Summer can get so busy. It’s all fun stuff so it’s O.K. However, the past week, we have all been on a cleaning spree. On July 4th, we got a new bed for my older daughter which prompted another level of cleaning. My son caught the fever and we attacked his bookshelf. My other daughter finally decided to tackle her large assortment of stuffed animals.
I got the bug, even though I was exhausted from cleaning three kid rooms alongside my children. I cleared out old kitchen hand towels from my front entry storage bench. Everything fits nicely now. I laughed when I tossed the green towels because they were terrible from the day I bought them but I never got rid of them. I bought them to be drying towels. They seemed absorbent when I felt them. After one cereal bowl, they were drenched. Useless for drying anything but one dish. Now they are gone.
My daughter’s room now has a cozy reading area once she felt ready to toss a few stuffed animals. They were located in a long, hanging pink netting with shelves as well as in a storage bench and in a pop up hamper. Now they all fit in the hamper. Progress. The bench is useful for sitting and the nook has room for a comfy bean bag chair and pillows. This seemingly small step made space for a new place of peace for her. Decluttering can do that – free us up to experience peace. Even kids need a space to decompress. Maybe especially kids need a place to decompress. I am amazed what my children face daily in this world. The friend pressure, school work, and just normal changes we all faced. A cozy nook to escape into quiet and peace is what every man, woman and child needs. If you have kids, make sure they have a mini-retreat place in your home. After some simple decluttering, mine all do.
As you see from the main picture and title, our home overflows in stuffed animals and books. Crazy. We all purged books this past week. I have at least 70 to donate. I am surprised at my progress in getting rid of books. I mentioned before it is hard for me. I cherish every book I read. I rarely reread them but I keep them as reminders of a moment of peace or a story that captured me or in some cases, changed me. Books have such power. I am grateful I now know that the power can be passed on for others to enjoy. Donating books to friends, libraries, or even Goodwill, provides a new opportunity for the book to come to life in someone else’s mind. I readily put the Christian board books into the hands of a new mommy. Her precious daughter will hear about God’s love at this young age. The chapter books will most likely go to the library. There are never enough copies of the good books in a series. This way, everyone can read Judy Moody when they want to and not wait for it to be returned. Some of the books will go to Goodwill. The clientelle at their stores will be treated to some quality books in great condition. Books are my new favorite donation. I know that by doing this, many are impacted. Much more than someone who buys an old toaster.