Once again, I am joining Donna at Funky Junk Interiors in her
challenge! This week I am going just a bit smaller.
I have also accepted The Everyday Home’s 52 Week “Conquer the Clutter” Challenge. This week’s challenge was to clean out under the kitchen sink and the junk drawer. I decided to combined the two.
Technically, this isn’t my junk drawer, but it is a bit junky! Too much stuff was in it and sometimes I couldn’t even get it open for something catching the ledge.
I always get into the cleaning before I remember to take before pictures! This gives you a good idea, though. I had just started. I was working on the drawer while I waited for under the sink to dry. I had wiped it down with a wet cloth.
While I was working on the drawer and under the sink, and thinking about my heap of shame, I also thought about my spiritual heaps of shame. No, I’m not so spiritual that I think like this all the time, but I tend to write my posts in my head while I do the work and take the pictures.
Totally forgot the before shot here! You can easily picture it. All kinds of cleaners, glass vases, and other odd stuff just put wherever.
The contact paper is new! Sort of…I’ve had it for years, but just put it under here.
These are two small spaces that needed to be emptied and reorganized. That got me to thinking, don’t I have many small sins that need to be taken care of, too? I mean, all my sin together makes one big heap of shame, but that one big heap is made up of lots of small stuff. Like, judging my friend for being lazy, when I don’t know the whole story. Or eating the bread of idleness when I spend way too much time on Facebook. Even eating that extra cookie when I am trying so hard to lose a few extra pounds. God’s grace gives me the power to overcome, but I shut the door/drawer and pretend not to notice the mess. “I’ll clean it later” is what I keep telling myself.
I went through each box and got rid of pens that didn’t write, all the #2 pencils, old erasers that were too hard to use, all the water markers. This is what I was left with. Pencils/pens and nail clippers in the far left box. (Having the nail clippers here keeps the boys out of my bathroom drawers and messing them up.) Markers and highlighters in the middle. Scissors, and tools in the right box.
Behind it all are smaller boxes with batteries, rubber bands, paperclips and other office supply stuff. All those pictures came out blurry!
Wait!! Here’s one of the whole drawer all cleaned out.
I double-dog-dare my husband to mess it up!
Under the sink is looking marvelous! (Said with a Billy Crystal voice.)
I bought stackable, pull-out drawers for all the floor cleaners, air fresheners…well you can see it all in the picture. It’s stuff I just use downstairs, that’s what I’m trying to say! The stuff in the basket are cleaners I use up and downstairs. The basket makes it easier to carry them all.
The glass vases are still way in the back. They will get used more this summer with fresh flowers.
That is all the stuff that gets used periodically. EWW! I really should wipe the pipes down.
No heap to show you. The heap was the before pictures I forgot to take of everything just thrown or shoved into the cabinet or drawer.
As for my small heaps of sin shame, I’m trying to pay more attention to them. I’m trying to show more compassion instead of judgement, finding a project instead of Facebook, and as for that extra cookie, well, that’s still a work in progress. One thing I have been reminded of this week is that God’s grace is sufficient to help me with all my heaps of shame in my heart and around my home. Maybe that will help keep my household safe from any mishappenings like floods or power outages. Otherwise I would seriously have to consider investing in one of those portable emergency generators. Lack of electricity and the resulting darkness is one thing I definitely don't want at my home!
Next week, my bedroom closet!
OH!!! If you want to join either challenge just click on the links above and they will take you to how you can join. Hope to see you there!
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