A simple and beautiful house
that the Lord can use as a peaceful haven
for my family and others.
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One day, I just started. That's how I do many projects: I sit and think about them for a long time. Then, one day, almost on the spur of the moment, I begin. Well, on this particular November day, I walked into our master bedroom closet, and stared at the boxes of stuff on the shelves. I had decided to pursue a path in my photography that did not specialize in photographing newborns exclusively; however, I had kept boxes of baby blankets, caps, bows... I stared at those boxes, realizing I would probably never, maybe once, use those items. And faced with the possibility of moving to a much smaller place, I knew they just had to go. So I started making
I usually declutter when Fernando is out of town. I'm not sure why, but I know that he is not a throw-er-away-er (my new word), and if I'm going to get rid of stuff, it has to be when he's not around. Sometimes he doesn't even notice when I've cleaned out an area, unless it's particularly bad. Plus, I work much better in quiet solitude. So there you have it. I was in declutter mode.
I don't have pictures of the closet, although I did declutter it a few years back. But I had accumulated more stuff since then, and it needed decluttering. So I did. Since it was well organized, it was a relatively easy chore, and I was able to bring several boxes/bags of stuff to Goodwill that same day.
Feeling the freedom from that job gave me the courage to face our master bedroom. It took me most of a month, but I got the major part done. I also keep in mind that Fernando lives here too, and I can't touch his stuff. There are places his stuff hides, and so it must stay hidden. Oh--he just told me today he's ready to get rid of some of his stuff! He's really good with ignoring it, and then all of a sudden it bugs him so he takes care of it.
Here's the view from just inside the main door to our bedroom. Just ignore those sagging curtains on the window; if we ever do get the money, new curtains are definitely in order!
Above, standing there facing into the bedroom, I never thought I'd get to the point of being able to share pictures with you of the room where everything else ends up, the catch-all room for stuff around the house that has no place to go.
Standing directly in the room, here's our master bed--a Sleep Number bed, too! My sweet friend Becky (and her hubby Tim) gave us the comforter and throw pillow. The set came with shams, but we don't use them, and a bed skirt, which won't fit since the Sleep Number support piece is squeezed tightly into our existing bed frame.
In the above picture, you can also see, from left, a hanging shelf, empty since I don't collect anything but it was made by my grandfather so I'm holding off taking it down for now. Then, there's the wall unit with the TV--yuck, but Fernando wants the TV there, so there it stays. Then a tri-fold picture stand with photos of our boys, and the corner tall bookshelf with next to nothing on it, and a lamp on top which isn't even plugged in, lol.
This room, as you can tell, is long and narrow, and maybe one day we'll have just a TV hanging on the wall opposite the bed--I think I'd be okay with that. For the below, I'm standing with my back to the west window in our room. In the front corner, way back there in the center of the image, is my project desk. I can see getting rid of it someday, since I rarely do "projects" such as scrapbooking or paper crafting. It still needs to be decluttered, and lots of the craft supplies are ready to be sold or given away. That's another project for the future. My room is now peaceful, and a quiet place to lay my head at the end of a long day.
It's not done. And a simple life is never a place you arrive at. It is a place you maintain, and I'm not there yet. I'm realistic enough to know I won't reach perfection, but it's a journey I'm happy to be on because I know that simple is best. More on the bedroom soon!
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