11. Housekeeping

Islam places great emphasis on cleanliness. Allah says, “…And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.” (9:108) The Prophet  also said, “Cleanliness is half of faith.” (Sahih Muslim)

Keeping your house clean and tidy actually happens with small efforts of daily maintenance and a bit of organization. Become the CEO of your home. Take control of your household and manage it like you’re running a business.

 

If you don’t know where to begin, start by:

  • Dividing your house into four stations.
  • Spending fifteen minutes a day tidying one station by dusting, wiping, clearing up clutter, sweeping, vacuuming, and putting things back where they belong.
  • Choosing a work time that is most convenient for you so that you can consistently clean your station on a regular basis.

At the end of each week, monitor your house’s overall cleanliness by doing a maintenance checkup so that you know what needs to be done for next week.

 

Keep these principles in mind too:

  • Clear up any dishes in the sink, wipe down the counters, sweep the kitchen floor, and wipe the stove before you go to sleep.
  • Have a special day once a week where you spend at least thirty minutes ironing.
  • Deep clean your kitchen, closets, and cabinets every three to six months. Give away useless items and create more space. Shine any wood in your house.
  • Wash and dry your rugs every six months.
  • Keep your house decor simple. It makes cleaning so much easier.
  • Don’t let things pile up. Wash dishes as the day goes by and put things back where they belong immediately.
  • Teach your children how to clean up and help you, starting with small tasks and building up to bigger, adult-like chores. Involve the children as much as possible with clean-up of their toys, books and common areas of the house. Weekly and predictable routines for cleaning different areas of the house (vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the bathrooms, laundry). No eating allowed anywhere but in the kitchen.

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If your husband is happy to hire a cleaning lady, then accept his offer. Take care to teach your cleaning lady how you like your house to look and any special things that she should be aware of when handling the housework.

If you have a live-in maid, never allow her to be alone with your husband or serve him his food. Make sure that you always maintain the image of taking care of his needs and never pass on this opportunity to anyone.

 

Also, play a CD or download recordings of your favorite Quranic recitation while you’re cleaning, cooking, or relaxing. Allah says, “And remember your Lord much and exalt Him with praise in the evening and the morning.” (3:41) Anytime the Qur’an is played, it instantaneously changes the ambiance of a place into that of tranquility and serenity. Fill your house with continuous dhikr and the blessing of Allah’s word inshaAllah.