I love to read decorating blogs, look at decorating magazines, browse Pinterest, collect books with ideas for making over old furniture.
I’m also a collector of too many things because I might find a way to use them. Since I read Marie Kondo’s book, the life-changing magic of tidying up, I’m trying to follow her one rule — Does it spark joy? See my post here on my decluttering in January.
Many of the blogs I follow emphasize “less is more”, clean surfaces, and enjoying the home you have not the one you wish you had. So my kitchen counters I looking better these days with less clutter.
But my office – this place upstairs where I write and create as well as study and meditate, not so good. I have things on my walls, above my desk and stacks of books and journals on my desk. Because I FORGET.
I forget the big idea from my Scripture, I forget to trust, I forget my goal for the book I’m writing. I reorganize and cleanup, especially when I finish a project or begin a new one. But I need visual reminders around me. I made a prayer list after watching The War Room. I put up the words to familiar old hymns we seldom sing anymore. I need a big rock to remind me to put my trust in God.
Here’s the other thing I’ve learned. If I leave these reminders up too long, they become wallpaper. I fail to see them because my eye just slides over them as it slides over the wallpaper border. When I get in one my cleaning, decluttering moods, I move them around or change them.
Today I am thankful for
- the gift of memory, especially as I get older
- my God who does not forget