Simplify Sunday 11-13

Debby McCuiston, the “Queen of Clutter-Free”, does a segment for us each Sunday on simplifying our lives, getting rid of “clutter”, and focusing on what’s important. We look forward to her words of wisdom each week & hope you enjoy it too! Take it away Debby….

I don’t know about you but putting on makeup is not an everyday event for me.  Makeup is usually saved for weddings and Sunday church. I don’t put it on every morning so to decide to put it on later in the day for an evening activity is a big deal at my house. I don’t mind wearing it; I just am not in the habit of planning out my time to include enough time to put all the glitz and glamor on.

Since last night was a special evening, my husband was in a play at church, I thought I would try to go the extra mile and wear makeup. Only another lady would understand the effort that goes into the whole makeup thing.

The problem was that as I opened my makeup drawer all kinds of crazy things started jumping out at me. I realized it is time to clean out and wade through all the gizmos and gadgets that I seem to have collected over the past few months.

In my defense I must tell you my sweet daughter started selling Avon, so I have taken it on myself to order enough stuff that it seems like she will soon be a very wealthy lady soon. To tell you the truth, if I would just give her money I would save lots of money and room in my house. But who can pass up the latest and greatest cream to make you look years younger and leave your skin glowing.  There is a lot to be said about shopping from the comfort of your home while looking through a catalog that explains why you need the new product and how to use it to get the results that will make you look like the beautiful ladies in the pictures.

So far the brown spots on my hands have not gone away, my skin is not flawless, and I do not look slimmer and taller. But I must say I sure do smell nice and I have gathered a wonderful collection of perfumes. You know something is working when a little one climbs up in your lap to tell you that you smell pretty.  Needless to say the next week I ordered an extra bottle of that smelly magic.

As I started to weed through all the stuff looking for my mascara I realized I had about 8 different tubes to choose from all with a different shaped brush each one claiming to make my lashes longer with more volume.  Really do I need or even want that many different choices?  How many different blacks are there? Is this common for all of the supermodels?

Did you know that makeup has a self-life of just a few months for most to the items you use each day?  If you don’t take the time to wash you brushes every few weeks that you could  be spreading bacteria all over your face each morning. You can get some serious infections started with the simple swoosh of anything that is well past its prime, nasty things are lurking everywhere. If you have real hair brushes they need to be washed and dried well each month. If you don’t have a special cleaner that is made just for make-up brushes you could use baby shampoo, it is very gentle on the hair in these special brushes. Make sure you smooth out the hair so they lay flat on a clean towel, elevating one end so the water will drain out.

It is time to get rid of any and all makeup you are not wearing or haven’t worn in the last 4 to 6 months.  The seasons have changed and chances are you will not be wearing the same colors as you did during the summer months.  Let go of anything that you were not comfortable wearing and anything that does not make you feel pretty.  Take  inventory of the items you are keeping, make sure you are not keeping a color of lipstick that is out of style, just because you have always worn that orange shade does not mean it is still in your color palette.

Sometimes I think my life could be summed up by looking in my makeup drawer.  When it all gets kind of crazy, and there seems to be no end in sight I just shove it all in and close the drawer.  Or maybe you are like me and I keep holding on to things that have been out of fashion for a very long time or no longer fits my life style. It’s so hard to let go of things, the longer we keep them the more we allow them to become about who and what we stand for.

It’s good to take a personal inventory on what is going on in our spirit and in our home lives. It may be time to let some of the others things about our life that does not really serve the goals we have set in our life.

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is almost here this may be a great time to take a few minutes to take inventory on the things we are most thankful for. It may be something as simple as laying down in a warm & cozy bed with nice clean sheets because there are hundreds of children all over this world that will go to sleep on the cold hard ground praying someone doesn’t hurt them while they sleep. I think it’s the little things in life that God has blessed us with that hold the most value and have the greatest impact on our lives, this side of heaven.

May we take the time this week to notice the little things that  are going on around us and claim them as blessing for our Lord.




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