Happy New Year! Are You Drowning in Clutter?
Happy New Year! It seems that we are finally over our Christmas Flu, and we actually were able to spend some nice family time together during a Winter VBS at church, and some fun bonding over movies last night for New Years Eve.
With January comes that fresh start that we all long for. Last January I wanted to focus on complaining less, and baking more. . .which does not seem to be two things that go together, but they really do. When I took a deep breath and took hold of my emotions, I was able to also relax and enjoy time with my family doing something that they love: spending time with me in the kitchen. Now, that increase of baking has shown in my size, and it is also time for me to take control of my 40 year old body, so that we can enjoy having me around for years to come.
This year, I want to focus on two specific areas. One concerns my faith life. On Sunday I listened to Dakotapastor read the words of Colossians 3:12-17.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:12-17 ESV)
I remember working with helping Dakotateen memorize these words when he was a wee tot. And I was reminded about how important these words are. Paul wrote them to the Colossian Church to instruct them on how to live with each other and within the Body of Christ, the church. I feel a renewed calling to focus on these words and apply them to how I live our my daily life. So, you’ll be hearing a lot more about this passage in the next month!
I also feel the need to really declutter our home. I get bits and pieces straightened out, but I’m coming to realize that my clutter is causing me anxiety. It makes me anxious when I am trying to get out the door and cannot find matching shoes for the little ones. I’ve worked on decluttering in the past. . .but I think I went about it the wrong way. I tried to declutter AND organize at the same time. The problem is, for a messy like me, this leads to failure. My problem is not that I don’t have enough bins and caddies to keep everything super organized . . . the fact is, I have too much stuff!
When I have cleared out clutter in certain areas, I have noticed that I feel noticeably calmer. For instance, in the past few weeks I finally caught up our laundry deficit. All of our laundry is clean. All of our socks are matched. Everything is put away. Now I do a load of laundry a day to keep caught up. (Now, I’m not naive, I know that there will be another laundry deficit, but for now. . .this is bliss!) My point is, having no laundry clutter makes me so much calmer. I know that everyone has all of the clothing that they need for the next day. I’m not scrambling to match socks for various family members. I find one basket of clothes rather quick and easy to fold and put away.
Friends, I want my whole house to feel like this. I’m really, really tired of digging through piles to find “that one thing” that I need. Quite frankly, I’m pretty sure my family is sick of it too.
Thankfully, my favorite fellow slob is one step ahead of me! Nony the Slob has and is going through her own deslobbificaton process on her blog, “A Slob Comes Clean”. I’ve written before about her ebook, 28 Days to hope For Your Home. Well, Nony has done it again, and I think she is going to make a difference in our home! She just released her newest eBook, Drowinng in Clutter, yesterday! it is on Sale for only $3 through tomorrow, January 2, and then will be $4 through the rest of January. Let me tell you, if you are drowning in clutter (like me), it is so worth the cost of a cup of coffee! If you have not read “28 Days to Hope For Your Home” yet, you can purchase both together in a set for only $4 through tomorrow or for $6 through the end of January!