Archives for December 2013

What To Do With Bedspreads And Comforters

How many of these two have you owned in your lifetime? Maybe dozens? Just when you think you have the perfect bedspreads or comforters in your rooms……they come out with new patterns and designs. At some point you give in and buy the patterned look and then you are bombarded with ads saying the solids are back in style.  white comforter

And just when you have painted your room that perfect color, to match what’s on your bed, you are told that wallpaper is now back in style.

NEED OR WANT?

Businesses are in the business of making money. Their job is to continue to come out with the latest and greatest look, whether it’s clothes or something for the house. But be honest. Most of the time we really don’t need many of the things we buy, (me included).

It’s nice to have something new and that can make us feel temporarily happy but if you think it through you might just say NO to that new bedspread or comforter.

Eventually what you buy today will be old tomorrow.

I had 2 comforters that were in the closet. They were still in decent shape and I kept thinking I would use them if we had a visitor spend the night. We did have visitors spend the night but we never needed to use the comforters.

It was time to make a decision. Every bed in the house has what it needs. These things were taking up valuable space. Letting go of things, (gifted or bought) that are no longer being used, gets easier every time you declutter.

The holiday season is almost over. Did you use that extra comforter you have kept all these years for guests? If not, then think about decluttering the extra bedspreads and comforters around the house.

Make some room!

What God Thinks About Stuff

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Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6: 19-21

FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO.

treasure in heaven verse

Time to declutter, Clutters Last Stand

This book, along with many others, have inspired and motivated me to get organized. These books collectively confirm the key to organization.

The key to organization is to declutter.

It’s almost too simple.

If you have less stuff to organize, you will be more successful.

More and more I’m leaning towards minimalism, and I like it. Living with others will force us to compromise and teach us those life lessons we often don’t like to learn. However, if you begin to get rid of some of your stuff them maybe others in the house will like what they see and do the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Distraught Grandma

Last week a co-worker told me about a recent event that happened in his family. His wife’s sister, her husband and kids moved into grandma’s house. One day, when Grandma was gone, they thought they would do her a favor and organize the garage to make room for their stuff.   This meant taking her old stuff and getting rid of it. They were making the decision for her, without her knowing about it.  After a couple of big trips to the goodwill and even the trash dump, Grandma returned.

Grandma was not just, not happy, she was horrified.

It not only caused big resentments, just in time for the holidays but she had actually hidden some of her Christmas gifts within the piles of stuff that were discarded.

Helping someone organize against their will is a really bad idea. The ironic thing about it is, eventually they will be the ones to have to go through her stuff.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

 

Is It Worth Keeping?

pink buttoned shirtThis morning, like every morning, I stand in front of the closet and make that same decision. What do I wear today?

Most of us women have less pants, but more shirts, tops and blouses. Therefore, the bigger decision is usually what top to wear.

If the criteria is; keep if you have worn during the year, then I am OK to keep everything, but….

Is it necessary to keep if you only wear few times a year? My conclusion is, NO.

Years ago I went to a funeral, wearing a blouse with buttons.  It was about a month after my first son was born and I was feeling proud of the weight I had lost. I thought I would only be there a couple of hours, in time to get back home and nurse.  The service was a little longer than expected and I of course wanted to visit with people and eat a bite.

At some point while eating, a man signaled to me to look down at my blouse and to my horror 2 buttons had snapped. I have no idea how long I was walking around exposing myself but I have forever been aware since that day, that blouse buttons do occasionally pop open. Maybe this is why I rarely pick blouses but go more for the comfortable t-shirt type shirts.

I’m discovering more and more how freeing it is to have less stuff. Getting rid of what I don’t wear and narrowing it down from there is even more freeing.