Pinterest, anyone?

So, I am upside down, turn around hooked on Pinterest!!!

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I don’t know if you have heard of this website yet, but it is absolutely amazing!  I have learned how to make my own laundry soap, use burner covers to build a turn table masterpiece and to style my hair and clothes in hundreds of styles!  You can learn how to do vertical gardening, closet organizing and how to cook a 10 course meal.  There are so many tips and ideas for organizing, that I’m surprised that we even have clutter in our midst!

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The problem is that while I have more information pouring into my brain, I am so obsessed with the website that I keep reading and getting new ideas and planning that nothing is getting done around my house!  I get so busy clicking and tapping, posting and pinning that all I am seeing in my brain is this grand dining room with a glorious table runner, donning tall elegant candles circled with silver garland swirling all around into a glorious display of cleanliness and effortless beauty!  Then, I get off the computer and see on my table, a coffee mug, and unfinished puzzle with a small pile of pieces set aside for the flute of the girl who is playing magical tunes that turn into fairy tale images. I see school books that wait for my grading (I home school), and a friendship bracelet waiting to be mailed of to one of my daughters friends… ~Sigh

I look into the kitchen and instead of the organized and freshly mopped version that was in my head just moments ago, with all those mugs hanging in a row and the fruit stacked wonderfully in that old style colander, I see dishes in the sink, a bread bag left open on the counter and a black banana on a barren fruit stand.  Not exactly what I had in my head.

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Feeling the burden of what could be and probably should be, created a little bit of depression in my heart.  Why had I spent all that time searching for ways to make my home beautiful and yet it still looks like I ran out the door on Thanksgiving afternoon! Why, why, why?

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I drooped my head and moped into my living room which just moments ago had delightful hand sewn cushions, perfectly tossed onto fluffy and splendidly upholstered furniture with a steaming cup of cappuccino along with my favorite book by it’s side on the shiny solid wood coffee table that I made out of my very own log, and instead saw a crooked rug and slip covers that I despise with a smudge from my coffee cup that I forgot to put a napkin under along with laundry overflowing on my chase lounge. Why, why, why?

It’s not due to a lack of my ability to imagine these rooms wonderful and welcoming, but instead the lack of real time and money to get it that way.  See, when I look at my wish list of things to do around this house, I know it is going to take me weeks and money I don’t have to ‘Git R Done’ and that is just so darn frustrating!

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So, I’ve come up with a plan. I am going to take out a small private loan and go through my Pinterest boards and starting from beginning to end just do it all! Oh, sorry, I was in Pinterest land again.  That’s not the real plan…

Actually, I have a real plan!

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I am asking all you Pinterest Pals of mine to join me if you would like because we are going to have a Pinterest Party!!!  Are you ready for this???  Here we go!

  1. With Pinterest plans already decided, pick the room/area you want to do first!  (This should be a room or area (maybe even a closet) that you can do in a matter of hours and have a noticeable result)  The room I chose was my Laundry Room because I have great storage above my washer and dryer but everything just always gets shoved in there so it looks and functions terrible! TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE!!!
  2. Take everything out of the cupboards, off the shelves and out of the closets and put it in another room on the floor to be sorted, cleaned and organized.
  3. Wipe down all flat surfaces, clean the light fixture, wash the walls as best as possible, and sweep, mop or vacuum the floors.
  4. While all of that is drying, bring your rag with you to wipe down anything that can be, in your pile of items from your room. As you are wiping everything down, start organizing all your items into these four piles.
  • Belongs in this room
  • Does not belong in this room
  • Donate
  • Garbage

Now is for the fun part!

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  1. First, bag up any garbage and take it immediately out to the trash.  
  2. Then bag/box up all the donation items and immediately take them out to your car.  (Don’t try to save things or you will end up putting them back into your home.)
  3. Put everything that doesn’t belong in that room into a box to be organized or put away later.
  4. Envision, the clean, organized room/area the way you want it.  Don’t loose focus!  Pull up the Pinterest page that applies to this room if needed. 
  5. Organize one area at a time and remember that if you can’t make all your stuff fit as you had hoped, consider getting rid of more!
  6. When you are finished, SMILE and TAKE YOUR AFTER PICTURE and say this to yourself… “I am not just a dreamer but also a doer. I am one step closer to living in an organized and clean home that not only is welcoming to guests but that I am safe and comfortable in.” 

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  You may even want to pray this prayer.  “Thank You, God, for giving me a home and many things that so many others don’t even dream of having! I know that you will always provide my needs and I promise not to be consumed any longer by my wants. Thank You for granting them to me and please help me to remember to always be grateful for everything You give. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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Repeat these steps every day until you have gone through your whole house.  Remember not to neglect your finished rooms while working on your new rooms.  I suggest giving your bigger projects 2 or more days so you have time to avoid neglecting your daily chores.

I hope this blog has been helpful for you!  I will post my before and after pictures in my next blog!

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Happy Pinning!

Angie

Is it time yet?

Sometimes I really have a hard time connecting to this world in a way that I would like to.  I see people obliviously drudging through life completely unaffected by the fact that people are suffering.  I see people in the check out line, enraged by the fact that they have to wait to pay for their food when there is someone sitting outside that very same store who just wants to be able to eat any of that food.  I see spouses abusing each other instead of protecting eachother and parents so consumed with not getting everything they want that they are unwilling to give any quality time to their kids.

I see this and more, yet… so many don’t.  I’m  confused how we can have so much pain in our world and people get so wrapped up in their daily lives that they don’t have any desire to see it or to respond to it when they do.  I don’t understand how we can all be a part of this same world, and have such completely different lifestyles and views. This isn’t a high view of myself, my flaws are many, but a plea for others to reach out.

I find myself realizing that even though I want it all to stop, that it is not going to. I understand that we live in a fallen world and I understand that we are asked to lean on God, to trust Him.  It’s not understanding that, that is the problem. My problem is that the longer I live, the more I want to leave this world.  Sure, I would love to travel the world and see all the amazing things God has created.  I would LOVE that!  I would love to travel up into the mountains and stand under waterfalls with a smile on my face, hands outstretched. I see empty fields and all I want to do is take my shoes of and run through them barefoot.  When I see a baby, I just want to grab them and give them kisses and hear their joyous giggles!

The things that keep me going are the smiles of my children, the love of my family and friends and serving the Lord.  It is what sustains my every fiber. Even so, I long for the day that Jesus comes down and cradles my face lovingly, kissing me on the forehead and releasing me from this world with one look into my eyes.  Not having to face, let alone fight the sin and temptation to sin a single second more.  Some days, more than most, this is all I wish for. Today is one of those days.

While on other days, I feel like I can’t imagine not trying to see every place I long to see on this earth, and feel that there is still so much for me to do here, I recognize they are becoming fewer and fewer the more suffering I see.  I have not lived an easy life.  I have experienced things beyond my years according to society, but I feel small in my grief compared to so many others and I have no desire to become only about those trespasses against me, but how God lifted me out of them.

Very seldom do I refer to this prayer, as I feel it is distorted daily in movies and by self accredited authors, but it is still God’s word and it is good…

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Mattew 6:9-13

May God’s grace be enough for you as you fight the beasts in your life. May you find peace in your hearts until you no longer have to ask, “Is it time yet?”

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Love and Courage to You All,

Angie

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