Monday, March 17, 2014

Mind Clutter 1 - Color

Sometimes, mind clutter can be something as simple as a picture you are sick of walking by.  You may think of that as object clutter;  however, when you think of it often enough that it really bugs you, it seems to me it has become mind clutter.  I suppose it has become object clutter as well, but that is up to you to decide.

Most things I write about come from something in my life.  I love color and the beauty of nature, but lately, I have found my life sadly lacking in the color and activity that helped nurture my personality for so long.

I refuse to become a statistic, stuck in a drab life, not enjoying the color diversity that God has so obviously bestowed upon our world.  For the second or third time, I am reading Heaven is for Real.  In the book, Colton talked about the color he saw in Heaven.  John the Apostle wrote about color in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 21.  There is color and light there beyond my imagination: of that, I am sure.

So where am I going with this?  God must love color.  After all, he created color in more shades than I ever dreamed.  I am made in His image, and I love color too.  In fact, I get a little bored with everything staying the same.

One of the things I have grown tired of looking at is my blog backgrounds and headers.  I will say, "I'm sorry to all of you who love things to stay the same."  In all seriousness, for those who did my poll, I heard what you said.  I tried tying my blogs by the backgrounds and colors, and it bothered me.  Since I have to see my blogs more than anyone else, as I write and preview to make sure they look right before I publish, I am doing what I need to do for me.  I am bidding adieu to my own water color background.  What more can can I say, than I have grown weary of it?! 

Good-bye mind and computer clutter.
 It is time for a change.

33 Items Decluttered in 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Just Hanging in the Closet

It has has been hanging in the closet for way too long, hiding between my husband's jackets.  It was disguising itself as something that would actually fit someone that lives in this house.  Moreover, we saw it for so many years, that we could no longer actually see it.  

What is it?  A woman's athletic jacket that is too small for me.

32 Items decluttered in 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Getting Rid of Clutter Every Day

Don't limit yourself to getting rid of clutter from only one room at a time.  Setting aside one thing a day to donate is a doable goal. Think of the different places in your house that have too much clutter.  Do you have drawers, shelves, tables you walk by on a daily basis.  Don't forget floor-space or closets.  How about your kitchen counters or your bathroom counters?

I have a box that I am filling to take to the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store.  I am becoming quite adept at throwing things away too.  I don't even take a picture every time.  How are you doing in 2014?  


31 Items of Clutter Gone in 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Clutter Attracts Clutter

The old adage that clutter attracts clutter is true.  When I leave something out because I am too tired to put it up, I pass it, as if I do not even see it. Does this happen to you?  

It is easy to pass something by when you have other things on your mind that need to be done.  Or, maybe you are still too fatigued to take care of the items you were using earlier -- mainly, because they have piled up.  Here is a great example.

This is my dining room table, which is also my work table.  One day when I was recovering from the flu, I thought I would paint using my easel, which I never do.  I ended up frustrated and exhausted.  As I was unpacking from going to see the new baby, I started unpacking craft materials.  I have never found a place for the tulle that I plan to use in making doll clothes for my granddaughters.  Finally, I added an empty box, because I was working on laundry and didn't want to take care of it that minute.

The box has gone in the trash:  no more waiting. The bag I had the craft items in is also trash (a trash bag now).  There is no point in keeping a jar I do not need that has sat on a table top for over a month.  

The shaker is part of a set.  Pepper will not come out of it, even though the holes have been made larger.  Something, that gives you frustration every time you use it, is certainly not loved and worth choosing to discard.

So today, I have gotten rid of 4 more items.  Also, I have taken pictures of some of my messy corners, which I will soon share on Learning to Balance Life Changes.  Even though I have a corner in the dining room that needs to be dealt with, I decided to work on the living room first.  This is the place I usually put my feet up,  we watch television and read there,  and this is the first room I would invite visitors to sit. 

28 Items of Clutter Cleared in 2014.