Friday, August 23, 2013

The Intentional Home, Week One: Friday

For an Introduction and Table of Contents for The Intentional Home, click Here .

Week One: Friday

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4

Let’s finish up our master bedroom by tackling the drawers or anything that is tucked away out of sight. Are your drawers overflowing with clothes? I’m guessing that if they are overflowing, you probably only wear a handful of items in the drawer. Also, if you have a problem getting your laundry put away, it could be because your drawers are overflowing and it's just annoying to deal with that everytime you do laundry. This is where I need you to to push on and continue to be ruthless.

I recommend pulling everything out of one drawer or shelf at a time. You will need two bags, one for garbage or rags, and one for donations or a future garage sale. If a clothing item is stained, damaged or totally worn out, it goes straight to the garbage or rag bag. No exceptions! If you haven’t worn something in a year you need to examine each piece carefully and ask yourself a few questions:  Do I still like it?  Does it still fit?  Does it look good on me? If you answer no to at least two of the questions, it goes as well. If it’s in nice condition, add it to the donation/garage sale bag. 

My master bedroom serves as our office space and I have an amouire that holds my special items and photo albums. Whatever your bedroom furniture holds, this is your chance to clear the clutter. You may have books and magazines taking over a night stand. The question that you need to ask yourself, “Is this item adding to the peace and beauty of my bedroom?”. If the answer is no, then maybe it belongs in a bookshelf in another room or it needs to find a new home.

Most of what you will be dealing with is clothes (we will have a big closet organizing week soon). After you have weeded out the drawers, make sure to put the clothes back in nicely folded. Each drawer should have specific items, like socks, and nothing should be shoved haphazardly into any drawer.

I understand this is the biggest job of the week, therefore, I am not going to add a new daily chore. But, this does not get you off the hook for the ones we’ve already started!

Daily Chores:
One load of laundry from start to finish
Make your bed
Unload the dishwasher in the morning, load and run it at night
Wipe down the kitchen counters and sink 

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