There is so much clutter.
Over the years, a house filled. Overflowing really. We had worked hard to get these things. Married at 19 , with only a few boxes between us, we had started out with so little.
Quite a few years ago, I had scoured the papers for Black Friday sales and plotted my shopping tactics with near military precision. It was the first Christmas we ever had money. We had always scraped by in the winters but this year would be different. We had an abundance.
- Justification #1 We had never had money to buy for all our loved ones. This year I wanted to really bless them.
- Justification #2 These were really good deals. I may never get a chance to get these things later. I was being thrifty shopping the sales.
- Justification #3 Isn’t giving one of the most godly principles?
- Justification #4 It wasn’t like I was being greedy, I was giving abundantly to a lot of people
- Justification # 5 I’m not like one of those crazed Wal-Mart shoppers trampling down old ladies to get the new game console, I know what Christmas is really about and just because I am out buying a ton of things doesn’t mean I don’t love Jesus.
and blogger extraordinaire of all things simplifying. What a lovely happenstance that she is a fellow tutor at a home school group and we happened to meet this year. She is just as down to earth and simple (in a good way) as she is on her blog. She also has an e-book called 52 Bites. you can download to your kindle or nook. I bought it as an e-book and had it bound into a spiral ring because I love to write all over things when I am organizing and planning which I can’t do on my Kindle. It gives 52 bite size projects to help make your life simpler. Her book really helps to break it down into doable steps of which I am still working. It put hands to the process that my heart had moved toward.