Do You MUTTER While You DECLUTTER? August 17 Inspiration

Do you mutter while you declutter?  Maybe instead, you should shout with glee when you are free–of the mess you get rid of and the organization that replaces the clutter!

 

I’m reflecting on THIS event that happened earlier this year. Hubby Dave and I finally attacked a long overdue project in the kitchen. He replaced the old, leaky, drippy, rusty kitchen faucet with a bright, shiny, drip-free faucet AND spray nozzle, which I haven’t had since I moved in over 13 years ago. I am so thankful he knows how to do all this kind of stuff–saves a lot of money that we don’t have to pay someone else to do the job!

 

Our bright, shiny new faucet AND sprayer!
    Our bright, shiny new faucet AND sprayer!

 

Anyway, since Dave needed to get into the cabinet under the sink to install the new faucet, we had to clean out the amassed clutter. That turned into the task of sorting and throwing out about 2/3 of the mess, some of which had been under there since before I moved in early 2003. That led to disinfecting the inside of the cabinet, and neatly organizing the 1/3 of stuff we kept – actual necessary things, like trash bags, paper towels, cleaning supplies (with current dates), sponges, and vases.

 

THEN…we cleaned out the other “junk/tool” cabinet next to the sink, and again threw out about half the clutter. We also reorganized the cabinet with various household DIY items, small tools, and a couple large cooking items (griddle and indoor electric grill).

 

Even though we ended up doing way more than we had planned, the outcome was very welcome and exhilarating, so HURRAY for de-cluttering and reorganizing!  🙂

 

The good thing after that decluttering and reorganizing event several months ago is the trend has continued, both inside the house and out on the porch (blogged about that here). And I have to say it’s true, the more stuff we get rid of, the greater is the feeling of freedom from clutter and more peace of mind. Like breathing easier, because there’s space to do it!

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So check out this inspirational thought on this Wednesday…

“Even as spiritual people,

we must deal with ordinary

natural things all the time.

Think about how messy your closet,

garage, or basement is–

it didn’t get that way overnight,

and it probably  won’t get cleaned up

without  some time and effort.

Does  a messy area of your home

aggravate you every time you see it,

yet you put off cleaning  it up

because you dread it?

If so, it is time for change.

I want you to attack those messes boldly

and have the confidence that you

can have order in your life and home.

You have the power of God in your life.

You are able to clean up anything in your life

and do it with joy!”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

I am once again amazed to read a devotional thought that is so incredibly relevant for something currently happening! I think it’s easy to look at messes in our home (and our lives) and get totally overwhelmed.

Yet, if we tackle one mess at a time, one area at a time, it becomes much more manageable. Not only that, it makes you feel freer and lighter and even more at peace…AND often provides motivation to tackle something else!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

What did you do today? Any cleaning or decluttering?

Do you have a system to stay on top of organization in your home?

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. I do have the power of God in my life, but He’s not going to unload the dishwasher, so I better get to it. Thanks for the post. Brenda

  2. I definitely mutter. I find no joy in decluttering anything around my house.

  3. I always try to maintain my home clean and comfy for my family!

  4. I generally try to keep our home tidy, but the middle of the week gets tough. We always catch up on the weekend

  5. For me, cleaning everyday is the key. I can do it in the mornings and my house stay clean all day.

  6. I love to de-clutter! There is so much enjoyment from throwing away or donating all of that stuff I haven’t been using. Then, I realize how much more space I have. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  7. Sounds awesome! I make sure I get rid of the clutter in the house from time to time. The cleaner the house is, the clearer our minds are. It’s easier to focus when you don’t have so much things around the house, really.

  8. Great job fixing a decade-old thorn! Well, it’s something I would never bother to find a solution with anyway but I feel you guys, sometimes we have to take action and I’m glad I’m used to cleaning!

  9. We are in the middle of a big declutter because we are moving house soon. It feels so good to get rid of junk

  10. I mutter more than I shout with glee. I try and work on a room a day to keep in from getting decluttered and messy. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

  11. I love to declutter, it’s such a great feeling to get rid of things you don’t need.

  12. I just have to clean a lot because of my 4 dogs. They shed a lot of fur. I do declutter my closet a lot because I have so much clothes.

  13. I definitely mutter while I am picking up clutter. I always seem to be cleaning something every day that leads to another project that I want to do.

  14. I’m one of those who cleans once a day so my place very rarely gets cluttered. I’m convinced it’s impossible to live in clutter if you keep up with things

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