Tidying the Nest

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Earlier in the summer amidst all of the clutter and chaos my house became after we began a renovation on an RV all summer (post to come), I looked around and thought, “This house is a disaster and as soon as the kids move out I’m purging all this stuff BIG time!” Technically, I might have actually said that statement out loud more than a few times. I think my receptors to words like clean, tidy, organized, and stress-free were heightened because I heard these words everywhere associated with Marie Kondo’s book. So, after much hype on blogs and GMA, I drank the koolaid and bought the book.

Ms. Kondo is touted as an organizer extraordinaire. She has developed a method of organizing called the KonMari method that has literally swept Japan’s households clean of clutter. Ms. Kondo describes her methods in detail throughout the book as well as sharing some of her personal history. All of that aside, I was underwhelmed by the book. I’ve read organizing books before, and just maybe I was hoping for a cleaning fairy wand, but I was disappointed.

What I did like about the book:

Her methods for folding are genius. I’m still working through the discarding of my clothes but I’m impressed so far. As a lifetime baller of socks, the idea for storing socks has really helped me save time and helped me to quickly get to the socks that I want. Also, the order and manner of discarding is unique. When I sorted my tops, for instance, the book instructs you to pile all of your tops from everywhere in the house (except the ones in the laundry) together to sort. Instead of room by room or closet by closet, she has you gather all of the like items into the same location before you discard. I found this idea easier than other methods and quicker. Lastly, Ms. Kondo states that the discard will take months. She’s right. Her approach is more comprehensive but I believe it will yield better results. This idea is obvious yet candidly refreshing.

 

What I did not like about the book:

Some of the practices that she would like you to incorporate as you are tidying are unrealistic and are perhaps better understood in a Japanese culture. I found some of them odd and off-putting. For instance, she suggests that you remove all of the contents from your purse each night, thank the purse for its service and allow it to rest for the evening before refilling the purse in the morning. Not going to happen here. Poor purse. She also requests that you verbally greet your home when you arrive and as you tidy your space and discard items that you thank the items for their service. Again, not for me. These practices are probably a reflection of her Shinto beliefs.

Ms. Kondo also shares parts of her personal history to explain her passion for organizing. I found most of these personal stories distracting to the book’s purpose. One story would’ve been sufficient instead of interspersed throughout the book. Perhaps, these personal insights would’ve been better suited to a memoir rather than a book on organizing. In addition, I also found the English translation glitchy at times. While the words were probably translated right, the overall gist was wonky in these places.

 

Ms. Kondo’s mantra to use while discarding is: Does it spark joy?  Overall, I’d say this book is a 2.5 stars joy out of 5 stars joy rating. I’m encouraged to use what I like from the book and discard the rest.

Blessings,

Mimi

So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.” 1 Peter 2:1-3 The Message

 

My Favorite Things Revisited

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Today’s post is a revisit of My Favorite Things from last year. Coming up on Thursday, I’ll be posting My Favorite Things 2014.  

Mimi

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Today, I’m joining in with other bloggers for Melissa’s annual Favorite Things Link up Party  @ 320 Sycamore.  This party that she hosts is one of my favorites that I look forward to every year.  This year, I’m sharing some products that are favorites I discovered this year and some that I’ve enjoyed for many years.

1. Pacific Organic Soup: This soup line is delicious.  I just discovered it.  I haven’t tried all of them but the butternut squash and the tomato are yummy.

Organic Creamy Butternut Squash

2. Bookmarks magazine is a wonderful way to find new books and read reviews.  I particularly like the “Have You Read” section where readers send in their lists.

Bookmarks Magazine

3. Musee Bath Balls:  They’re made local and are all natural ingredients.  I particularly love “Man of Constant Sorrow”.  I have arthritis and it’s great for sore muscles and joints.

4. Paddywax Library Candles: This line carries candles named after several famous authors each with their own unique scent.  I like the tobacco flower and vanilla mix found in the Mark Twain candle.  The scent smells like what I would expect his library to smell like.

5. Wet N Wild  Fergie Nail Polish in Going Platinum: All bright and shiny and perfect for the holidays {and later}.

Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Color Going Platinum6. The Good Home Co. Beach Days Hand Soap smells wonderful –just like the beach. A little pricey but on cold winter days –lifts your spirits of warmer days to come.

7. A Lighted Seam Ripper with a magnifier is an awesome thing when you make the number of mistakes I do sewing and have difficulty seeing those tiny stitches clearly.

Mighty Bright - LED Lighted Seam Ripper with Magnifier8. Yoga Mat Sanuk Flip Flops: The bed of the flip flop is made from yoga mats so they’re super cushy.

Yoga Mat9. Popcorn Indiana’s Black and White Kettlecorn: I hesitate to suggest this popcorn treat.  You’ll love it and it’s not calorie free.  I buy mine at Sam’s but I’ve seen it at other locations even Dollar Tree.

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn10. Solar Shield Sunglasses: These glasses wrap around your regular glasses without being wobbly.

What are some of your favorite products?

Click on the favorite things image and you can visit Melissa’s site and the others who are participating.

favorite things 2013Blessings,

Mimi

“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1,5  NIV Bible

 

Friday Finds #4

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I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,

Mimi

“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible

Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford England

  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

Friday Finds #2

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Latest Friday Finds, enjoy!

These pictures of Tybee Island caught my attention by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality.  The whole post is filled with gorgeousness.  Check out her post by clicking the picture.

Tybee Collagevia Rhoda at Southern Hospitality

  • The 20 Most Beloved Books list according to Facebook users’ postings of their 10 favorite books, click here.  Did your favorite make the list?
  • Check out this precious daddy and daughter dance to Taylor Swift’s new song.
  • This post is snort-laugh-out-loud worthy, click here.

A jazzy rendition of Chim Chim Cheree by Esperanza Spalding

Blessings,

Mimi

“Freely you have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8b NIV Bible

 

A Moment of Insanity and Blogging 101

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What was I thinking?!  I’d been feeling overly stressed while writing this bible study that has a deadline looming for publication and I must’ve had a moment of mid-life crisis insanity and thought I’d add more craziness to the mix.  I registered for a Blogging 101 course.  I clicked the button before I gave it thought.  Anybody else do things of this nature?  I’m like a binge stresser  — creating one big moment of meltdown.

My daughter promised me she would actually take this course for me after I woke up from said insanity and realized what I had done to myself.  Then, I see the topic for the first post and realize that she can’t ghost write a post about myself.

summer rose

I’ve been doing this “blogging thing” for a few years.  I’ve changed my name a couple of times, my address a few times, and then, last year, I bit the bullet and bought my own domain and set up my site on WordPress.  I really still feel computer illiterate and frankly, I’m hoping to learn more about navigating around WordPress. 

I feel like an older fish in this blog pond.  Many of the bloggers I read are quite a bit younger than me and most of my real life friends are just learning to navigate Facebook.  I would love to interact and meet bloggers closer to my age with the same interests. That being said, I’ve found most of the bloggers that I’ve interacted with online to be kind and generous.

I use blogging as a creative outlet and a writing practice.  Over the years, I’ve discovered I enjoy blogging about different aspects of my life.  I think the posts my readership has enjoyed the most {BIG THANK YOU to my faithful followers!} are when I review books, talk about my family, my house renovation, trips, faith, or some type of “my favorites” list.

blogging Collage

One of my blogging goals for this year was to post consistently and frequently.  I’ve done pretty good for most of the year.  The summer, I slowed down the frequencies of my posts because, well, … it was summer!  I’ve also tried to find my “voice” in writing.  I joined a writers group for a few months and I’ve tried to experiment more with my writing styles and also push myself to be more open and vulnerable in my posts.

Welcome y’all to the State of Hospitality!

Blessings,

Mimi

“I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me”  Romans 15:15 NIV Bible

Bonus Room Update and Move In Day

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Last week was a blur filled with packing up our daughter’s apartment and finishing the flooring in the bonus room upstairs.  My husband was literally installing the last of the baseboards in the room as Catie, Devin, and I arrived with all of their things from the apartment this past weekend.

This remodel began because their initial plans fell through and they needed a place to stay for a short period of time.  Although unexpected, we’re glad that we had a space for them.

A reminder of the room when we bought the house in 1997.

upstairs 2

And a reminder of where we started with this renovation — turquoise walls and pink floors and no real closet.  If you’d like more details on this remodel, click here.

catie room 2

And how the room looked moments prior to their arrival with all of their stuff.

upstairs room

This picture of the closet doors shows a truer color of the flooring.  We went with a bamboo flooring that we found at Lumber Liquidators.  I like the sustainable quality to using bamboo and I think the flooring is pretty.  Plus, bamboo is much cheaper than hardwood and since bamboo thrives in a damp environment, the product is also water resistant.

upstairs room 2

And the room 3 hours later —  I’m so glad that Jack took the above two pictures so I could share the finished room before all of the boxes and furniture were brought in.

move in

Catie and Devin love animals.  So, we also have a few additional pets living at our house.    I’ve forbidden her to add to the mix while they’re here.  They can visit the local animal shelter but NO TOTING the pets home!

Zara, my ‘grand sugar flyer’.  She doesn’t appear in the open often.  Not my favorite.  She loves blueberries and mangoes to eat.

zara

Opie, my ‘grandbunny’.  Opie is a Velveteen rabbit and is very, very soft.  I like him — might be because he is quiet.   He loves spinach, carrots, bananas, apples, and blueberries.

opie

Bella, my ‘grandcat’.  She is a Maine Coon mix.  This breed gets quite large and she is still growing.  Currently, she weighs 12 pounds, likes to perch, play in water, and chirps like a bird instead of meows.

bella

Catie and Devin have fish too.  Thank goodness, she doesn’t like birds or reptiles!

This week has been filled with unpacking and letting our bodies recover from the move and the work on the room.  The bathroom still needs work and the railing at the stairs needs to be finished but for now, Catie and Devin have a space to call their own.
Blessings,

Mimi

“He brought me out into a spacious place”  Psalm 18:19a  NIV Bible