Thursday, January 2, 2014

Edit Your Life ~ January 2014 Edition

Gracious I love the first day of a new year.

I am all about new beginnings. Fresh starts. Clean slates. A chance to start new.

One of the ways that I have already prepared for the start of a new year was using one little word in a very big way.


This word is our new best friend.

Less is more. Let it go. Simplify. Pare down.

I prefer the word editing the best since I am a stylist at heart!

I have already started the process of true editing a couple of months ago.

Things, papers, books, magazines, pictures, cards, toys, emails as well as unsubscribing to loads of things that just create clutter and noise in my life.

When things go missing, it creates a morning of chaos like you wouldn't believe around here and I start the day out feeling like a failure.

I am editing and organizing with great purpose and intention to create a calm and happy space for each one of us this year. One room at a time.

Here is one category to start with today! 


Clutter and tchotchkes makes me break out into hives.

Now please hear me, as a mother of six children, there is always clutter….

But it drives me to the brink and I am constantly fighting my way through it and trying to organize the best system for our family.

Sometimes, out of exhaustion, "my system", is to pile every single thing in the corner and go through those piles later, so that the rest of our space is clean and organized.

The kids artwork, school papers, mail, bills, magazines, all of these things within a family of eight people can be overwhelming.

So here is what I have found in my own search for helping to bring order to the house...

There are so many incredible and really beautiful options for organizing the home office that it will actually be something you look forward to doing.

Basically…I'm not sure how I am going to choose using a very small budget from all of the beautiful options below.

You may actually need to belt out a couple of verses from the song  Jesus take the wheel  while looking at their websites. :) 

The good news for those of us on a tight budget is that you can also find some really beautiful and functional things at discount supply stores and even Goodwill! 

I have found many a fine object at Goodwill and they even have .99 cent day.

I am not even kidding.

You can get yourself a filing system for under 1.00. Especially during this time of the year when everybody and their Mama is clearing the clutter. And then you can paint it gold and be the envy of all of your neighbors.

Throw stuff away. Give stuff away or donate it.

We have to be willing to let go of some of the old to make room for the new! 

If you do not love it, get rid of it.

Clutter blocks creativity.

And the world needs your creativity beautiful friends.

Here's to the start of editing your life to make room for every good and perfect gift that God has for you this year.


Sheri said...

Amen. I am with you! I have been doing the same thing. After 22 years of marriage, 2 kids and 3 dogs, 5 acres, I'm purging on the inside and out! My daughter said yesterday..... mom, our house is so empty it looks like we are moving - LOL. Maybe I've gone a little overboard but I WILL simplify and will not bring more junk into this house - my heart - my car and my garage! A woman on a mission - watch out! Happy New Year beautiful and good luck. xo

paige said...

you know i love a good decluttering!! just when i think i've got it under control i find several closets or drawers or cabinets! which is such a picture of the reality of my life in general! i think i'm doing okay and then i realize i'm actually way behind! ha!
happy new year friend

Tiffany said...

Oh I love this! I am in the midst of decluttering and boy it feels so good to just let go!!! Cheers to simplifying this year!

Love Being A Nonny said...

I love me a de cluttered home! I'm with you.... Clutter drives this OCD girl completely nuts! Off too simplify!

Myers Family said...

LOVE Goodwill & any other "thrift" store!! Good luck finding the hidden gems in 2014!

Jenny Beth said...

I mentioned your editing in my new years post! The raw, blunt honest head reared up so the post isnt quite as buttery as I would like, but... its raw, and its honest. Editing to bare bones around these parts! thanks for sharing. and everything is better painted gold. i know it.

Unknown said...

Happy New Year, Sibi! And happy editing!!! I love living an "edited" life!

Michelle said...

I think as I have aged and I see the value of people over things it has become easier to purge (that, and if I watch Horders on TV I begin to throw things away uncontrollably!!!

Thank you for all you share!

The 5 Bickies said...

Amen….just spent the afternoon shredding and filing. It's awful work and the pile isn't even gone yet. I always welcome your inspiration!

The Mustard Seed said...

Great Post!! Love you and your blog writing!