Housework is Good For You!

Housework is Good For You!

Yes, housework is good for us. It’s what God created for us to do! Everything God created is for our good. It doesn’t mean it will be easy or won’t involve suffering but it’s good.

“It’s probably not the most popular piece of health advice ever dished out – but researchers say that doing the housework can add years to your life.

They found that women who clean, hoover and do the laundry are likely to live almost three years longer.

But men can breathe a sigh of relief – housework appears to have little effect on them. They are better off in the garden, according to research by Dutch academics.”

Exercise and moving is what we were created to do. There are many warnings in the Bible against being idle. The place that God created women to work hard is in their homes. There is no excuse for any of us to have filthy, cluttered homes. As your children age, you must teach them to work hard picking up after themselves and helping with housework.

Scientific studies are now proving that the lack of exercise and being a couch potato is bad for us! “A recent study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that men who reported spending two or more hours per day sitting in front of a television had twice the risk of having a heart attack or cardiac ‘event’ than the men who reported watching less television. And men who said they spent four or more hours being sedentary had a 50% higher chance of dying from any cause. Exercise did not negate the risks associated with the hours of television watching. There are multiple other studies that found similar results.”

When you think about how hard the homemakers of old had to work in their homes, it puts us to shame! They didn’t have the luxuries, conveniences, and time wasters (TV, iPhones, and computers) like we have and many would starve if they didn’t work hard.

My neighbor is a fantastic housekeeper. Ken went over to help her and her husband move some boxes and she said to Ken, “I love cleaning my home because I know I’m working my muscles and getting exercise!” If we work hard in our home, we don’t need to go to the gym to get exercise. We get it right in our homes!

Lately, I’ve been working hard decluttering my home. I’ve decluttered and organized my pantry, kitchen cupboards, garage, bathroom cupboards, and closets. I’ve been taking things to the local Goodwill to give away and throwing other things away. I love a clean, organized, and decluttered home. Yes, it takes work but as I am doing it, I remind myself how good this is for me and the results are beautiful!

Clean your home heartily, as unto the Lord, as if Christ was a frequent visitor because He is, you know; for when you are cleaning your home and working hard in it, you are serving the Lord!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23

18 thoughts on “Housework is Good For You!

  1. Thank you for this post, Lori. It is helpful to know, as I tend to my keeper at home duties, that they were given to me to do by the Lord and that I should do it as unto Him.

    I also enjoy listening to sermons and/or praise music while I am keeping house. That helps to keep my perspective on the Lord, also.

    1. That’s a wonderful thing to do, Lady Virtue, since we are to be continually growing in the wisdom and the knowledge of the Lord along with praising Him. Blessings to you!

  2. I get stir crazy being in the house so I get my housework done first thing in the morning, early. Then I throw dinner in the crock pot & I’m out the door for gardening & ranching. On saturdays my husband & I do a deeper housecleaning. As old farmhouses tend to get dusty very easily. 🙂

  3. Dear Mrs. Lori,
    Thanks for another great post. I hope your family is doing well, and that you’re all keeping encouraged.

    So interesting how studies often point towards what God has already ordained. God’s ways sure are best – spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Now, if only we didn’t have sin to deal with! I guess that’s one of the reasons we look forward to Heaven.

    We’ve been decluttering too, and have tried to decide what is the “right amount” of stuff for us to own. I wrote some details below for curious fellow-declutterers. 🙂 It helps to focus on buying only consumable things too, otherwise we’re swimming upstream in our decluttering process.

    Imagine that you’re renting out your house – fully furnished… that amount of stuff. Now imagine that you’re packing for a two-week trip… that amount of stuff. Now add those together, and maybe add in a few seasonal things. We personally don’t need much more than that. Okay, maybe add in some school books since we do homeschool. 🙂

    1. Great advice! We went away from two months last summer and all I packed was one large suitcase but had plenty for those two months. It’s amazing how little we actually need. If I haven’t worn or used something in a year, I get rid of it since someone else may be able to wear or use it.

      1. For a period of a year and a half (many years ago), my little daughter and I lived in someone’s furnished garage apartment. All of our possessions other than clothing were placed in a storage unit. That is when I realized how very little we need to exist. I actually never felt more “alive” than during that time. Life is more beautiful when we are free of all the excess and are no longer weighed down. Your article (and then remembering my experience) is inspiring me to do a massive declutter.

  4. Thanks for the great encouragement, Lori. I find if I practice hospitality on a regular basis, it keeps me cleaning and maintaining things a lot better. I no longer have little ones in my home, and I know it can be challenging for young mothers. However, doing housework with your children by your side and teaching them to pickup after themselves consistently, will eventually keep you from feeling overwhelmed!

  5. Great post!!! So true! I am an organizer at heart! I love to keep my home clean and organizing is one of my favorite things to do in my home! Our family heats our home with an outdoor wood burner as well….so we work together to split, stack and carry wood! We also enjoy walks together!!

    Although, I must still go to the gym. I *must* get my heart rate up for 45 minutes to an hour….and cleaning my home doesn’t get me the true exercise I need. Thankfully for us though I teach an exercise class at our Y and I get a free membership and a discounted family membership! :o) That is a blessing for us!

    1. How wonderful to heat your home with real wood, Katy! There’s nothing more cozy to me than sitting in front of a fireplace and being warmed by it.

      Ken and I walk every day to get more exercise since it’s only us two and there’s not a whole lot of housework that needs to be done anymore!

  6. I found that these words of Jesus really are true:

    “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30)

    1. Lori, That is not a website that should be linked on your blog. There is dangerous and misleading teachings there.

  7. Thank you for your encouragement, Lori, when other Christian women are not saying anything about this.

    Housework is good for the mental health too. Living in a home that is dirty and disorganized is very depressing.

    I deep cleaned our bedroom a few weeks ago, and it felt SO good to have it all done. I’m off to do my exercising for the day via housework. 🙂

  8. Just catching up w/the blog reading. Another great post! I have known women who refused to clean and care for their homes over the years. Now they are riddled with obesity and ailments/drugs that have disabled them. Glad my husband has always insisted on a clean house and I obeyed him. So many times I tell him that he saved me from so many problems by helping me to stay on the right path health/diet wise. I am seeing so much fruit from being obedient to my husband. Thanks for your ministry.

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