Little Life Lesson: Cleaning House

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I am very excited to be posting today as part of a link up that I was invited to join earlier this week!

This link up, Little Life Lesson, is being hosted by the sweet Lindsay Dryer over at Lindsay LaDon.

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Cleaning House

Saturday night, Shawn and I got home from our date night and I immediately went into clean mode. Romantic, I know.

But what can I say? The mood struck me. I began bustling around, organizing and re-organizing, picking up clutter, tossing mega loads of laundry into the washer, etc.

A messy house (or in our case, apartment) drives me nuts! I understand that clutter is going to happen, there’s no way around that. But we had just recently gone through our closets and purged. We had grand plans to get everything sorted and folded so that we could donate it. Let me just tell you, that mountain of clothes, shoes, hats, etc did not get sorted and folded and donated. Instead, it sat.

It sat in the corner of our bedroom, taking up space and mocking me.

Something I have come to realize about myself is that a home in dissaray stirs up anxiety in me. When clutter and mess begin to take up space and take over the areas and places that are meant for order, I find it very unsettling. I often times have difficulty falling asleep when a mess abounds, and I am not exaggerating! It’s difficult for me to be able to relax peacefully amidst a mess.

As I was cleaning our home and purging it of things we don’t need, I realized that my heart reacts to “clutter” the same way my mind does. Of course, I’m not talking about piles of laundry, dishes, or things to be donated.

I find that when I have allowed my heart to become “cluttered” with things that don’t belong, such as fear, worry, anger and the like, that it too becomes unsettled.

It is only when I surrender to the Lord and allow Him to come in and “clean house” that I am able to find rest and peace.

In the same way that a chaotic mess doesn’t belong in my home, dissention and anxiety don’t belong in my heart.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… – Colossians 3:15a

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(I have included just a few photos of my “re-organization” to share with you, only because I’m proud of what I accomplished. Enjoy!)

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I added some warmth to our dining room table by using a single placemat, ceramic pinch jars, a candle and fabric napkins to create a centerpiece.

I gave our decor a chance to breathe a bit by adding an end table next to our couch and styling it with books, a fun vase and faux hydrangeas, a large candle and a framed photo of the hubs and me.

I gave our decor a chance to breathe a bit (it was all smushed together on one end table) by adding an extra end table next to our couch and styling it with books, a fun vase and faux hydrangeas, a large candle and a framed photo of the hubs and me.

I rolled up our extra couch/guest blankets and stood them upright in this darling wire basket.

I rolled up our extra couch/guest blankets and stood them upright in this darling burlap lined wire basket which slides right underneath the end table when not in use.

I added some structure to my makeshift vanity by arranging my favorite fragrances on a white ceramic platter.

I added some structure to my makeshift vanity by arranging my favorite fragrances on a white ceramic platter.

I organized some of my jewelry and "beauties" by placing them on this repurposed cake stand, and added some flair with a framed card that a dear friend gave me, a single faux daisy in a little ceramic vase, and of course, a photo of my mom and me at Disney World.

I organized some of my jewelry and “beauties” by placing them on this repurposed cake stand, and added some flair with a framed card that a dear friend gave me, a single faux daisy in a little ceramic vase, and of course, a photo of my mom and me at Disney World.

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3 thoughts on “Little Life Lesson: Cleaning House

  1. Lindsay (@lindsayladon) says:

    Melissa, you couldn’t be more right. This rings true in my life too. Clutter in my house OR heart make me unsettled. Thankful that Jesus is ready with his broom and dustpan any time we call him in! Thanks for sharing and linking up! LOVE your blog.

  2. leah (@beautifulmolded) says:

    you know it’s funny, because i freak out with a messy house. i just go into crazy cleaning mode when the house isn’t clean, but i never thought about my anger, frustration and worry to be considered clutter in my heart. but it makes so much sense. it doesn’t belong there just like you said, just like cookie crumbs and shoes all over the floor don’t either. what a great post this was!

  3. Courtney says:

    I couldn’t agree with this more. Last fall God came to me in a big way and reminded me He was there to clear away my cluttered thoughts. His love is amazing! Great job tiding up; really like how you used the wire basket for extra blankets.

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