Sunday, June 30, 2013

De-Cluttering (is fun)

Our apartment in the winter (top floor)
This winter and spring, has been a season of clutter for me:

               *my mind

               *my in.box

               *my to.do list

               *my house

My favorite shabby chic lamp.


It was all good clutter ... even fun clutter.

               *prepping for the 12 week
                 Biblical Womanhood study
                 at church

               *studying Nehemiah and preparing 
                 four talks for the women's retreat
                 with dear friends in Seattle

               *rearranging the guest room to 
                 welcome Christy back from 
                 England

              *the wedding ... to do list and piles
                of wedding stuff in closest and 
                various corners


Lots of baking
And now, I am enjoying a season to de.clutter. Room by room, closet by closet, drawer by drawer ... 

               *paring down

               *rethinking

               *tossing

               *sharing with friends

               *even having a garage sale with
                 Christy and Jenny

Remembering the clutter when we moved

For years, I have organized my home based on the William Morris quote ~

          Keep nothing in your home  
       that you do not know to be
       useful or believe to be
       beautiful.
     
As I de-clutter today ... that is my plumb line.

It helps, too, that I get a little high (like a runner's high)
when my home is all organized. De-cluttering is so much fun.

What are you up to these days?


Linking with my Soli sister/friends.               

20 comments:

  1. I'm doing the same. Again! Wish we lived close enough to encourage each other over a cup of tea.
    ~Adrienne~

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  2. When I do manage to declutter, a room (well, more likely a part of the room), a closet, a cupboard, etc., I am so happy that I just keep peeking in every time I pass the area.

    I'm on this journey with you as well.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. I like the quote about useful or beautiful and I aim to do some decluttering too.

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  4. Glenda,

    I love to declutter....I do it at least once a year. There's something freeing about "thinning" out - it's like loosing weight from a materialism point.of.view!

    And may I add... love the home that you and Dave live in. Great windows!!

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    1. Donna ~ the windows are super old and need to be replaced, but we get amazing light.

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  5. I've always loved that quote, too. I love sitting in a room when I know hiding behind every closet and drawer organization has conquered. The last time I did my closet I just left the doors open just so I could smile when I walked past.

    I'm waiting for my parents to arrive to day for a 3-day visit. I also took an Editor's position for children's materials and am working on a 4-yr scope and sequence. That keeps me busy.

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  6. Your house is so lovely! The front is beautiful.

    I am exactly the same getting a bit high on the lovely decluttering feeling. It does feel good - you're so right!

    Sahrhax

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  7. Right along with you in trying to de-clutter! Trying to do that 12x12 challenge, 12 rooms or spaces in 12 months. I am the one you call if you are putting on a play or a musical production. I have everything, including a life-sized silhouette of Paul Revere... On the other hand, organizing is not really what I am known for. I am organized, just in a free-spirited way.

    Love your apartment, looks like it has loads of character. Enjoy your de-cluttering! And have a Happy 4th!
    Kate

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  8. Must be the season, Glenda. I'm counting CD's and books and wondering- 'do we REALLY need these? It's such a great feeling to get organized.

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  9. What am I up to these days? Exactly what you are...blogging about de-cluttering :) I took a sabbatical from my other blog and have moved to goodriddance.blogspot.com :)

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  10. I am working on my home office and trying to create a better writing space. I need help de-cluttering! I am going to use that quote. Thank you, Glenda!

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  11. Just love that quote! We have moved several times in the last ten years, and each time we think we are done de-cluttering. We have found there is much peace in keeping the amount of "stuff" to a minimum in our house. We are preparing for yet another move, and are trimming down even more. It can be hard work, but the results are very much worth it.

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  12. Great quote, Glenda! And have fun de-cluttering! I understand, as I love to de-clutter, as well.

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  13. What a charming building you live in. I am constantly de-cluttering but never get ahead of the game. Do those old shoes and worn out lamps multiply in the back of my closets?

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  14. I really like that quote! Now if I can just make it happen!
    We live in an old three-floor+basement house, and I have a tendency to just move things from one floor to another! Have fun de-cluttering!

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  15. I make myself go through books, magazines and clothes once a year and I really do weed out. It is difficult though, because I am by instinct a packrat. Have a grand holiday, Glenda. Blessings...Mary

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  16. de-cluttering, throwing away, giving away, selling and deciding how much to keep. it's a huge job and I'd rather someone else do it! -grin-

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  17. I go through phases where I get rid of stuff to make room for more stuff! Seriously, purging is good for the soul. Well done!

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  18. I love decluttering and have
    been at it a bit myself, this
    summer, between visitors and
    wearing my chauffeur's cap : )

    There is nothing like a move for
    a really deep purge, but as that
    is not on the horizon, I thank you
    for the inspiration to keep plugging
    away at it!

    xo Suzanne

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