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!
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!
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”
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!
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?