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….
Well, the beginning of winter has finally arrived. As I am writing I am sitting in front of our fireplace with a nice warm cozy fire going and listening to it rain outside. I will try to savor this moment as it may be the last time for a while that I may have the opportunity to sit and relax by the fire while the house is quiet and I do not need to jump and run for anything or anyone. Ahhhhh! It is hard to really wrap my head around peace and quiet if it only comes a few times a year.
I hope you were able to enjoy time with your family and friends and took a little bit time to realize how blessed we are in a world that tells us we constantly need bigger, better and more.
This Thanksgiving I was blessed to have one of my sisters and her family for the holiday. I loved the time in the kitchen with my daughter and wonderful hubby as we stepped all over each other cooking and getting ready for the feast. I am not sure why but every time we are in the kitchen we are flooded with all kinds of stories of cooking when the kids were little. It is so much fun to tell those again and again as we are making new memories that we will talk about in years to come.
I am not sure about you but every time I open the refrigerator I become overwhelmed with the thought of what to do with all that food that we have left. I have sent as much home with others as possible and tonight we will relive the feast one last time with neighbors, so today I will try to divide and conquer! I am sure this the time of year when thousands of new recipes are developed as moms try to find 200 different ways to hide sweet potatoes in every meal. I still haven’t figured out why we even fix half of the stuff that was on the table except we always had it when we were growing up so the tradition continues. Next year I may make a new rule that we only prepare items that we will want to eat for a week as leftovers. That would really change the landscape of our table because really, how many days in a row can you eat stuffing without feeling like that poor stuffed bird. I wonder if next year we could freeze the leftovers as plates already fixed and ready to heat and serve. I wonder if friends would be offended if for Christmas dinner I just hand each person a frozen plate of Thanksgiving fixings and told them to just heat it up whenever they were ready to eat. I may need to rethink this in a few weeks when the memory of Thanksgiving cleanup has faded.
This week as you begin to clean up the remaining bits and pieces of having tons of people in your home, (it never stops amazing me how many times I can sweep the room I still find droppings of food in the most unlikely spots) and pack away all of the decorations remember to thank the Lord for each person that placed their feet under your table. Thank Him each time you remember the jokes told or the sound of little feet running across the floor. What a blessing to be able to enjoy even the simplest things as finding rolls under the couch, it reminds me of the fun we had.
As you pack your fall items away, don’t pack away items that you haven’t used in at least 2 years, get rid of them. Don’t pack away broken items that can’t be repaired or used just because Aunt Mary gave it to you. She probably gave it to you because it was broken and couldn’t be fixed knowing full well you save everything and would keep it forever. Have you become the family dumping spot for anything they don’t want to deal with or feel guilty for getting rid of? STOP taking their junk, it is taking up precious space in your home and life, trying to care for and find places for all the stuff. Let it go, if it wasn’t important enough for them to keep it’s not important enough for you to keep.
It amazing me how many families’ members are not speaking to each other because they are carrying around hurts that happened long ago. Sometimes I have even heard stories of children that won’t speak to aunts or uncles because of something that was said years before they were even born. I even know of families that are not speaking but can’t remember why they are still mad. Life is too short to carry the weight of unresolved battles around for years. If was important enough to carry all this time don’t you think you deserve to get the problem solved, either forgive and move on or decide to let it go and it is not worth the stress it is causing you to hang on. Start the Christmas season with the attitude of forgiveness; forgive as we have been forgiven!
Thank you for blessing my life with the encouraging emails and texts. I cannot believe how God blesses this simple little “girl” with friends from all over this small world that He uses to teach me how much He loves and cares about each and every person and how He continues to give mercy and grace when I am so underserving.
Enjoy the blessings of this wonderful season! Take time to take in the sounds and wonderful fragrances of this time of year. May we give forgiveness and mercy to others as it is given to us by our Jesus.
Love you to Jesus!