"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." --William MorrisI urge you to memorize this quote. I believe you will find it invaluable in the weeks to come as we decide which of our belongings needs to stay and which ones need to be thrown out, sold or donated. If you are like me, you will come across many things during the cleaning out process that will make you ask yourself, "Why is this here?" My answer often times was "because so-and-so gave it to me" or "I've just always had it" or "I used to think it was pretty" or (here's my favorite) "it was on sale." :) When I am cleaning out and purging, if the item in question is not useful in some way or beautiful to myself (or my family, depending on what the item is), it is leaving our home, one way or another. This concept makes the decision-making process so much easier when attempting to simplify.
Here are a few questions for you to think about and discuss in the comments section:
- What skill or craft have you always wanted to be able to do or learn, but have never had the time to do so? How can you make that skill or craft a part of your life now?
- Were you able to identify any changes that needed to take place in order for you home to be congruent with your family purpose statement?
- Are you interested in having a joint garage sale with other interested families within our class, or would you rather do your own thing (plan your own sale, donate everything to charity, etc)?
- Read Chapters 9 & 10
- Begin memorizing Matthew 6.19-21
- Do a quick sweep of your home, as mentioned in Chapter 9
- Declutter, clean & organize your living room
I'm praying for you all--I can't wait to hear your success stories as we begin to simplify! Feel free to take pictures of your before, during and after--I'd love to include them in my post next week!! Blessings to you all!