Saturday, May 21, 2011


Oh if you could see my house now...but you're not gonna, because I'm not gonna take pictures (even though Karri told me I should).  Mitch is motivated to clean/organize, and I am motivated to purge.  There is talk about getting a storage unit, and I'm at the point where I fear what renting a storage unit means.  :)  So I am motivated to throw or give away items that we just plain don't need (nor have space here at our house to keep).

We just moved from 'overwhelming' into complete and utter chaos.  I'm surprised I could find a chair to sit on while I type this. :)

I'm writing in jest.  Sort of.  I'm not exaggerating.

I hope the daycare kids have a place to play on Monday morning!  Shucks, I hope my kids have a place to sleep tonight!!

With our basement still turned upside down (the carpet has not been laid yet in the boys' room), we emptied our garage attic, and moved all the tubs of clothing from the crawlspace under our entryway to the garage attic.  It's amazing what has accumulated in our garage attic the past few years.  Amazing.  Yeah, maybe there's a different word I should use.  Let's just say that it exploded--some is in our basement (how they found any room to pile it there is beyond me), some is in our bedroom, some is in Tirzah's room.  It's crazy!!

Why am I sharing all of this really?  Materialism just sneaks up on us.  Where are our hearts?  Where are we storing our treasures?  Stories like this one, of Tom Lee (father of 13) who lost his life in the deadly tornadoes in Alabama, really snap me back to reality.  (Here is another one:  the Crawfords, who lost their home and their parents' home.)  If a tornado wipes out our home, what am I going to miss?  What am I holding on to?

Seize these moments of motivation when they hit!  Even if it throws your house into chaos.  It might get worse before it gets better.  A reality check is good for you.  Owning stuff requires upkeep.  One of my favorite songs says, "Have what you want, but want what you have."  (Point of Grace, How You Live)  As we head into garage sale season, and the temptation hits for us to own "new" items at bargain prices, hopefully we will use this refocused perspective to make good purchasing decisions.  :)


  1. WOW! Our house is totally upside down today as we are decluttering here too. Why don't you fly to AZ to help me and then I will fly to MN and help you? Deal? Deal. :0) Heidi

  2. Doing the same thing at our home. I have 15 boxes of stuff headed to the orphan garage sale and I'm not even close to done. I was inspired by one organizational expert to not bring anything new in unless we are replacing something that we need. It has been and will continue to be a lot of work, but I already feel lighter, if that makes any sense. Less tied to my stuff. It's a good thing!

  3. I said you should take pics for yourself as a reminder, not necessarily so you could share them ;)