homemaking

Picking Up My Plethora of Piles

March 4, 2008

What do you get when you combine a Friday night family gathering, Bible Club, visitors, more visitors, my husband being gone most of Saturday, church, a sick mommy (better now), and a sick baby? A plethora of piles!

Since Biblical Womanhood’s Making Your Home a Haven for today was focused on picking up piles, it was just the motivation I needed to pick up those piles!

Here’s the bedroom piles before (ugh!!):

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I have recently become disgusted with how much “stuff” and clutter we accumulate so quickly, so I’ve been going through and decluttering our home. I want our lives to become more simple.  I’d truly love to get down to 5 main outfits each.  Anyway… The pile of clothes was fairly easy to get rid of–I put it in a plastic bag and it will be consigned very soon. Although pictures are great, they add clutter. I prefer a barer dresser–and moved some pictures to the mantle. The cord? Well, we only have ONE outlet in our entire bedroom–not much could be done there. 🙂

Here’s after:

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Now, to pile # 2: Mount Laundry (who hasn’t encountered that before?)…

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I folded the laundry, hung up clothes, organized the plastic containers (they had served as a bedside table while I was recovering), and replaced it with a mini stand from another room. The result?

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(We were given the daybed on the side while my sister was living with us and no longer need it; if anyone who knows us needs one, please let us know!)

Well, two piles are definitely not enough to count as a plethora! But believe you me, there were a plethora of piles; but a plethora of pictures would take up way too much space!!! 🙂 Other piles picked up? The dirty laundry–washed; all corners of the bedroom–all tidied and put away! Birth supplies–organized in a plastic container. And all the mental clutter that comes with a cluttery house!

I am so thankful that the Lord is allowing my energy to return! I have so many things I want to get done. I am learning what a stewardship my time is as a young mother.

Tomorrow’s goal–finish up the thank you notes for all the meals and gifts after Hana Kate’s birth…and maybe conquer the paper pile beside my desk!

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  • donna (mom24boyz) March 4, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Oh it looks so crisp clean and spring like! I love your Hyms for guitar, so calming!

  • Amy March 4, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Keren,
    Hana Kate is beautiful! She is doing great with holding her head up too from the looks of things. So sorry you both have been sick. I was wondering when we could bring you guys a meal and meet your little girl, or if you would rather come our way that works too. Whatever works for you all. Also, we are buying a home over near Furman and I wanted to pick your brain because your home looks great and I know you did it on a tight budget. We have been amazed at how much we can save by doing the sidewalk sale and couponing and CVSing so far, but we still don’t have a goldmine. 🙂 Anyways, I want simple, yet settled. Know what I mean? Sorry this is so long. I just had so much on my mind. You can e-mail me whenever.
    Just wanted you to know you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. 🙂

  • Julie March 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Your room looks lovely. Maybe I’ll hit my bedroom on this wet, dreary day 🙂 Just a note about your daybed…have you considered holding onto it? Your little girl will grow more quickly than you can imagine ( I know…my oldest just turned 10!) and you could use it in her room when she’s older. Just something to think about 🙂

  • bignlittlesmom March 4, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Thought I’d share….I picked up the piles in my bedroom as well. I posted about it on my blog. Check it out here…
    http://bignlittlesmom.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/cleaning-up-piles/

  • Karen March 4, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Your house looks so pretty. We just bought a daybed but I doubt I live close to you anyway.

  • yestheyareallmine March 5, 2008 at 1:42 am

    That looks great!! I love the daybed.

  • yestheyareallmine March 5, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Ooops, it is not a day bed but it looked like it for a second.

  • Heather March 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Wow! Looks like you accomplished a lot! It’s amazing what a difference it makes just clearing up the piles, isn’t it? Looking around here… I need to do that, too. lol Great job!