"The younger women (should) be...busy at home." Titus 2:5
Springtime is usually the season that gets me thinking about cleaning and decluttering my home, but I must confess. My closets and cupboards have been long-neglected. Too long! Over the past few years, my days have blissfully been filled with babies and toddlers (and not so much with organizing!).... and so my home's hidden places are in need of a little TLC.
There's something about having "a place for everything and everything in its place" that brings rest to the heart. When things are in order, I feel much calmer and more peaceful. Not to mention how much easier it is to go about our daily tasks when we know where everything is that we need.
For me, a peaceful heart equals contentment to be in my home. Where my heart needs to be.
"I desire that the younger women...guide the house."
1 Timothy 5:14 (KJV)
There's also a simplicity of mind that exists when a home's clutter is removed, and only the essentials are left. We really don't buy new things very often, but it doesn't take long for what I like to call "RBG" (Random Bits of Garbage) to collect in our drawers, on shelves, in closets. The stuff that "might be useful" someday and that we hate to throw away, but really doesn't serve a purpose for very long (if ever). We also love garage sale-ing....and I end up with miscellaneous odds-and-ends that just didn't fit into our home the way one of us thought it would.
And for me, an uncluttered house equals an uncluttered mind.
SO. Before the holidays arrive with all of the lovely decorations, fun projects, and new gifts and things to find places for...I'll be doing a little "fall cleaning," room by room, to restore order and peace to our place. I figure this is a good season for making donations of toys, clothing or other items to charities or families in need. Something I am looking forward to doing together with my children as a little pre-holiday project.
I'll update in a few days on our progress...if this is something you are doing before the holidays, too - leave a comment and/or your link and we'll all encourage each other! :)