We in the United States are still hours away from the New Year, so I am a little early. To others who are across the pond I may be a little late! Whatever the case I wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! : )
May you dear homemakers hang in there in keeping with making your home a comfortable and inviting place to live and work. May this be the year for learning new skills and keeping the ones that work for your particular family. May we all pray for each other because the world can be hard on those who decide to not work outside the home. May we look forward to a year of possibilities. And may we keep our Heavenly Father first in everything we do.
I have had the following prayer up on my bulletin board for quite a while now and would like to share it with you:
FOR ANOTHER YEAR
Precious Father, thank You for another year.
Thank You for the year just past
For the joys and sorrows
For the laughter and the tears
For the lessons I learned and Your
Patience in teaching me
For the people whose lives I touched and
For those who touched mine
For answers to prayer and the privilege
Of coming to You in prayer
For a year filled with Your presence.
Thank You for the year just ahead
For the hope it holds
For the promises it proclaims
For the expectation of greater things
For the anticipation of what lies in the distance
For the opportunities You'll give me to
Bless others and for others blessing me
For 365 unseen days overflowing with Your grace.
That about sums it up, doesn't it? : )
I am slowly taking Christmas down. Leaving the snowmen up for January and hanging the snowflakes. We need to keep the tree up for another week because of a late get-together but that is totally fine with me. I love the lights in the early morning hours - I will miss that. But there is something sweet about getting things back to "normal." This is the year where I will look at EVERY THING that we own with a critical eye and ask myself the hard questions of whether or not this is something we want to continue to keep. I so very much want to pare down this year and keep only what is useful and/or has a very special meaning.
When writing about thrift yesterday, this "paring down" is a big part of being thrifty. It's less to take care of. When we think of women of long ago, they had only what they needed. No more. How many potholders do we need anyway? Not a whole drawer full that's for sure.
When we go through closets and drawers, we end up "finding" things we forgot we even had. Chances are, that if you've forgotten you had something, you don't need it. Out it goes! : ) It's even smart to keep a household inventory notebook on what you have and where you put it. In this notebook you can begin to list things that you still need and begin to hunt for them at garage sales or thrift stores (the idea being that you NEVER pay full price for anything). And my friend and I were just talking about this - when you get things out of the house, quit bringing more in! That's the key.
The only caution to all of this is to start small. Start with a dresser. Start with a drawer. Start with a box. Do NOT try to do a whole room because this kind of work will wear you down quickly. It's important work to be done, so don't overdo. Because you are a homemaker, you can fortunately make the time whether that be an hour a day, or a Saturday morning, or whatever works for you and your family. You can spend the whole year doing this and that's OK. We spent years accumulating all of this, it's definitely not going to go overnight! I hope you can give this a try.
Thank you for dropping in. ALWAYS nice having you here. God bless you richly in 2016.