Day 1: The Reality of It

Day one of my current purge has come and gone. At first, I was a bit saddened when it began to dawn on me that the five days I have set aside for this mission are not going to result in the incredibly simplified, organized home that I envision when I close my eyes and think of what our humble surroundings could be. It is just not enough time to completely deal with twenty-plus years of accumulations and a downsize that happened too quickly for the mass declutter that was truly needed.

However, last evening when my husband and daughter returned from work and school, we sat down together at the dining room table and enjoyed our dinner together. This encouraged lots of sharing and connecting in ways that are missed when we eat in front of the TV, or she goes off to her room with a plate and some homework.

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She also joined me in the office/spare room/major stash n’ dash territory… and poured over some old photos I had unearthed of her early childhood, family members that are now gone, and days when her dad and I were much younger.  We laughed, remembered together, and shed some tears at the memories of those we loved.

Later, before bed last night, my hubby closed himself in the office with the dog (I heard lots of let-go’s, what are you doing’s, and put that down’s!) and emerged later having gone through some shelves of books and magazines that he is willing to let go of. Yeah!

So clearly, as a family, we have

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And the purge goes on…

already begun to benefit from letting go of the clutter in our home. Connections were made, memories were shared, some things we’d been looking for, or had forgot about, were uncovered and will be given new life, and the inspiration has caught fire to pitch in and continue the declutter.

Captain’s log: First day of the purge, total success! Ready for day two!

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Simply Hanging My Head in Shame… Again

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Hi all (sheepish grin). This wouldn’t be the first time I have resurfaced after an extended hiatus, only to admit that I am embarrassed and hanging my head in shame that I have not reached many of my goals for a simplified life. My heart longs for space. Space in my home. Space in my office. Margin in my schedule. And ultimately a clearness of mind. The kind that results in  peaceful, deliberate living, and joy of life.

Recently, while contemplating subjects to blog about, and more than once starting down the road on a passionate subject, I have finalized a product that was inadvertently erased. Having, of course, saved it several times throughout the process, I was (and still am) highly discouraged to have lost some of the blogs that I felt most strongly about.

In such cases I have found myself asking – Am I worthy of this blog? Does anyone really care what I have to say? After all, I don’t have it all together. I certainly don’t have the answers. Especially for anyone looking to flawlessly begin their own mass declutter, and simple living lifestyle. Goodness, I can hardly manage to find the time to express the ideas in my head. And when I do – Poof! Gone. Can I really help someone else through this process without being an expert myself, I asked?

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Yes. Plain and simple. Why? Because I am just like you. We share the same types of goals and hopes for our futures, and are facing similar obstacles at the same time. I may not have the answers right now, but I can walk alongside you as we figure out what works best for us, in our own time, and in our own unique situations. I will stumble, and I may fall. But I will get back up and continue.

In the Bible, time after time, God calls on those who don’t appear worthy to do important things. Many who said, Who me, Lord? Surely you are mistaken. Who will listen to me?

I am trusting that I, too, can be used to encourage others through my own struggles and experiences  if I am obedient to the call on my heart.

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“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭NLT