Thursday, March 11, 2010

Useful, beautiful, and generous

Tonia shared some Lenten thoughts the other day which has stuck with me for a couple of weeks, because it is my "philosophy" also....
"for the past 12 days i have been cleaning cupboards, closets, shelves. insisting that i give away something from each; two things, if i can. release the things i own to someone else. no garage sales, no consignment shops, no return on my investment. just release it and thank God."

I love to go through each room in my house and look at all the items in my home carefully, and get rid of things that are not necessary, useful, or beautiful at this time in my life. It is so freeing to declutter and make room for empty space.
I have never been one of those people to do garage sales, consignment shops, etc. To me, it is not simplifying. It just causes more work, energy, and stress to get rid of "stuff" that way. I prefer to give things away to a new home which will be used, or simply bring bags to Goodwill. Over the years we have given some good things new homes, and I'm so glad for that! I love to see items I have not used to its fullest be used in another's hands to their full potential.


"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." ~William Morris

9 comments:

Aimee said...

tonia's posts have been brilliant lately. we are all on the same page! purge and cleanse our homes!

Natalie said...

I love to purge too but usually start to freak out right in the middle wondering what a mess I have gotten myself into- lol. I love to give our things away too and we have done some garage sales to benefit the orphan ministry. They ARE a ton of work! The day is fun but the prep and clean up are brutal.

Joyfultoria said...

Encouraging and helpful, thanks for sharing. And, I love that quote from Morris.

V, UK

Courtney said...

So true! I visit the Goodwill dropoff often! Decluttering gives me so much peace and if I'm not in need of "it" there is someone out there that is. ;)

Miriam said...

Totally my philosophy as well! Good thoughts. :)

Sandi said...

We have so much more then we really need. The more I have the more time it takes to take care of it. I want my time to be spent caring for people not stuff.

Thanks for sharing and love the quote too.

Children of Eve said...

Andrea-
Knowing that something is really being used and appreciated is a blessing to the giver.
I hope you will be blessed to know that we enjoyed bread tonight made with the gift you so generously bestowed on me.
That William Morris quote is one I always return to when reevaluating the things in my home.

tonia said...

love you to pieces.

t

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