Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Work Home and Family - What Happens When You Clean Out

I already wrote on Friday last week that cleaning out my house has taken away a lot of my desire to spend money on things.  We are so very richly blessed matierally and are finally able to enjoy what we have.

This last year we cleaned out our house. 
Okay, this last year and one week of this year. :)

We knew we had a lot of extra "junk".  We knew we needed to come up with a different way to handle the paper that comes into our house.  We knew we had furniture and rooms that weren't working. 

What happens when all of that is gone?

A lot.

Room to work.
Room to play.
Room to grow.

A place to cuddle up and read a book.
A TV that doesn't take "center stage" in the room.
A table to leave out an un-finished game of chess or a half-finished puzzle.
A space to pin patterns and cut quilt squares.
A bedroom for each of our 2 children and a comfortable space for guests.
Organized craft and sewing supplies.
Plenty of working markers and crayons - and they're easy to find and put away too.
Space in the clothes closets and under the stairs and beds.
A file system where we can actually find things.
Overflowing recycle bins each week (and 2 extra pick-ups from our recycling company since we had so much stuff!)
A very nice receipt from the local thrift store - more than one actually.
Being able to bless the children's ministry at our home church with "new" office furniture (our old furniture)
Being able to bless friends with some furniture for their newly purchased cabin
Having the kids learn that it's okay to say "I don't need this anymore."
Getting rid of things that we "might need someday" because we realize that we probably never will actually need them someday.

Now there's space.
And light.
And time.
And peace.

Over the next few weeks, I'll share some photos of our transformation.  Sometimes I can hardly believe how far we've come. 

Are you doing any cleaning out? What are you learning?  I love to hear!

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