New Year, New Beginnings …

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Happy New Year to you guys (& gals)!   I love the idea of a fresh start, don’t you?  Reminds me of the Scripture in Lamentations 3:22-23 that says, “His mercies are new every morning.”  Everyone loves a clean slate.  

Well, the organizing bug has seriously bitten me this month and I am purging like crazy!  If it’s not nailed down, it just may be subject to being added to the Salvation Army donation bag! Haha!  I made a drop off run a couple of weeks ago to the Salvation Army, and will make another run next week.  It is amazing to me how quickly things accumulate, despite constantly donating to charity!

I think sometimes I hold onto things because I may use them the proverbial “one day” or feelings of guilt, especially if the item was a gift or something I spent a good bit of money on.  Whatever the case may be, no longer!  I am on a serious mission to get rid of anything that no longer has purpose in our household.

We recently took 3 paper bags chock full of books and a couple CD’s to a used bookstore.  I knew I wouldn’t re-read them and they were just collecting dust.  The positive result was a $10 store credit.  I know, that’s not much.  But, they helped me get rid of my clutter.  I can only begrudge them so much.  They are, after all, in business to make a profit.  The downside to that expedition is that we spent much more than our store credit that beautiful Saturday afternoon!  But, I digress…

I’m a beginner quilter and have accumulated a fair amount of fabric, so I recently sorted through my stockpile for donation candidates.  I filled an entire kitchen trash bag, so I’ll send that home with my sister the next time she visits.  She’ll take it to our favorite little Mennonite thrift shop.  Lots of quilters there would find my discards useful.

These are just a few examples of what I’ve been sorting through.  So, I challenge you to survey your closets, craft supplies, etc. and see what you come up with that you no longer need.  I’m looking forward to spring for many reasons (can’t wait to see my daffodils and hyacinths bloom again!), but also because that’s when we’ll be able to really organize our garage.    No matter how much we have gotten rid of, we always have more that we can pare down!

Are any of you like me, in that your spouse likes to hold onto things and you like to purge and simplify?  If so, you know what it’s like to walk a tightrope when organizing and trying to gain control of things.  If it were up to me, we’d get rid of even more, but alas, I concede for the sake of peace.  🙂

Whenever I need motivation to organize or clean, I have found videos on YouTube to be very helpful.  Somehow getting ideas from others and watching them clean lights a fire under me as well.

I also have found making a list to be foundational to accomplishing my goals.  I’m Type A, so lists are right up my alley!  I love paper and pens!  🙂  And, the older I get, the more I find myself relying on those paper and pens.  I think it has to do with being busier than ever also, at least that’s what I tell myself.  Haha!  When I write a task down or type it up, I am holding myself accountable to accomplishing it.  It’s also fun crossing it off my list! Cheap thrills, I know.  🙂

My overall goal for 2014 is to simplify.  Living simply.  That just sounds therapeutic, doesn’t it?  I’m at the stage in my life where I’ve got a lot going on with the kids, caring for my aging father, being a wife, etc.  Some things just need to be simple because many areas of my life are complex.  It’s called maintaining my sanity, downsizing my stress levels, finding peace.

So, simplicity is my motto for this year.  Sometimes not only things in our lives are clutter, but also non-essential habits can also be mental clutter.  My focus this year more than ever is on the Word of God, for it is there I find true and lasting peace.  I’m also bent on being more deliberate with my time, being productive, investing in others who are important in my life, and just living life with purpose.  At the end of the day, it’s not about things anyway.  It’s about doing things that truly count in life.  That’s why organizing and living simply fit so well into how I want to spend 2014.

So, here’s wishing all of you a happy, productive and blessed New Year!059

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  1. I giggled all throughout your post thinking, “yep, that’s me, too!” I, too, have been doing all sorts of purging. In fact, I loaded up the back of the van this afternoon and after Bible study tomorrow morning, I’m doing the final release: GoodWill! 😉 My hubs likes to keep stuff, too, but I think he’s catching on to the FREEDOM and JOY that comes from having space to live and knowledge of knowing where your things are. We’re a bit on the younger side: our three children are 5, 3, and 1. 🙂 So, I am hoping that in the next few decades, we’ll see eye-to-eye–or even–eye-to-chin on home organization. lol. I’m so glad you started your blog. Looking forward to your next post. Krista

    • Hi, Krista! Thanks so much for your positive and cheerful comments! I agree, it’s so nice when we can easily lay our hands on items, rather than being frustrated or buying duplicates. (I’ve never done this before! No, not me! haha … Well, okay, maybe once.) Sounds like you’re busy organizing too! Awesome! It’s such a challenge to corral the chaos when the kids are small, especially with all the toys! I remember the stage well. We had so many Little Tykes ride on toys, trucks, etc. Ah, enjoy your little ones! They grow so quickly!! More great posts to come…stay tuned! God bless! 🙂

  2. I would LOVE to simplify…. I just need to find time to do it! HAHA! I have submerged myself in my writing on top of the homeschooling and cooking from scratch…and have not spent any time on getting rid of clutter. But that is a goal of mine!

    • One thing I’ve learned over the years is there are times and seasons for all things. It sounds like you’re pretty busy, but even five or ten minute purging sessions can be helpful. 🙂 Depending on the ages of your kids, they could even help. Thanks for your comment. Have a blessed day! 🙂

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