Saturday, March 31, 2012

Devotions for Clutterers

Yes, there are even devotionals for those who deal with clutter and disorganization!  This may sound silly to some, but to those who struggle, it shouldn't be.  God cares about every aspect of our lives. So when we're faced with a challenge who should we go to- to the one who loves us and gives us strength!  Parenting, marriage, our finances- even our home and it's order can be approached with a biblical perspective. 

When I say no, I can't do this.  I'm too disorganized, overwhelmed, or just a failure at this.  God whispers- Yes, you can.  You can do all things through Christ!

Blessing to you and your home today!

Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm on a Roll....

My focus area today was the kitchen.  Is it finished?  No.  Did I accomplish a heck of a lot? Yes!!  I even took a couple of before and after pics.  

Yikes!  Just look really fast and then look at my after shot!!

I scrubbed and organized my heart out today and boy does it feel good!! 

Today's Big Accomplishments
Scrubbed the sink and counter tops
Scrubbed the top of the stove
Organized under the sink (purged)
Organized all of our plates, bowls, and spoons
- one children's area and one adult area

The kids had an pretty independent day so I had more time to clean.  I also kept little man busy in the kitchen while I cleaned.  He likes being close to his Momma! See below....

Other areas...
Cleaned sink/toilet in bathroom and straightened
Toy pick up in living room and vacuum
Cleaned tables in living room
Threw out paper clutter in living room and dining room
Vacuum dining room

-Hubby continued working in Garage to purge/clean
-Kids helped/played with Little Man while I cleaned

Whew!  I should sleep good tonight!

Happy Cleaning!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Purge, Purge, Purge...

The de-cluttering process has started!  Yeah- a big task for sure, but slowly I am making some progress.  Yesterday, I donated 3 garbage bags filled with toys, clothes, and books to charity!   I have a big issue with children's books- couldn't believe how many books I'm finding throughout the house.  I'm trying to pick out the classics and our favorites and give away the rest.  There is a library up the street- I keep telling myself this when I have a hard time parting with a book.

There is still so much clutter in my bedroom, storage room and children's rooms to go through.  The process may be slow, but it is possible!  I need to keep telling myself that- I can do this- even if it is 15 minutes a day.
Today, I visited the blog- Love and Lollipops. She is ready for the challenge, too. She is getting rid of one item each day for 30 days! Take a peek here...
Love and Lollipops: 30 Day Give Away Challenge

Today's progress....
Organized bill binders and filed
Sorted mail right away and tossed trash
Threw away 25 pieces of paper

Motivating the family...
kids spent 5 minutes cleaning around desks
kids worked together to put dishes away
husband spent 1/2 hr cleaning in garage


How are you doing this week with de-cluttering?  If your not doing good, don't worry.  Just start tomorrow- all you need is a few minutes.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Welcome to The Messy Nest!

Welcome!  This blog was created mainly for me- to motivate me to do better.  To have a home for my family that is simplified and peaceful.  I've been struggling with clutter and organization for some time now and am ready for change. If I inspire anyone along the way to join me in this endeavor that is even better.