Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Simplify and Being at Home

Man, I've been on a roll here lately. I am loving clearing our home of unnecessary stuff that was hanging around. Loving it maybe a little too much! I read that once you start and if you can get to where you have empty shelves or drawers in your home, you just might become addicted. Well.....I believe it.

Last week I showed you how I've simplified our toys in a way that makes life so much easier, especially the clean up!

This week I completely went through bathrooms. I find it so silly that I put things like this off, when in actuality it took me 10 minutes in one bathroom and about 25 in the other. I'm praying about my laziness...

Empty shelves!

In the boys' bathroom I keep toilet paper, cleaning supplies, toothbrushes/paste, comb,washcloths, a basket of bath toys, and 3 towels. (In their color) I also have a little bag with watches and sunglasses so we can keep up with those things.



Now to my bathroom. I grabbed a few drawer organizers at the dollar store and went to work. In the first drawer I put make up and face stuff, plus toothbrushes/paste and deoderant.


In the second I put hair stuff.


Under the sink, I put a basket with nail polish and remover.
All that I have on top of the counter is jewelry and some body spray. In each drawer is rings, earings, necklaces, and braclets.


I have really been enjoying getting our home in order. It feels amazing! Some days I don't do well with keeping our home, but I've been praying about it and asking God to change my heart. I've been learning to be thankful for the opportunity to stay home and have a family to bless. I am now loving to bless them with a clean home, organization, and good food. God is teaching me so much!

Lastnight I prayed for God to help me get up early this morning so that I can bless my family. This morning when the alarm went off at 6:00 AM I bounced out of bed (a little bit in shock at my good mood!) thankful that God cares about the little things and honored my prayer.

I asked Him to help me take exercise and health seriously. I'm the type that loves the thought of an active life, but doesn't pull it off. I don't like to push myself in this area, and I've come to the realization that I think I'll fail. I asked for forgiveness for that and for depending on my own will to accomplish this in my life. When I woke up this morning and was actually in the mood to exercise I was thinking pilates or something that I "can handle" God had other plans. He led me right to 30 Day Shred. I REALLY wasn't too sure about that. I've never made it through an entire workout without having to take a break which made me feel like I couldn't do it. I put it in and asked God to give me His strength, and He did. I finished the workout, good and sweaty!

I was energized to take my shower and to make blueberry pecan waffles for my family. I just love days like this, and am now learning that God just loves to be included in our daily lives. No matter what we're doing. If you ask Him to be there, He will.

I so love being home and being a mom. I love even more when I'm blessing my family in these ways that show so much love. I also love that in an effort to take care of myself, I'm given energy to keep up with them.

So, no. This is not just about getting organized or Spring cleaning. It's about blessing those around you!


When I got online this morning, this was in my reader. I just loved it, and thought it fit in well with how I'm feeling.


Heidi said...

Love your blog! I have been in that same spring clean out mode!

Little Wife on the Prairie said...

I LOVE that kind of organization. Purging is my thing. :) I just struggle with keeping it that way. Let me know what tricks you find for that. I can't seem to get my kids as interested in keeping things tidy.

Heather said...

Oh my goodness! Okay, NOW I'm inspired. You are a great decorator and seeing your photos makes me feel the NEED to get organized! Check in with me because I need the accountability, LOL!

And... inconvenience only... the furnace is fixed. How blessed am I?
Thanks for caring.

Marianne said...

I know sometimes it's not that we don't have time to do these little things like organizing or exercising, we just are too lazy.
I really need to get off my lazy horse and get going on some more sewing and making dinner and organizing my pantry. Thank you for a very inspiring post.


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