Plan for a Quick Whole Home Declutter–—Dangers Involved!

This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.
This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.

   I began doing this in the 1980’s. The first time I used brown paper grocery bags. The danger with that is someone may think the bags contain trash and throw them out!!

·         I changed to white cardboard banker’s boxes available at Target, Walmart, Staples, Office Max and a variety of other sources.

·         You will need a location –(not your bedroom) to store the full boxes as you go through this process. The garage or attic may be a good short term solution. A few dangers here include;

o   out of sight, out of mind. You must commit to this project and keep going until it is done.

o   Garages can be cold, damp, and full of critters. Again, commit to working through this process quickly.

o   Attics get hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Extreme heat and cold can damage the items in the boxes. Avoid storing candles in boxes in the attic.

·         As you go, use a sharpie to label the box with the location the items came from and/or the general contents. (Example: Papers-—kitchen counters and table.) The danger here if you do not label the boxes is a stack of plain white boxes that all need to be gone through to locate any thing you may need.

·       Assemble the first box and either start near your front door or at the worst place in your home. Gather all clutter into the labeled box. Label and proceed to the next area and the next box.

·         Do not place trash into these boxes. Trash goes directly into a waste basket.

·         Continue through your home, gathering clutter, labeling boxes and placing the boxes neatly stacked into the area you’ve chosen for short term storage.

·         Do not stop with gathering the clutter. Now we are going to deal with it.

·         Bring in one box at a time and deal with the contents.

  • Put away.
  • Give away.
  • Throw away.
  • Return to rightful owner.

Commit to at least one box a day 6 days a week until the process is complete.

·         You can add a repair box for items that need some attention. Gather glue, tools, needle and thread and fix those items regularly. I saved a day– a whole day for my first trip into my repair box. It took a half an hour. It probably isn’t as bad as you think and will not take as long as you think. After repair: Put away. Give away. Return.

·         Always return an item in as good condition or better than you received it. If there is a problem be honest, take responsibility and work it out.

·         Keep one box after the process for quick declutters. Swoop through the house and gather up all the stuff that has not been put away. Allow family members to redeem by doing an age appropriate task. Give fair warning and then act.  Example: “In five minutes the clutter box is coming to visit and anything not put away will go into the box.” OR  “In ten minutes the clutter box is visiting your room (or the bathroom, family room, playroom), anything left out will go in the box.”  Be reasonable but firm.

·         You can use a box to declutter a drawer, shelf, cabinet or closet. Remove everything to the box. Return the items that belong in that area. Distribute other items to where they belong. Deal with anything remaining in the box.

·         Be consistent and persistent. You will get it done. This strategy will work if you stick with it. If you hide stacks of white boxes and do not deal with them it will be a disaster and you should be ashamed of yourself. 3;-)

·         Do all for the glory of God. (SoloDeo Gloria)

Love and Hugs,

Mary P

2 Timothy 2:15

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Designate a Place

My perfumes and powders reside on my dresser in this basket.
My perfumes and powders reside on my dresser in this basket.

My goal—to spend as little time cleaning as possible. The key—work smarter, not harder.

Designate each area of storage for a purpose.

If I know that my top drawer is for my underwear then when I put away my underwear I put it in the top drawer. If I need underwear I know that it is in my top drawer. Carry this principle to each storage area—large and small—in your home.

Ask yourself—If I were looking for this, where would I look?

Other principles– store items near where they are used.  Group like items together. Like items can be in what they are or how they are

I found these shoe storage boxes at Dollar Tree. They are labelled with the type of shoe stored in them.
I found these shoe storage boxes at Dollar Tree. They are labelled with the type of shoe stored in them.

used. Are these items kitchen utensils, office supplies, articles of clothing? Some items are used in many areas—I have scissors in the laundry area, in our desks, in my closet for snipping stray threads, in the kitchen, and in my gift wrap center. I have lint rollers in my closet, in the laundry area, and in the coat closet—stored where lint rollers would potentially be needed.

Place, don’t stash. The drawer in the end table near where I normally sit has a variety of items—stamps, return address labels, pens, and coasters as well as they key to turn off the gas in our gas fireplace. That is a variety of items but are all things I use in that area. I use small bins I found at Target and the Dollar Tree to corral like items within the drawer. Items are placed, not stashed in the drawers.

Keys and OutGoing Mail Live Here
Keys and Out-Going Mail Live Here

Designate a place for:

  • Your keys
  • Your purse, backpack
  • Your coats
  • The various categories of your clothes
  • Your books and papers
  • Bills

Knowing where to store the items in your home  will save you time and money. Be purposeful.

What About the Stuff I Love? Gifts that Have Been Given to Me?

A very lovely friend asked about sentimental clutter:

So glad you posted all those wonderful tips on letting go of stuff.  Now here’s a question.  I have lots of stuff “on display” that I received as gifts from my mother and close friends.  I keep it for one of several reasons:

-I like to look at it

-they might notice if it wasn’t on display

-it’s associated with a particular memory and person

​So how to I cull my “stuff” when I’m dealing with those points?​

The Capodimonte Rose from my father is displayed on my dresser with a picture of my parents.
The Capodimonte Rose from my father is displayed on my dresser with a picture of my parents.

Our homes don’t have to be sterile, if you are willing to do the dusting feel free to display items that have meaning to you. After I clear a surface I try to make it attractive to discourage stuff being left on every flat surface. If we have too much on display those lovely items lose their impact. My china cabinet is one place I designate for those things I have received from my grandparents and parents. I am fully aware that I am decorating challenged but I have tried to group similar items for display because I do like them. Some other ways I have dealt with things I love:

  • My mother’s baby blanket is in a shadow box and displayed above a cabinet in my hallway upstairs.
  • A Capodimonte rose my father gave me is on my dresser.
  • My grandmother Ardini’s teapot, sugar bowl, and creamer are on an antique desk a precious friend gave me at the top of the stairs near my bedroom.

    My daughter Amy gave me the antique teapot that is on a try on my bed. It is filled with pot pourri.
    My daughter Amy gave me the antique teapot that is on a try on my bed. It is filled with pot pourri.
  • I have arranged the baskets and other memorabilia I like on top of my kitchen cabinets—this of course means that I am willing to get on my step ladder and dust them regularly.

Try to feature the things you love. If there is just too much, can you put some away and rotate them seasonally with other things on display. As with my mom’s baby blanket, combining some articles in a shadow box may be a lovely way of both protecting them and displaying them.

Precious items require care and protection. Go through your home and determine if these items are being displayed in a way that makes it possible to provide that care and protection.

Root out those things that do not have meaning to you. Pass them on to someone who may enjoy them.

My China Cabinet
My China Cabinet

Remember our homes are not museums but places for life to happen, take care to not let the past keep you from having a present.

I try to honor Roy and make sure I display some things that have meaning to him, too.

Again, our homes do not have to be sterile but do reserve room for life. In my kitchen I keep everything on the back 1/3 of the counters so I can actually prepare food there. I work to keep my dining room table clear and refuse to leave papers or stuff there. The same is true of my bathroom counters. There are a few things displayed or kept there but space is kept clear so Roy can shave, and I can put on my makeup.

If we put away or get rid of things that do not have meaning and just have been left out there will be room for those things that do have meaning.

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Mission: Get out a camera and take a picture of each room and the individual surfaces in that room. Examine the pictures. What is lovely and useful and what is just too much stuff? Select places for the things you love. Root out the stuff that you don’t.

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Talk to people who have given you things. They may have given it to you because they did not have room to display it. Ask for the story behind it if you don’t know it and write the story down so people will know what is it and why you kept it. Our homes should reflect our heart and our hearts should ever be at home there.

Open Your Drawers, Cupboards, and Closets–What is hiding in there?

The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

Every time you go through your home, every time you are in an Area of Focus, take time to open and examine each drawer, cupboard, and closet.

  • Maintain what you have already accomplished by putting each area back in order any time you find anything out of place.
  • Continue to release things you realize you do not need or use. Remember, to earn a place in your home an item must be useful or beautiful, preferably both.
  • Be aware of what you have and where it is stored. Yesterday as I was going through the storage in my office I found a recipe I had been looking for and thought was lost forever. When I was severely disorganized I continually bought new items because I could not locate what I already had.
  • Each time you go through your home you will get better at releasing things you do not need, especially those things that have value but are taking up valuable space. Some people are paying for storage units to keep junk. If you don’t need it, if you don’t use it, if it makes you miserable, get rid of it—donate it, give it to someone who wants it and will use it, or throw it away.

Nothing works unless you do it–cleaning out your bags

Each Friday I ask you to clean out your purses, diaper bags, computer bags, or whatever you carry with you when you go out the door. I finished facilitating a Daniel Plan class Wednesday night at church. This morning I cleaned out my bag and put away the DVD, books, and other materials from the class instead of leaving the bag sitting in a corner. My next church class is the next New Believers’ Class beginning June 1. The bag will go back into service then for the length of the class.

Don’t leave bags–tote, purses, diaper, computer, briefcases or even suitcases sitting around. Empty them and put them away until you are ready to use them again. Clean out your bags each Friday so they don’t become black holes holding things that you are sure you have lost forever.

Hugs,

Mary

How to Declutter

How to Declutter

This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.
This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.

One of the mistakes we commonly make when we declutter is dragging out the contents of every drawer, closet, nook and cranny. Concentrate on one small area at a time.
 Before you start to declutter make sure you are showered, dressed, and have your normal daily tasks completed.
 Prepare four boxes, crates, bags or containers. I like three bins and a basket.
 Label them PUT AWAY, GIVE AWAY, and THROW AWAY. The basket is for RETURNS.
 Set a timer for the amount of time you have decided to declutter each day (5, 10, 15, 30 45 or 60 minutes)
 Start near your regular point of entry into you home. Work around each room dealing with each object as you reach it.
 It doesn’t matter which direction you work in, you decide. But I do like to work from top to bottom. Again, left or right does not matter.
 Decide whether an item is where it needs to be or if it needs to be given away, thrown away or put away somewhere else.
 Do not leave the room to put items away in a different room. You will be distracted.
 When the timer goes off put the items to give away in your car trunk to take to your favorite charity, or someone who needs them. Do not bless people with clutter they do not need, please.
 Put the trash in the trash receptacle.
 Put items from the PUT AWAY container where they belong. Do not attempt to declutter areas you have not reached yet. That area will have its day.
 Be focused and do not allow yourself to be distracted. Work intently and quickly during your decluttering time.
 Do not take out more than you can put away in a few minutes.
 The kitchen is one of the most challenging rooms. Save the kitchen for last.
 Remember the purpose of each room and what happens in that room. (Bill paying, reading, sleeping, eating, playing, viewing television, etc.) Remove anything from a room that is not related to purpose but remember beauty and whimsy are purposeful. They feed your soul.
 Do not go out and purchase organizers until you have decluttered and know what you need. Organizers can become clutter.
 Store items closest to their place of use. If you don’t, these items will migrate and settle into the areas where they are used.
 Finish one room before you move into the next.
 Make note of the place where you stop each day.
 When I am finished decluttering a flat surface, I like to place something pretty or interesting on it. If surfaces look attractive people are less likely to put junk on it.

3/3/2014–Routine; Decluttering and Cleaning Your Living Room/Family Room; Walking Through Philippians: Paul Commends Timothy and Epaphroditis; Cleaning Your Ceiling Fan

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 9-10; Psalm 43

Area of Focus: March 1st to March 7th: Living Room/Family RoomIMG_0001

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

Each Monday Launch Your Week by Picking Up around the House to Bring it Back into Order After the Weekend and Clean All Your Toilets

Check Your Bathroom(s) to Make Sure You Are Aware of Anything You Will Need to Buy – Paper, Personal, or Cleaning Products

Area of Focus: Your Living Room and Family Room

Get ready for a major declutter in your Living Room/Family Room

  • Spend 15 to 30 minutes each day going through a small area in these areas this week.
  • Pick a place to begin and work your way around or out.
  • Either start at the door and work your way around the room either to the right or left.
  • OR begin in the far corner of the room and work your way out of the room.
  • Deal with each drawer, shelf, cabinet, or surface as you come to it.
  • Remove everything from one small area at a time. Replace only what you decide to keep in that area.
  • Keep like items or items used for the same purpose together.
  • You must decide where you will keep each item. If every drawer is a miscellaneous drawer you will continue to have cluttered, messy drawers.
  • You can find drawer dividers to corral small items at Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree and specialty stores as well as online.
  • Don’t over organize. Don’t buy organizers until you have identified a need for them. Organizers can become part of the clutter.
  • Each item is either a Keep, Put Away Someplace Else, Donate, or Toss. Things that belong to others can be put in a basket near your door to deliver to its rightful owner on your next errand day.

Cleaning Your Living Room/Family Room

I will post the Living Room/Family Room Cleaning Checklist Again separately but here is the pattern

  • Start high and work your way down.
    • Are there any cobwebs in your corners or on your walls?
    • Do you have ceiling fans that need attention?
    • Don’t forget to dust your window treatments and curtains as well as your blinds and window sills.
    • Dust the surfaces in your living room. Again, start high and work your way down. The answer to “Do I dust or vacuum first?” is –Dust first.
    • Check the storage areas (shelves, drawers, and cabinets) in these rooms and put them into order.
    • Vacuum thoroughly—behind, under and around.
    • When you clean under the cushions of your couch use care. You may encounter sharp objects. I can honestly say you never know what you will find there.
    • Finally, take out the trash. Stand back and look around to enjoy the work you’ve accomplished.
    • Maintain, maintain, maintain.
    • Keep a basket for quick pickups. Empty the basket soon to keep it from becoming a catch all.

Walking Through Philippians: Philippians 2:19-30 Paul Commends Timothy and Epaphroditis

Paul Commends Timothy

IMG_0351What are Paul’s Plans?

  • 19If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit.
  • Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along.

How does Paul speak of Timothy?

  •  20I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.
  • 21All the others care only for themselves
  • and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.
  •  22But you know how Timothy has proved himself.
  • Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.

What more does Paul say about his plans?

  • 23I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here.
  • 24And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.
  • Paul Commends Epaphroditus

What are Paul’s plans for Epaphroditis?

  • 25Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you.

How does Paul speak of Epaphroditis?

  • He is a true brother,
  • co-worker,
  • and fellow soldier.
  • And he was your messenger to help me in my need.

Why is Paul sending Epaphorditis back to them?

  • 26I am sending him because he has been longing to see you,
  • and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill.
  •  27And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died.
  • But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
  • 28So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him,
  • and then I will not be so worried about you.

How does Paul instruct the Philippians to treat Epaphroditis?

  •  29Welcome him with Christian love
  • and with great joy,
  • and give him the honor that people like him deserve.

Why does Epaphroditis deserve honor?

  •  30For he risked his life for the work of Christ,
  • and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.

Tomorrow—The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ.

Hugs,

Mary

Cleaning Ceiling Fans

Take an old pillow case (I think cotton works best) and slip it over each blade of the fan. Slide your hands over the blade to collect the dust into the pillow case. Finish by dusting the main housing with your ostrich feather, lamb’s wool, of Swiffer duster. Occasionally remove the light shades and wash. If the bowls are extremely dirty, run them through your dishwasher

Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Routines, Pick Up After Yourself, Walking Through Philippians: Philippians 2:1-11 Humility Looks Good on Jesus

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 5-6; Psalm 41

February 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch

Tuesday: The Front Porch and Duster Dance Day

Looking forward to putting out our Spring/Summer pillows and wreath on the porch next month
Looking forward to putting out our Spring/Summer pillows and wreath on the porch next month

 

Pick Up After Yourself

While we have been at the hospital, I noticed a habit I have that I wasn’t aware of having.  Several times a day I stop and put everything in order. After Roy was assigned to this room

I looked to see what storage areas were available to try to keep the flat surfaces clear.

  • I brought hangers from home and hung his clothing (and mine) up in the closet.
  • His shoes and the bags we used to carry things in are also in the closet.
  • There was an empty cabinet and I placed as much as I could neatly store in there (toiletries, food for me, clean underwear.
  • I put Roy’s glasses and cell phone in the drawer of the bedside table. I am keeping the bedside table clear except for Roy’s Bible, tissues, and ice chips.

Each time I am considering going home for a shower or some other reason I look for anything I can take home with me so the room does not become any more cluttered than necessary.

I remembered that when the children were growing up, several times a day I would call out “Clean Up!” We would race around and pick up whatever needed to be put away. This kept everything from getting too far out of order.

I realized I also do this when we are staying in a hotel room.  Depending on our length of stay (overnight versus a few days) I either work from our suitcases or I put everything away so the room is less cluttered.

In all these cases, it’s a little effort but contributes to peace of mind.

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day and Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • Our Front Porch--I'm looking forward to Spring!
    Our Front Porch–I’m looking forward to Spring!
    Get rid of clutter. Put away unneeded items. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out light bulbs. (M)
  • Remove spider webs (M)
  • Wipe down banisters and light fixtures. (M)
  • Wipe down porch furniture. (M)
  • Sweep porch and walkway. (As needed)
  • Get rid of dead plants. (M) Deadhead live plans (D)
  • Do any shrubs need to be pruned back?(S)
  • Do any plants need repotting?(S)
  • Does your doorbell work? Does it need to be replaced or a new battery?(M)

 

Walking Through Philippians: Philippians 2:1-11 Have the Attitude of Christ

What are the rhetorical questions Paul asks as Philippians 2 begins? (These rhetorical questions assume a yes answer.)

  • 1Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? (yes)
  • Any comfort from his love? (yes)
  •  Any fellowship together in the Spirit? (yes)
  • Are your hearts tender and compassionate? (yes)

Since all these things are true, what are we to do?

  • 2Then make me truly happy by
    • agreeing wholeheartedly with each other,
    • loving one another,
    • and working together with one mind and purpose.

What else are we to do?

  • 3Don’t be selfish;
  • don’t try to impress others.
  • Be humble,
    • thinking of others as better than yourselves.
    •  4Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.image

What attitude are we to have?

5You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

What was Jesus’ attitude?

  • 6Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
  • 7Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    • he took the humble position of a slave
    • and was born as a human being.
    • When he appeared in human form,
    • 8he humbled himself in obedience to God
    • and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 

What was the Father’s response?

 

  • 9Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    • and gave him the name above all other names,
    • 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

 

Where?

  • in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

 

And what will the people say?

11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Hugs,

Mary

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 7-8; Psalm 42

February 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch

Wednesday: The Entry and Desk DayIMG_0002

  • Pay Bills
  • Deal with Paperwork
  • Take Care of Personal and Family Business (Cards, Notes, Phone Calls)

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

Thursday, February 19, 2014: Routines, Make an Appointment with Yourself, and Welcome to Philippians

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus  39-40; Psalm 38

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

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Thursday is Floor Day—Clean Your Hard Floors and don’t forget the baseboards

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes

Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies

Make an Appointment

IMG_0390As you plan your week, plan the things you want to be part of your week.

Do you want to exercise? Morning, afternoon, or evening? How many days a week? Monday, Wednesday, and Friday? Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday?

The routines I share with you each day can be tucked into time pockets in your day. When?

Make appointments with yourself, and keep them.

Most activities from housework, to exercise, to taking care of bills and paperwork, can be done in 15 minutes or less. If we don’t have an hour, we assume we don’t have time. Fifteen minutes of exercise in the morning or when you get home from work or even short (5 minutes an hour) exercise breaks at your desk will make a big difference when done faithfully over time.

The same is true of your home. You can even declare commercial time on television as family quick pickups. When commercials come on your family can scatter to different tasks—gather the laundry, gather the trash, move clothes from the washer to the dryer and bring back a load to fold, during the next commercial break everyone takes their laundry to their room and puts it away.

Your family can also scatter to different rooms—bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room and do a five minute pickup.

Laugh and make it fun.

Take care to not overschedule. If you do not have time to take care of yourself and your family, it may not be that you have too much to do but that you are doing too much. Examine your priorities and make time for Quiet Time, worshipping with your family, intentional time with your husband and children, and what needs to be done before what you think you should be doing or what you want to do. I believe in planning down time to read a book, have lunch with friends and a date night but unless you are intentional in your planning you will not have time to enjoy your family and your life.

Welcome to a Walk through Philippians: Philippians 1:1-11—Paul Opens His Letter to the Philippians and Shares His Love and Prayers for Them

Paul wrote this letter on joy while in prison.

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  • 1This letter is from Paul and Timothy,
    • slaves of Christ Jesus.

Who was the letter written to?

  • I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi
    • who belong to Christ Jesus,
    • including the eldersa and deacons.

How are the people greeted?

  • 2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you
    • grace
    • and peace.

What does Paul express about the people that he has written the letter to?

  • 3Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
  • 4Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,
  • 5for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

What is Paul certain of? 

  • 6And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished

When will the work be finished?

  • on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

How does Paul feel about the Philippians?

  • 7So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you,
  • for you have a special place in my heart.
  • You share with me the special favor of God,
    • both in my imprisonment
    • and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.
    • 8God knows how much I love you
    • and long for you
    • with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

How does Paul pray for the Philippians?

  • 9I pray that your love will overflow more and more,
  • and that you will keep on growing
    • in knowledge
    • and understanding.

Why?

  • 10For I want you to understand what really matters,
  • so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
  • 11May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation
    • —the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—
    • for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

Tomorrow–Paul’s joy that Jesus is preached

Hugs,

Mary

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 1-2; Psalm 39

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

February 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch

My China Cabinet Display the things you like instead of just storing them
My China Cabinet
Display the things you like instead of just storing them

Since the 28th is the last day of the month, make sure to give your bathroom(s) some attention over the next week.

 

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day

  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer case, or whatever you carry with you as you go out your door.
  • Vacuum the traffic areas. Give special attention to your Area of Focus.
  • Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes
  • Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies

 

Thursday, February 13, 2014: Routines; Another Unexpected Gift of Time-Snow Day; Walking Through Colossians: Colossians 1:23-2:5

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 27-28; Psalm 37

Area of Focus, February 8-14: The KitchenIMG_0403

Each Thursday is Floor Day

Clean Your Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, Linoleum. Don’t make it a career, just get them clean.

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

Snow Days—Seize the Time

We are experiencing a few more unexpected days off. You may need to just have a jammy day and cuddle with your kids. For me, I am going to attack my craft cabinets and get rid of the excess. I have designated the items from this declutter for the ROC Thrift store and Mercy Mall. It is always easier for me to let go of stuff, especially good stuff, if I know it is going to someplace worthwhile. In these circumstances I am not just purging, I am gifting.

Everything in your home should be something you:

  • Need
  • Enjoy
  • And/or Find Beautiful

If you don’t need it, enjoy it, or find it beautiful, get rid of it—

  • If it is valuable, sell it.
  • If it has sentimental value—take a picture. I kept my mom’s baby blanket. I got a display case and hung it on the wall.
  • If it makes you miserable—let it go.

You are never again going to use those college textbooks. Many of the papers in your home you will never use again and you waste time going through them over and over again—let them go.

Expired foods, medications, and personal care items are no good. They may make you sick. Let them go. The value is gone.

You don’t need a bigger home, in most cases. You need to let go of stuff.

We are so afraid if we let go of something, we will need it. I believe in being prepared but we don’t need it all. I do have a little emergency food, water, and toilet paper. I want to live in my home. Do you want to live in your home or use it as a storage unit?

The older, smaller homes that spot the landscape used to hold large families. Now smaller families live in those houses and there is not enough room. Now families live in houses two or more times larger and there is no space. It’s not the size of the house but the amount and size of the stuff that is the challenge. Let’s let go. Let’s share with those who have less, trusting God to supply what we need as we need it.

Thank You

I want to thank the sweet friend who sent me an unexpected gift. It came at a time when I would need encouragement and it was perfect for a need. I am so grateful to you for your gift of encouragement.  I pray that God will thoroughly bless you.

Walking Through Colossians: Colossians 1:24-2:5 Paul’s Work for the Church

IMG_0371What was Paul’s attitude?

  • 24I am glad when I suffer for you in my body,

Why?

  • for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church.

What was Paul’s responsibility?

  •  25God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.

Why wasn’t the entire message already known?

  • 26This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people.

What is the secret?

  • 27For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too.
  • And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.

What is Paul’s response?

  •  28So we tell others about Christ,
  • warning everyone
  • and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us.
  • We want to present them to God, perfectg in their relationship to Christ.
  • 29That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

Colossians 2

What was Paul’s heart toward them?

  • 1I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea,
  • and for many other believers who have never met me personally.
  • 2I want them to be encouraged
  • and knit together by strong ties of love.
  • I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan,

What is God’s mysterious plan?

  • which is Christ himself. 3In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Why is Paul telling them this?

  • 4I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments.
  • 5For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you.
  • And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.

Friday—Freedom and New Life in Christ

Hugs,

Mary

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Dayimage

Bible Reading: Exodus 29-30; Psalm 38

Area of Focus: February 8-14: The Kitchen

February 15-21: Your Bedroom, Closet and Bathroom

Each Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day

  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse (backpack, diaper bag, computer case, tote bag)
  • Vacuum the traffic areas of your home

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love