i used to save everything. i used to display everything. at all times. i used to live, albeit neat and organized,in a way over cluttered, over stimulating home.
i’m a collector. gifts are sentimental and special to me. i love loads of different styles. i assign value to my stuff. and i have lots of stuff. but the stuff was starting to take over and rule not over my home but my heart. so basically one day i walked in to my albeit neat and organized home and decided enough was enough.
this wasn’t a one weekend project. i wasn’t necessarily methodical in my approach. i didn’t do 30 bags in 30 days. i didn’t even make a list ( which probably could explain many a problem in many areas of my life but i’ll save that sermonette for another day).
bottom line. i went room by room and decided what i absolutely loved. what was necessary and let the rest go. closets, cabinets. all of it. i painted the entire main level of our home to unify the spaces. i’ve changed the philosophy in how shop. and i’ve never gone back.
several months ago jeanne asked if i would contribute a video to one of her amazing, amazing, ecourses. her creative community for creating,classes and videos is something i highly recommend. jeanne has yet another (have i mentioned amazing?) ecourse beginning in april , The Journey of Letting Go (Creating Beauty from Ashes). i love jeanne and her huge heart for encouraging us whether in our business adventures, our creations and art or in how we create our home.
i’m including my video from her course but please let me throw out a few annoying disclaimers and state the obvious. i am NOT a videographer. i should have used my fancy camera but that seemed a tad intimidating so i went with my lap top. took me a dozen tries. i mean who likes to watch themselves on the big screen? ugh. then i discovered, once it was live on jeannes site, that in the transfer to vimeo my speaking is not synced with the video. oh for the love. so i sincerely apologize!!
secondly, i love, i mean really love, a home or shop filled to the brim with beautiful colors and meaningful lovelies everywhere. i just personally can not live with all that and keep it all clean and tidy. plus a 6″4′ man, four daughters and all their friends and their stuff and one well mannered but very furry golden retriever.
i’ve included a list of a few practical ideas at the end of this unfortunately now epic sized post if my video makes you cross your eyes.
so without further adieu…
1. my home may be minimal on clutter but there’s dog hair on the floor and my hair is usually in a ponytail. i can’t do all things. trust me.
2. 4 of the other people in this home don’t necessarily share my
compulsion desire for tidiness. their bedrooms are not pictured thankyouverymuch. truth be told, their rooms are super cute and full of life and color. i’ll share them another day.
3. i do a quick tidy before i go to bed each night. i love waking to an orderly home. downstairs anyway.
4. i love photographs. one of the ways i lassoed in my need for photos everywhere was two fold. the majority of the frames in our home are made by one of two companies. therefore the few i now display look more uniform. i also use a very large 3×4 board covered in linen and use that to display a revolving arrangement of photos.
5. while my girls are all grown up and spending more time on their iphones that painting and coloring, i have saved some of their creations. they are in our upstairs hallway and always will be.
6. i love to collect things i love but i’ve tried to reel that in too. instead of having little pieces from collections all over my home, i try to group them together. and i alternate these things. i no longer feel the need to have everything i love visible. at all times.
7. i no longer shop for little knick knack things. i try to save up and use less and larger pieces. such as large bowls and architectural pieces.
8. i keep our center island in the kitchen free of anything on top. that way whenever the girls want to hang out in the kitchen or i walk in the door with bags or whatever, its just a wide open space.
9. you can also view our home at christmas if you’re worried i only use white or cream. i don’t. pinkie promise.
10. while i’m a nester at heart and love creating a beautiful home, i am well aware that these things are all temporary. i hope that our home and the hearts that live here reflect our love for christ.
matthew 6.19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.