It was Christmas Eve day and we were preparing for an annual tradition; a nearby outdoor candlelight service under the tall cedars, then an intimate gathering of neighbors at our home. My daughter sweeps in having read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and decides this would be a good time to clean out and organize my kitchen drawers! We survived the ordeal and she has since given me my very own copy of the book. I understand her excitement and it has begun. I hope to share my progress and enthusiasm in the following weeks.
First, and just because it really needed to be dealt with, my husband and I cleaned out our too small pantry.
|Top shelf didn't need much|
|The rest of it, however, was in dire need|
It's now 99% improved, but I'm not posting any pictures until it is 100%!
Here is before and after of one drawer I completed today.
|T shirt drawer before|
|T shirt drawer after|
|Now it's a t shirt, tank top and cardigan drawer|
I won't go into all of Marie's methods, the book is a great, short read. I have concluded that she has found a way to make a living out of her own personal OCD and that's not a bad thing.
As I complete this process I will be putting my etsy shop on the back burner, leaving it open, but not restocking after the holiday busyness. I feel like I will complete this feeling refreshed and inspired.
Everyone isn't messy like me. However, if you are I suggest reading this book. A lot of it just made me laugh, but it also got me pretty excited about getting my home in order.
I don't want to call this a New Year's resolution. I don't really like to make them, do you? I'm not saying I don't or have never made New Year's resolutions. In fact, last year on January 1st I began a schedule to read through the Bible in a year chronologically and I finished it December 30th (one day ahead of schedule.) But I think they can be defeating and limiting. One of my favorite verses is Lamentations 3:23 "Great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each day." Indeed, every day is a new day to our Heavenly Father. For that I am grateful!
Happy New Year!