I am so glad you are here today. It’s the day I share with you something that has been a struggle for me for most of my life – and an answer to that struggle. I’m talking about clutter. My story is pretty straightforward. I really enjoy cleaning. It’s one of those things in life that yields immediate results but I found despite my best efforts and the fact that everything was clean there were strays. Things that had no place to go so they went into the garage, or stuffed into a drawer or closet or under the bed. That, on the surface, may not sound like something to consider a struggle but it has always nagged at me. I would make plans to build something, paint something, bake something, sew something, etc., but before I let myself have that fun time, I would stop myself because I had to clean…I had to organize my chaos, wrangle my clutter, and get a hold of things. The problem is bigger than it sounds. It’s a problem with the way I think. The clutter keeps me from fully living because it’s always there. It was something that I had prayed about for a few years now not because it’s anything earth shattering but because it caused me so much anxiety. I would clean and purge and repeat the cycle but I never had order. It was somehow always evading me but…and this is a really great BUT…a few weeks ago I read a post by Jamie at Anderson & Grant about a book she was reading. I read the post….thought it sounded awesome, but moved on. Then, Jamie emailed me and asked if I wanted to be a part of a series about Sparking Joy based on the book. I thought that this may finally be the answer I was looking (and praying for) so I jumped at the chance and I am so glad that I did.
I bought the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and started reading it. Shortly after starting something in my head finally clicked and I am changing. The holidays this year will be filled with more joy and I am actually looking forward to entertaining instead of dreading it. I have only just started (I’m 11 days into it) and I have more to go but I will share every week the progress I’m making and the changes I’ve noticed.
I hope you’ll join me as well as the ladies below every Sunday now through November 1st as we share our journey to Sparking Joy. We’ll share our own tips as well as tips from the book that inspired it all and I’ll personally be sharing how this journey is changing my life.
A Journey to Sparking Joy:
If any of what I have shared makes sense to you please let me know in the comments below or via email (cupcakes and crinoline at gmail dot com) – I truly hop you join me for this journey and that you are inspired and changed for the better.