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Decluttering

I have today and tomorrow off work, so I’m working on more decluttering, trying to make order out of chaos.

The older I get, the more I realize this truth:

My body is older, so it gets tired more easily.  The world in which we live is utter chaos and life is just downright stressful.  So my mission is to make my home a peaceful sanctuary.  Part of doing that is spiritual (getting into the Word, getting the Word into me, praying, and listening to the Lord).  Part of it is physical — making my home look better.  Having an organized house can help to lessen the emotional stress I feel because things are in order.  I can find things more easily.  I don’t have as much to clean and care for, and when I open a closet or a drawer, it looks nice, not cluttered.

I’ve been reading Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be by Donna Partow.

I’m only reading the parts that really pertain to this stage of my life.  A couple of things resounded with me yesterday.  One was regarding clothes, which I love.  (The owner of the resale shop I frequently visit can attest to that fact.)  Anyway, Donna says we should have a core color, and make our wardrobe from that core.  My color would be black.  Love, love, love that color!

As I was pulling things from my closet to get ready to send off to the resale shop, I was mindful of a few things:

  • Does it fit?
  • Does the color look good on me?
  • Do I absolutely love it?

If the answer was no, it’s not going back into my closet.

Next, I thought about my holiday clothing that I forgot to take to the resale the last time we were there.  It’s taking up quite a bit of space in a cedar chest.  It doesn’t fit me any longer.  However, we can only make 2 appointments a year to take things in to the resale shop we use, and the 2nd one is in June.  This  means I must keep that holiday stuff in my cedar chest until the fall of 2016.  Not gonna happen!  It’s going to Goodwill.  I thought about the space it was using up and how much I thought I’d get in $ if I held on to it for the resale shop.  Is it worth the $?  Nope.  I’m getting it out of here.

Another thing Donna mentioned is going through hair care items and make-up.  That is now on my to-do list.  I don’t think I’ll have anything in the hair care line to get rid of since I’m pretty loyal to the products I currently use.  However, as for the make-up, I have way too much.  Time to clean it out.

I also plan to go through my CDs and figure out what ones I really want to keep.  My tastes have changed a lot throughout the years.  The older I get, the more I just want something soothing to my spirit — something that nourishes and refreshes my soul.  So why take up valuable space with music I no longer enjoy?

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Decluttering

While I’ve been on vacation, I’ve been tackling some decluttering projects.  Last night I did the hall pantry closet which looks AWESOME!!!!  (Until I do monthly grocery shopping next month!)

This morning I did two cabinets in the kitchen, the silverware drawer, and the entryway closet.  The entryway closet also looks AWESOME!!!  I had LOTS of notebooks in there.  Some were partially used.  I got rid of ALL of them.  I only kept the ones that were NEW.  Dh said I have a notebook hoarding problem.  Actually I bought them when they were on sale at the start of the school year several years back.  I was thinking dd would need LOTS of them for high school, and she didn’t end up using as many as I thought she would.  I pulled some out to give to nieces/nephews at our Christmas get together.

The older I get, the more I realize that LESS is MORE.  More freedom, more peace of mind, more space…..This quote sums it up quite well:

 

Gods at War

So, I invited you to come back today to see how my multi-tasking came back to “bite” me.  Well, I read an absolutely FANTASTIC book — as in, one of the BEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ.  It was:

So, I’m reading the book, getting convicted of some things from the very beginning of the book.  However, when I got to the chapter entitled “The God of Achievement,” I noticed that I relaxed a bit because I was thinking, “Oh, this doesn’t come close to fitting me because I’m not trying to climb some corporate ladder and stepping on people in the process.”

The author describes how many people love to make to-do lists, and take great pride in conquering those lists.  After all, we like to do things that can be seen and noticed by others.  Umm…yes, I do.  (sigh)  Busted again!!!  In fact, he even had the audacity to ask, “How often do you intend to spend time with God, only to find at the end of the day, that it’s the one thing on your list that you never got around to?”  (Umm, yes, I understand.  That question made me cringe too.)

While I was deeply convicted over and over throughout the book, it was a much-needed book.  I realized that I was getting too caught up in things of this world (some of which were actually GOOD things), but their position on my priority list had gotten out of order.

I feel much more “balanced” after having read the book.  My focus has changed a lot this week, as well as my attitude.  I’ve noticed that my joy has increased and I have a deeper sense of peace in my heart.

If you haven’t read the book yet, put it at the top of your priority list!!  It is a must-read!

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Conquering my to-do list

A few weeks ago, I posted about what all I managed to get done on my day off.  A fellow blogger commented about how much I manage to get done after working some 12 hour shifts.  There is a method to my “madness,” as you can see here:

While waiting on my 50-year-old body to loosen up in the morning before doing my workout, I will start tackling my to-do list. After my work out, I need to cool down before showering, so once again, I work on tasks that don’t require a whole lot of physical activity.  It might be washing the dishes or making my facial cleanser while cooling down. If you stay focused, it is amazing what you can accomplish in only 15-20 minutes!

Before starting school stuff with my dd, I might get something baking in the oven so I can still multi-task while working with her on school.

If you could hear the talk going on inside my head, you’d probably laugh at me! It’s all part of being a multi-tasker. My brain is constantly thinking of ways to get as much accomplished as quickly and easily as possible. When I work weekends, and things are slower, I will bring things from home to do — like menu planning, making a grocery list, balancing our checkbooks, home school planning, etc. That way, when I am home, I have more freedom to be present in body AND spirit.

Move forward to this week’s day off:

  • did laundry
  • boiled 3.5 pounds of chicken breasts
  • had my yearly OB/gyn check-up (come back in a few days to hear a hilarious story from that day, as well as a huge turnaround with hot flashes)
  • went to the bank
  • went to two grocery stores
  • worked out
  • made smoothies
  • made banana bread
  • got my clothes ready for the next 3 days
  • got evening meals planned out/written out for dh and dd for when I would be working two 12-hour shifts,
  • took a nap
  • washed dishes at least four times
  • did Bible study

This is my weekend off work.  I did the main thing on my to-do list:  I SLEPT IN!  And I also took a nap this afternoon.  I also cleaned out the pantry closet this evening.  I wish I would have taken a before and after picture.  It looks FANTASTIC!!!

Now, I have to admit, I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I can tackle my to-do lists, especially when those lists are really long.  However, check back tomorrow to see how my multi-tasking came back to “bite” me.

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Gifts for my daughter

I made a couple of binders for dd for Christmas this year.  One was a recipe binder.  It is much like the binder I made for myself.  It includes homemade mixes, main dishes, veggie dishes, salads, salad dressing mixes, baking mixes, desserts, cleaning recipes, and body care recipes.

Since she loves lists, I made her another binder that I call her homekeeping binder.  It has all kinds of lists such as: budgeting forms, monthly bills, important phone numbers, information for a babysitter to use, grocery list, food inventory list, gifts, addresses, medical information, car repair info, and so much more.  I did a lot of google searches, as well as checking on Pinterest to find ideas to use in putting it together.

I made one other binder, but it is empty on the inside so she can use it for whatever she wants.  I printed out some photos of Dr. Who stuff and used them on the front cover to decorate it.  Since she LOVES the Dr. Who show, this was a very fun, inexpensive, and EASY gift to put together.  She was very pleased with it.  You gotta love it when one of the gifts that makes your child’s face light up is one that cost the least amount of money!

My homemade recipe book (binder)

I wanted to make a recipe binder that would have my most-used recipes in one place, and thus, making my life easier.

Here is the front:

I put tabs on the side to help me find the right sections:

I have even added my body care recipes and homemade cleaning recipes to the binder.

I wanted to dress up some of the inside to make it more “girlie.”

I just used scrapbooking pages for what the pages I wanted to “dress up.”