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Get Rid Of The Life Suckers

How many times have you walked by or into a closet and thought to yourself, “Oh My Gosh…this clutter is killing me” or opened a drawer and said, “I am going to clean this out one of these days”. I call the areas of my home which evoke frustration, dread, or irritation “LIFE SUCKERS”. I am sure you know what I mean…those areas that literally suck the life our of you when near them.

Well, lately I have been checking my pulse to see if I am  even alive!!!

Last May we bought our dream home; a home we have admired for over 25 years. With the help of family and friends we moved into the place like a whirlwind…That should say it all. “Essentials” were unpacked and  the rest left in boxes and placed in closets, drawers, and cabinets. Needless to say, almost a year later I am still going thru boxes… “Life Sucker”

Each day I pull into the garage of our wonderful home, I am greeted by dark cedar walls, a work bench full of clutter, yard tools scattered throughout the garage. Welcome home… Wow, I am being greeted by a… “Life Sucker”

Then as I exit the car and walk through the breeze-way to the back door, yet another “Life Sucker” tries to grab me…the dark brown paint on the walls doors, and ceiling of the breeze-way and entrance.

As if that were not enough…As I enter the back door, the kitchen with its dark worn cabinetry sucks me in…“Life Sucker”

My list could go on and on to the point I have no pulse so I recently decided to tackle the major “Life Suckers” in my life.

So, during the time period in which I made no entries to my blog…I was very busy trying to take  my life back.

First, we started with our cabana out by the pool…It was dark, heavy and uninviting so we lightened it up with a lot of paint!

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Next, I moved to the kitchen…Also dark, drab and worn thus MORE paint!!!

BEFORE

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AFTER

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While these were a couple of my big “Life Suckers” I have also manged several small ones as well…

  • I made a table-cloth to put on my glass top table so I no longer saw finger prints and smears on the glass
  • Removed heavy curtains in one of the guest rooms and replaced them with light and airy sheers
  • Cleaned out the closet under the stairs
  • Unpacked more boxes stored in an upstairs closet
  • Organized a “Christmas Closet” which holds all the Christmas decorations

No, I haven’t tackled the garage but…that is coming up next!!!

So, if you find the life being sucked out of you by your surroundings…TAKE CHARGE!

Get Rid Of The Life Suckers!!!

Love Lee ♥

A Love Lee Place

 

Let There Be Light

For all who have visited our home in Jones Creek know all too well the importance of light in my life. In-fact, anyone who passed our home could see the lights from the street as the electric candles burned in every window to illuminate our home.

These electric candles burn 24/7 as a symbol of life to all who pass by. Life, love, and hope that filles our home served as a beacon for all to join us in our celebration. In-fact, prior to moving, I received a card from a neighbor thanking me for keeping the candles burning throughout the night. She suffered from a chronic illness and spent many sleepless nights gazing out her window across the street at our lights stating they served as a symbol of hope for her. One of the saddest moments I experienced when we moved was unplugging my lights and packing them away.

As I unpacked boxes in our new home, I came across the lights. I debated about putting them in the windows but got side tracked and put the box aside and totally forgot about them. After dinner last night, Richard said, “Hey Babe, can you come here for a minute?”. I followed him outside to the front of the house and Oh My Gosh…The entire front of the house was glowing! He had unpacked my lights…

Let There Be Light…We are Home Now!

Love Lee ♥

 

 

 

 

You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29

 

Keep On Keeping On

Too much to do and not enough time to do it? Paul has no Peter to borrow from? People not working with ya? Life coming at you too fast? What to do when life gets overwhelming?

Keep on Keeping on!!!

Albert Einstein’s three rules of work which are especially true during the holidays…

1. Out of clutter, find simplicity

  • Christmas cards
    • Place your cards next to your favorite chair so you can work on them while relaxing
    • Compose a Newsletter highlight favorite events and milestones over the previous year. Insert  into the Card
    • Use address labels generated electronically
    • Purchase standard size envelopes to avoid paying extra postage
  • Gifts wrap
    • Use gift bags when possible.
    •  Purchase ribbon with wire in it for easier bows
    • For easy gift labels use address labels
  • Food
    • Invite family members to bring their favorite dishes
    • Keep the menu simple
    • Quality verses Quantity is a good practice
    • Use no more than 5 ingredients (There are cookbooks to help with this)
    • Decoration
  • House Work
    • Focus on high traffic areas
    • Place clutter in a storage tub to clear hard surfaces
    • Ensure bathrooms are clean
    • Clean up spills and soiled areas when they occur

2. From discord, find harmony

  • Give the Gift of Forgiveness
  • Practice kindness
  • Pray for those who are difficult to deal with
  • Make every effort to practice tolerance
  • Put others first
  • Include everyone no matter the circumstances…you will never get this day in time again.

3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

  • Practice the KISS method (Keep It Simple Silly)
  • Think of different methods to accomplish your goals
  • Maximize on your gifts and talents
  • Captitalize on your passions
  • Ask for help

Most importantly, whether you are dealing with clutter, discord, or difficulties you can apply one action to all…Commit it to God!

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him to help you do it and He will. Psalms 37:5 TLB

You Can Do This…

Just Keep On Keeping On!!!

Love Lee ♥