Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I Learned

I thought I would post my Monday blog this evening as I have a little visitor this week. Miss Margaret Grimm is visiting from Hoova!  She is getting to enjoy being the only child this week with Nana and Grandpa.

I really did learn some interesting things at the seminar, Purge, Toss and Enjoy the Loss. Karen Wright is a certified organizational specialist in the Huntsville, Alabama area. She shared these five points.

1. Clutter impacts our lives in negative ways.
2. Set a goal to organize one area in your home.
3.Decide what you can live WITHOUT. It defines your value system.
4.Put items in easy reach for easy access.
5.Improve your quality of life by being and staying organized.

Karen reminded us that when we do not take care of our things then we are not respecting the blessings that God has given us. That hit home for me. How many things do I need? Can I share my excess with others you are in need?  Another bit of food for thought was the reminder that if we do not deal with our clutter, some one else will deal with it when we are gone. Do we want to leave a mess for our children to deal with? Karen said she has helped many children deal with settling their parents estate...going through their homes and disposing of their things. As a result of dealing with their parents things, children go home and take a hard look at the abundance of things they own that are not really necessary.

Marvin and I have moved quite a bit so we have really pared down our belongings but after yesterday I am thinking I am going to go through my house looking for extras that can be donated to those who can really use them.  I think I will look at things with a more discerning eye.

Karen also helps people to  make their homes more functional. You may have a neat and tidy home but is it really working for you? She gave us several helpful hints in regards to closets, kitchens and offices.

As expected there were lots of laughs as we took a little test to see just how much we needed the help of an organizer! Time spent with my church sisters is always a fun time.


Anonymous said...

Arlene, that is a lot of food for thought! We are still working through stuff in the house but slowly we are gleaning what we really need.

Terri D said...

Well, we have purged a lot over the last couple of years, but I can still do a whole lot more. My church women's group is having a garage sale soon, so I need to get busy! If I haven't used it in the last 18 months, it has to go!

Terri D said...

PS - have fun with your little one this week!!

Linda said...

That sounds so interesting!!! I THINK I am organized - but then I have so much STUFF!!!!
I have told my children - when I am gone - come get what you want and hire someone to deal with the rest! The proceeds should pay for the service so Win! WIN!!! I get to keep - and enjoy - my stuff!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Good post! Reminds me that I need to get busy and do the same.

Have so much fun this week! Sounds like you will. xo

Tori Leslie said...

Sounds like a great seminar. I love the phrase, "Purge, Toss and Enjoy the Loss". That's a great one to remember.

BTW, enjoy your little grand, I hear they're awesome!

Victoria Stankus said...

Thanks for the great reminder! I'd like to have a seminar like this speak at MY church sometime!