Thursday, March 14, 2013

Organizing and stuff

About once every year (okay, you caught me! at least three times a year... ) I find myself bitten by the decorator/organizer bug. I find myself dreaming of a future home (that I own, not rent) that I can paint, decorate and organize to my heart's content! As the days go on, I start getting more and more lost in magazines, online blogs and online catalogs from stores like IKEA and Pottery Barn and The Container Store.

Some people might find it tedious and boring, but I really do LOVE organizing.

I just re-organized my cabinets, for instance.

I put down more cabinet liner in our wonderfully deep (okay, so it is not my favorite cabinet layout) corner cabinets, climbed up and down from our counter tops (yes, I am short!) and managed to almost completely resort several bins of things like rice and sugar and protein powder (which would belong to my husband) to other cabinets. The space was so ill used! (and I think I found some old spice sample packets that belonged to a previous owner...)

So, I did the smart and prudent thing the moment my husband got home: I showed off my hard work! Partially for praise (oh, how I love his compliments!), and partially to make it less likely that I will spend the next three weeks helping him find where I have 'hidden' his things.

But this organizing and decorating bug has never had the chance to get lost on Pinterest before.

Oh, what a time thief!

Super fun to explore around, but so easy to get caught up jumping from board to board to find more photos of beautiful rooms and ideas for decorating!

Over the last two days I have added countless pins to my own boards, and my mind is swirling with ideas! Many of which I can't implement until I design and build a custom home ... sometime in the probably never future.

I suppose it is nice to have dreams swirling around, but:

There is one horrible thing I have learned through all of this.
Everyone is super absorbed with THINGS!
Tons and tons of things!
Don't get me wrong, I get totally excited about organizing all of my own things (and love looking at ideas for future awesome bookshelves in designated 'library' rooms ... yes, plural), but it seems overly worrisome how so many of our 'dreams' (for our future, our home, our lives) involve accumulating more and different THINGS. Especially, it seems, when it comes to women's clothing closets...

I know I more than tripled my husband's belongings when I moved in (before unpacking our wedding gifts), but is this seriously where our collective 'hope' has settled these days? Mere things?

As strange as it might sound to you (especially coming from an artist who loves to keep things if I have even an inkling I can use them later), I am super blessed by a husband who desires to be a minimalist. Not in the 'all things are only for evil' sort of way, but in the 'things are really not that important' and 'it's easier to be calm' when there are less things to clean and fewer things to get lost in fewer places. He's taken my pack-rat side and turned me into a seasonal 'cleanser'. Every four months or so, I search our whole house (thankfully it's not too large) and come up with a bagful of stuff to donate or toss ... or give to friends, depending on the stuff. (I try for more, but it's usually only one small bag)

I use the term 'cleanser' instead of 'cleaner' for a reason: it really helps cleanse ME. It helps me keep from being tied down by silly things!

My husband has given me a Godly view of things. They are temporary and completely unnecessary. They are temporary fixes for the deeper desires of our hearts ... to follow God and store up our treasures in heaven.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:19-24
I am so blessed to have a Godly man leading me as my husband.

Especially during my decorating/organizing binges!