My Smaller Heap of Shame

Once again, I am joining Donna at Funky Junk Interiors in her 

Heap-of-Change-Challenge-on-FunkyJunkInteriors.net_.38-PM 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. 

DSCN0295Technically, 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. 

DSCN0297Totally 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. 

DSCN0309I 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.)

DSCN0300I 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. 

DSCN0302The glass vases are still way in the back. They will get used more this summer with fresh flowers.

DSCN0303That 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. 

Next week, my bedroom closet! 

Until then,


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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About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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11 Responses to My Smaller Heap of Shame

  1. Becky says:

    Great changes and progress! Feels good, right? Thanks for linking up!

  2. Haha… you’d better put a KEEP OUT sign on that junk drawer! And thanks for the reminder that mine is exploding… I actually have THREE. Ugh!!!!

    Closet? That’s a big job! Go go go and entice me! haha

    • Jayne says:

      Maybe I should put a shock button on it just for him! haha I actually have a couple more junk drawers, but had already straighten them out not too long ago. Had too. Could not find what I was looking for. LOL

  3. Looks like you and I both chose the under the sink area for our challenges, doesn’t it feel so much better to have it organized, loving mine!

  4. Good job, Jayne! That’s got to feel good and accomplished. :) I like those feelings too.

    Re your comment on my post “What God Would Whisper Under the Table to You,” Jayne,

    They were delicious and we scarfed them up entirely too fast, probably, but it was delightful.

    His sentences are long, aren’t they? :)

    Thanks for stopping in,
    Jennifer Dougan

    • Jayne says:

      It feels so good to open up the drawer and everything is in its place! You know, I bet God likes seeing that in our lives too! Well that’s a whole other post! Have a great weekend!

  5. pattisj says:

    I was planning to work on one of my kitchen drawers this week. It’s a deep drawer. I’ve put dividers in, but there’s still all this loose stuff, and I can never find what I want. Maybe I’ll get it done next week. I’m in the process of moving my writing area, too.

    • Jayne says:

      This was just 1 junk drawer. My real junk drawer, the one that catches everything, was cleaned out over the holidays when I was looking for something and couldn’t find it. Had no choice but to clean it because of the mess I made looking for whatever it was I can’t even remember now. Hope the new writing area turns out to be just perfect! Have a great weekend!

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