'I wanted to share a story with you about my sister. She's as bad or worse than I am, and she came to stay the week with me a couple weeks ago. I handed her my book ("Organized Simplicity") and told her she should read it. She was reading it, and then just shouted out "I don't want to move!". I was taken back because I didn't tell her to move, but evidently God did :) She is wanting to stay home and homeschool her oldest son and her baby. Anyways, they are living above their means and her husband knew they needed to move for a long time. Fast forward to today... their house is now on the market and they're looking for a smaller, more affordable home for them. She has also gotten rid of 20 lawn & leaf bags of "stuff" that they don't "love or find useful".'Isn't that exciting?? I'm so glad Abby shared that with us, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is going to bless Libby and her family for their faithfulness to follow His guiding of their family.
I hope you had a good week in your kitchen! How did it go? Though I was looking forward to working on my kitchen, I bypassed it this week and went to my closet. With the fire that happened here in Perryton Friday evening and the clothes drive that is taking place for the victims who lost their homes, I decided my time would best be spent cleaning out more clothes and finding what was of appropriate sizes to donate. You have to keep in mind that I have gone through my closet once already and gotten rid of many items. As embarassing as it is to admit, Monday I cleaned out about a dozen items that were of a size that I could donate to the fire victims and cleaned out another five pairs of shoes and about two dozen other items of clothes that I either don't love or don't wear anymore! Yes, I love clothes! Up until this class, I've shopped when I wanted to shop, and when I found bargains (which is my favorite way to shop), I would buy something if it was a good deal. Now, though, I shop only when there is an item of clothing that I need in order to dress the way I want to dress. I must love every item in my closet or else it goes out, and if I buy something new, something else has to go out. Just because I have the space in my closet (I am blessed with a huge walk-in closet) doesn't mean I need to fill every available space with clothes.
But enough of that--I am ready to go back now and do my kitchen!! Here's a couple of questions for the comments section:
- What is your biggest clutter issue in the kitchen--is it piles of mail? A disorganized pantry? Too many (must-have) gadgets?
- If you had to choose one, what is your most favorite/important gadget or appliance?
I've realized, as a result of this book, that I am a lover of gadgets! I love to cook, so any gadget that is out there that might be useful to me is attractive! But as Tsh points out in this week's chapter, single-use gadgets are often not worth the space they consume. Many of the gadgets that I thought I just had to have I now see as clutter. I can do the job of several gadgets with just one or two basic tools. So when I finally get at my kitchen, I will be happily getting rid of several space-consuming gadgets and will rejoice over some extra cabinet space!
As for my favorite gadget or appliance, it would be my slow-cooker, hands down. I LOVE my slow-cooker and use it at least once a week if not several times a week. I would be so sad if I were to have to make do without it!
This week, we will be tackling our bathrooms!! Our assignments include:
- Read Chapter 12
- Continue memorizing Matthew 6.19-21
- Declutter, clean & organize bathroom(s)