In my devotion time, I am studying the spiritual disciplines with a book by Richard Foster called "Celebration of Discipline." In my reading today, I came across this quote:
"In contemporary society, our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry & crowds. If he can keep us engaged in "muchness" and "manyness" he will rest satisfied."What more motivation could we have for this process of decluttering and simplifying that we are undertaking?
So how does your living room look now?? Was the process as painful as you might have expected? Clydene said hers was relatively easy--it's her kitchen and kids' rooms that she is dreading! I completely understand that! When I went through this process the first time last fall, my living room process included getting rid of DVD cases for our movies that stay in a travel-friendly case; getting rid of CD's that haven't been listened to now that they are all on my iPod; purging books on the bookshelves that haven't been read in years; and going through our game cabinet. This go-round, the game cabinet needed to be purged again, but that's pretty much it. I'm with Clydene--the living room wasn't that difficult! The kitchen, however...well, that's what we get to tackle this week!
Before we move on to the week ahead and our new assignment, I don't want to leave this past week just yet. Did it resonate with you like it did me when she discussed holding on to items that tend to clutter just for the fear of losing the memory associated with it? I remember the first time I read that how much that impacted me. Towards the end of the chapter, Tsh wrote:
"You have permission to keep the valid memories in your life and to toss the mere object you've associated with them. Your memories will remain, even if the objects are removed." --pg 125, Chapter 9, Organized SimplicityI hope this gives you some freedom to get rid of things that are not useful or beautiful to you, knowing the memory connected to that object will still remain.
Have you tried any of the homemade cleaner recipes that are in the back of the book? I use many homemade cleaners in my home. Not only are they non-toxic and less expensive, it has simplified my cleaning process to have fewer products rather than thinking I have to use different cleaners for each different task.
Share with us in the comments section below how you are feeling so far about this decluttering, cleaning and organizing process. I know we are only finished with one room, but do you already feel better about your home? I hope so--I know every bit of progress will help! Be proud of all you've been able to accomplish thus far.
For this next week, we get to tackle our kitchens!! Our assignments include:
- Read Chapter 11
- Continue memorizing Matthew 6.19-21
- Declutter, clean & organize your kitchen