In the last month or so I have made a lot of ChaNgeS in my life. First off, I recently had another garage sale which proved to be just as successful as the one in the fall. I finally have a clutter free home. I made a point to go through EVERYTHING, and if I didn’t LOVE IT, I sold it. There were things that were hard to get rid of, mainly due to habit and feeling like I “had” to keep it around the house “just in case”. Let me tell ya, it was worth it because everything is organized and I can keep better tabs on what we need and what we don’t.
Once I was able to declutter my home, it was only natural to want to DecLutteR other areas of my life. Several weeks ago, Robyn wrote a post called iPhone Mommy. It struck a chord with me. For months I had been feeling like the internet and social media were a huge distraction and temptation. I wish I was like those of you that are disciplined when it comes to social media, but I am not. I kept making excuses that I HAD to check my facebook several times a day to make sure I wasn’t missing personal messages or notifications from groups I am involved in. Robyn’s post motivated me to make some cHaNgeS once and for all. I tied up lose ends with my personal FB messages and notified leaders to any of my groups. I told these people that I wouldn’t be checking facebook as often and to contact me via email or phone if they needed something right away. Everyone has been very understanding and I guess I figured if someone needed me bad enough, they could find a way. It was really that simple! Now, I only check facebook once every couple of weeks, which allows me to catch up on information or messages I may have missed!
To take things one step further, I changed the settings on my phone so I no longer get an email “ring” for new emails AND I deleted the facebook icon so I’m not tempted to check it. This has made a huge difference when I am around my kids. My phone isn’t dinging all the time and we spend more quality time together in random places. When we use to wait in the car I would sit there and read the internet while they were in the backseat. Now we try to play games or talk about fun stuff! In addition, if we are playing and the phone rings, I don’t answer when I feel like the kids are really engaged in what we are doing. Several times they’ve asked, “Mom, aren’t you going to get the phone?” and I say, “No, I want to play with you right now.” The look and smile on their faces when I say that….PRICELESS :)
Last but not least, I am writing to say that Robynn, Robyn (Jersey Girl) and I are going to take the summer off in regards to blog posting. We don’t want to give it up for good because we really enjoy writing and sHaRinG things with you. But, like we talk about so often, if it doesn’t bring you PEACE then you need to make some changes. Now that the kids are going to be home all summer we feel that not being tied to anything (a.k.a the blog) will bring us the most peace. We know you understand, and we thank you for that. The plan is to pick up in September once kiddos are back in the grind of school. I didn’t even put a dent in my “Home Makeover Series” so I hope to share more of that with you, along with the normal LIFE posts that I share.
I hope that this lengthy (sorry! *wink*) post has encouraged you to declutter areas in your own life. I cannot tell you how much jOy and fReedoM it has brought to mine.
Have a wonderful and memorable summer and we look forward to writing in the fall!