Out with the Old-De-cluttering

    I live with a bunch of messy people. Cute, sweet, loving but messy. I am not messy. I will admit to saving things and keeping sentimental items so I would venture to say that I have a mild case of hoarding. But messy, I am not. Now, don’t get me wrong...I’m not a neat-freak. I don’t keep my house spotless by any means. I’ve always lived by the motto on a magnet I got when my kids were young that “A Clean House is no Place to Raise Kids!” 


    Not really...but yeah...


    No lie, I always wished that at least one child of mine would have just a smidgen of OCD but unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. So life for me is a constant litany of “Clean your room! Pick up your clothes! Put your dishes in the sink!” It definitely gets aggravating. (I am open to tips on getting my kids to clean; cheap, beach vacations; and/or stress medications.)


    So another thing I like to do in January is de-clutter and clean my house from top to bottom. I know it doesn’t sound like fun after all the parties and food of November and December but it is something that really needs to be done...at my house anyway. January is kind of a “clean slate” kind of deal for me, a starting point for the year. 


    I am going to start with my closet, bedroom and bathroom. I keep it all pretty clean and organized anyway but there are a few, dark corners here and there that should be gone through. I will get rid of everything I don’t need or want anymore. I will trash anything broken and donate any good stuff. I will re-organize all my shelves, cabinets, and drawers. I will clean everything from the ceiling fans to the baseboards. Then I will start on the rest of the house. 


    I do covet your prayers.


    One of the main reasons I do this is also because we go on a “No Spending” Month in January (I’ll let you know all about that in my next blog!). So I want to find all of the stuff I have jumbling up my cabinets-everything from half-empty bottles of shampoo and lotion to half-eaten bags of chips-and  use up all of that excess stuff so I don’t have to buy so much new. 


    I feel like de-cluttering and fasting have a lot in common and that is why I combined them both in this “Out with the Old” little blog series. Both are good for us in many ways. When we do both these things, we get rid of all of the “extra” we have in our lives-our stomachs and homes especially. We use up what we have and clear our minds. It’s good for our wallets and for our bodies! It’s like hitting “reset,” getting back to the basics, and starting fresh in the new year.


    I’ve looks like I’ve got lots of work to do! I am interested to know how you may go “Out with the Old and In with the New”? Do you have any regimens you do in January to get you, your family and your home ready for the new year? 


    I know that I can “do all things through Christ who gives me strength”! With the help of the Lord and my family and friends, I know that I will be able to accomplish all that I need to do for the continued comfort and success of my family.