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What do you do when you are getting a late start?

I am finding great satisfaction as I take care of the small things in my home. I feel like I’m being faithful in some of the small daily duties I have as a homemaker.

January 5th. I still feel like it was just Christmas yesterday, so how did it get to be January 5th already?

For some reason I have been feeling sluggish and lethargic about most of my life lately. In fact I really bottomed out a couple of days ago and was so grateful for a friend that I could email with my list of failures. She read it without judging me and offered some sound advice. She told me the truth to combat the lies I had been telling myself. If you don’t have at least one friend like this I highly suggest you begin praying for one and cultivate that relationship.

Instead of pulling myself up by my bootstraps and pressing on I decided to be nice to myself, because if I was asked by someone else what to do under these circumstances, that’s what I would tell them to do. Try this sometime – pretend a friend came to you with the problems or situation you are facing. What would you tell her to do? We are often much more merciful to our friends than we are to ourselves.

So how do you be nice to yourself? That depends on what refreshes you the most.

  • Some people are refreshed by meeting a friend for coffee and having a good chat.
  • Some people are refreshed by getting alone for a while.
  • Some people need a mixture of both.
  • Then there are some people who need to do something totally different.

I decided to do some things that I enjoy and that would provide some instant gratification. I read a new magazine that I had recently received. I’m usually so far behind in my reading, and decided to reward myself by reading something I enjoy but usually put off.

Then I began to leisurely clean out drawers in the kitchen and my office. You might ask how that could possibly be refreshing, but I love order. Disorder, especially a lot of disorder, tends to discourage me and pull me down emotionally.

Right now our entire basement is torn apart to do some needed repairs on the chimney for our fireplace. It was supposed to be a three-day job, but has turned into a project that has lasted for weeks. Our family room is where we spend most of our time. I hadn’t budgeted time for this sort of upheaval, especially during the Christmas season, so instead of rolling with the punches I’ve allowed it to rob me of my joy.

Back to the drawers – now that I have seven of the drawers that I use the most often cleaned and orderly, I get an instant moment of joy each time I open one of them. I even stop each time and really appreciate the order and cleanliness.

I also cleaned our bedroom, which includes my office. For me it is a place of refuge in an otherwise messy home. Now when I come to our room I feel a sense of peace instead of just more disorder.  I can actually feel myself relax as I step into my space. There is still work to be done, but I have enough finished that I can relax and face doing the rest. Actually, I find myself finishing up things I have to get done so I can spend time cleaning out another drawer.

This morning I went to get something from a particularly messy cupboard, but instead of feeling discouraged I made a mental note to clean that one next. As I stood there I could easily visualize how it would look when I finished and how pleasing it would be to me.

There is still chaos in many areas of my house, but I have places where there is order and it’s been good for me emotionally to be able to see it frequently. It reminds me that things won’t always be like this – order will be restored and life will go on.

I am finding great satisfaction as I take care of the small things in my home. I feel like I’m being faithful in some of the small daily duties I have as a homemaker.

Luke 19:17 “And he said unto him, Well done, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.” KJ

I once heard someone say, “If you take care of the pennies the dollars will take care of themselves.” I think this can apply to other things we are responsible for too. Cleaning one drawer doesn’t make my entire house clean, but if I continue to do one drawer at a time, soon they will all be clean and tidy.

Finding Joy in the Journey,

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  • Phyllis
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    I so agree Stacy. I take great pleasure in my clean spaces that no one but me sees. I just enjoy order. Since God is a god of order I assume its at least one part of me that is like Him.

  • Christi
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Hi Phyllis,
    this is an EXCELLENT post! This year(all 6 days of it) I am decluttering in so many ways.

    I’m glad you took care of you, btw. hugs!
    In His hands and under His wings,

  • Trisch
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Phyllis, this is SO true! I loved how you compared that analogy of “taking care of the pennies”–after all, doesn’t the chaos usually come because for whatever reason (illness, repairs, life changes) we can’t keep up with the little things?

    I have been decluttering some awfully messy areas of our home and shop, too, and sometimes I just have to take care of one small box or pile–but at least I’m moving in the right direction!

    HUGS to you!

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