Robbins said...

PS My kitchen sink is clean right now, but only because the cleaning lady came yesterday. :) Maybe I'll try to keep it clean until she comes back in two weeks! Does that count?

Because of Love said...

Such a good post!!! I love it. And it is so true that it reflect how we live. Usually my sink is usually nice and clean, but there are times it gets messy. Just like life!

Kristin said...

What if you don't mind doing the dishes, so your sink is clean, but the rest of the house is messy? LOL! You know what I've found cleans my stainless sink really well and makes it sparkle? The liquid detergent I put in my dishwasher. Just put some in your sink and scrub it all around and it works great!

I'm not sure I agree with the Fly Lady. I do agree that if your house is disgustingly messy, it probably has alot to do with your life, but just dishes in the sink? No. Sometimes in a busy life with 3 kids, it just happens! I mean honestly, I do the dishes every day and there are always some type of dishes in the sink. It never ends!

HappyascanB said...

How true! I absolutely cannot stand to leave dishes in the sink! My MIL doesn't mind it a bit. So, whenever we're visiting, I make myself busy by keeping the dishes washed or at least in the dishwasher. It just makes me feel better and I'm helping her. The best part? She thinks it's the best thing since sliced bread that I help out in the kitchen!?!?! She had two boys so she's not used to female help!

Holly said...

I've heard of the Fly Lady but haven't really looked into her much. I've heard she's got some great ideas! Currently, there are a few dishes in the sink. It does feel good when the sink is sparkly clean!

Erin said...

I love this post! Such a cool analogy!

Love reading your posts and thought you deserved this...

http://homewiththeboys.blogspot.com/2010/01/fantastic-followers-friday-and-award.html

September said...

Geee.. I am glad that I cleaned my sink last night... with Comet!
BUT... today,,my sink is definetely reflecting my day!
Great Post,, and I love the Fly Lady!
Thanks Kate!

Mom Putnam said...

Yeah, my kitchen sink is clean and a new mat down in it tonight