Clearing the Clutter and Clearing the Mind

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De-cluttering and organizing our homes leads to de-cluttering and organizing our minds.  Clearing the clutter leads to clearing the mind. It gives us mental space to think.  One thing that I noticed at my own house is that if I am looking at too many things in different spaces, then I am unable to focus on what the task is at hand.  

All of a sudden, I am thinking, “Why is that sitting there?”  Wow, I have a sink full of dishes.  There is so much trash on the floor.  I seem to notice every little thing.  Since my workspace is in the kitchen, I like to clean this area first.  My mind is ready for clarity, and free to allow the words to come.

In October of 2018, my cousin decided to enlist my help in beginning her de-cluttering process so that she could feel free to work in her home office.  

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We were able to get the hallway closet and one of her two bedroom closets done.  The way that I decided to tackle the hallway closet was to take everything out and create three piles: a donation pile, a garbage pile, and a keep pile.  After emptying the whole closet, and creating all three piles, then I put everything in the keep pile back into the closet.

After

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She had already gone through her belongings in the bedroom closet, so we didn’t need to take everything out.  I just needed to organize everything in this closet.  We were working and listening to preaching and gospel music, which made the time go by pretty fast.  If you feel led, send me a message below on how you tackled the art of decluttering.  God bless!

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home decor, home design, interior design, cleaning, clarity, home office, decluttering

After

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home decor, home design, interior design, cleaning, clarity, home office, decluttering
home decor, home design, interior design, cleaning, clarity, home office, decluttering

God bless!

Katina

Episode 58: Living My Best Life

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We are surrounded everyday on social media, via magazine, and television by people who say , ” Living My Best Life”. But, what does that mean? Listen to this week’s podcast to analyze that and more.

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Podcast Outline:

What does “living my best life” mean?

Are you living your best life?

Who gets to decide whether we meet the criteria?

What kind of life did Jesus live?

Reflection Questions

Does your best life include Jesus?

Is your best life only focused on you?

Are you living your best life, and if not, how can you begin to do so?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

5 Reasons to Use Wire Baskets

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Background Story on Wire Baskets

A little while ago, I talked about the different uses for crates for organization.  You can find that post here.  Today, our organizational focus will be on the usage of wire baskets.  I love baskets of all shapes, sizes, and textures.  And so, of course, wire baskets would be included in this group.  I like organizing things period.  What I have realized within the last few years, is that when we are organized, we are able to turn the five hour paper search to a 15 minute paper search.  Our lives run smoother, and we’re able to spend more time doing the things that matter:  spending time with our family and friends, serving others, and being able to get those hobbies in.  This is what happened when I didn’t have my scrap-booking supplies organized.

Not having things organized discourages doing anything because our efforts are multiplied.  We start to think to ourselves, ” Why even bother?  If I want to paint, it’s going to take 2 hours to find all the supplies!”

Baskets take the look of organization to a whole new level.  Here are five reasons to contemplate using wire baskets:

 

Simplicity and Practicality

Wire baskets are easy to clean.  All you need is a damp cloth to wipe them down and keep going.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.  Dust naturally collects on anything, and that where the damp cloth comes in.  Also, every now and then, something may leak out, that is when a small squirt of dish detergent gets added to the cloth. Wipe and you’re done!

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Fruit and Produce Storage

Space Savers

Wire baskets help you to get the clutter off the counters and off the floor.  Because they can be purchased as a three or four in one, or individual units, they are easy to mount on the wall using 2-inch nails.

 

Homework Centers

I home-schooled for 12 years.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think about using wire baskets at the time.  They are perfect for organizing individual folders and subjects for each kid without losing your mind.  If you have more than one basket on the wall, then you can use one of the wire baskets to store all incoming bills and important papers that need attention as well.

Other homeschool and business ideas for wire baskets can be found here, where they have wire baskets specifically for mail and magazines, and as part of a wall organization unit for home and business.

 

Multi-functional

 

There isn’t one room that I can think of in the house that wire baskets can’t be used in.  For the bathroom, you can use them for facial and toiletry products.  They can even be used for towels and shampoo.

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Bathroom Toiletries

For the kitchen, wire baskets are good for storing mason jars filled with items such as nutritional yeast, corn meal, and sugar.  Spices and seasonings stored in wire baskets help you to get them off of the counter tops, along with still being able to see what you are needing to use.  Lastly, for you bakers, wire baskets are perfect solutions for storing your rolling pins.

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Rolling Pin Storage

Other kitchen uses for wire baskets are the following:  fruit and produce, napkins. place mats, and apron storage.  I love the Madam Stoltz ones pictured here at Reforma Stockholm as a fruit and produce idea.

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Foyer Idea for Wire Basket Use for Boot & Shoe Storage

Aesthetics

Last, but not least, wire baskets just look good.  I am all about the aesthetics being in line for number three after simplicity and functionality.

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Happy wire basket adventuring and have a blessed evening!

 

Katina

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