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….
We are 2 days away from Valentine’s Day so for me that signals the start of Spring Fever. I am a firm believer in the fact that if it’s not going to snow it might as well be spring. I grew up in the sunny state of Florida but have lived in Tennessee for the last 204 years (or so it seems some days). I love the possibility that we MIGHT get snow during the winter. I love snowy days! I love the fact that everyone has to stay home, drink hot chocolate, read all day and best of all stay in your pajamas. That is my winter dream that comes from years of teaching school. I do not like plan old cold gray days that make my bones shiver and joints ache. So if the snow is not going to come this year we might as well move on to spring.
The fact that my rose bushes have already started to sprout has just about sent me over the edge this year, I’m ready for spring. Our neighbor’s yard already has daffodils peeking out from under a pile of dead leaves. Yep!! I have spring fever!!! The truth is that spring is still weeks away from being a reality! So my mind turns to things that need to be done before I can get outside and play in the dirt. Otherwise, I’ll feel the guilt of projects left undone inside the house.
I have started making the list and it continues to grow with every door I open. My first project is to get my stock pile pantry back in shape. It’s the closet where where I store all of the items I’ve gotten super cheap or free using coupons. I love this closet! The problem with having this space is that I am usually in a hurry (and who isn’t) so the extra items I’ve purchased for our food closet at church or to be passed on to a single mom ends up piling up. Before I know it, I’ve got 20 boxes of noodles and 40 bags of muffin mix piled up from several shopping trips that need to be in the hands of someone who needs them.
I have also gotten in the bad habit of storing items for my next craft project. Right now I have about 12 empty Sunny D bottles that I will need if I ever use the recipe for laundry detergent I found on Pinterest. (If you are a Pinterest fan you know you have a million things just waiting for the next time you get snowed in)