cleaning up…

Usually, around the end of every year or into the beginning of the next, people begin cleaning out their stuff. There is a natural urge, it would seem, to end or begin a year as uncluttered as possible.

Garages, clothing, the back of dark closets, photo albums, music & movie collections, and the proverbial sock drawers – all are combed through in an effort to begin anew, refreshed from the clutter which can sometimes drag one down.

In addition to their physical space there are those who will take time to evaluate their mental & spiritual condition, as well.

Heavens, simply do a quick google search and you will find a plethora of information regarding diy decluttering tips, along with “taking stock of the lessons learned” in life.

All cheering you on in an effort to…


And so it is, as 2022 draws to an end I find myself evaluating & doing a little bit of the same!

I do hope you’ll wish me luck & lift up a prayer as I do!

While my joy-filled heart pushes me forward in cleaning out the messiness of several years of accumulated clutter – along with discarding many valuable lessons-learned.

Because truthfully – I don’t need the extra stuff and gratefully – these lessons no longer need to be taught!

Are there any “lessons-learned” or clutter needing let go & discarded by you too?

I promise to be cheering for you if you do!

Here’s a list of a few of mine!

“When someone can no longer control you, they will instead try to control how others see you. The information will seem unfair, but stay above it, trusting that there is only ONE judge and He knows the Truth. “

Mark Morrow, M.A., NCC, LPC

Next up….those socks!!

hugs n’ blessings for all those properly placing the clutter & mess into their rear-view mirror!

6 thoughts on “cleaning up…

    1. Hugs to you Jill for all the ways your encouraging heart ministers to me. It’s a process…never perfect…but oh, SO BEAUTIFUL in its completion. 2023 is going to be VERY special. 💕


  1. I love your socks! Some days I need to be reminded of the simplest things! The strive for “cleaning up and out” is real, and I believe many of us bull into it at this time of the year. I’m trying a different approach this year – I’m designating one room per month, and committing to taking my time, but doing a thorough clean-out and cleaning/repairs/painting, etc. as necessary. I’ve even designated a month for the attic and the basement…and enlisted some special help in the form of family members, and prayer family members. I won’t say excitement is quite the right word….committed and resolute are better for this go around. Along with this, I’m committing to the Catechism in a Year (which starts tomorrow!!!) as a way to renew my mind to the important elements of our faith. This is far more exciting – learning/relearning on a very important topic. Please feel free to join me! Know of my prayers for you and your family each an every day. May Jesus and His Blessed Mother bless you always.
    PS. Loved the pics of your little ones (and bigger ones)….such special blessings….thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Nance! I love all of these New Year goals you have set for yourself! BRAVO!! Dan & I are both committing to the Catechism in a Year, as well! And these first two days have been phenomenal, don’t you think??? After completing the Bible in a Year we are certain the holy spirit will gift us with many blessings in this new experience also. Hugs to you for your own commitment and I do hope you’ll stop by to share how the process is going for you.💕💕 Happy holy New Year, sweet friend!!


  2. Hugs, hugs and hugs! So many messages in those photos. It seems to me that you have put up boundaries to how you will let people treat you and some might resent it. How cool that you did that and you will likely help others do the same. I think their shock will diminish and they will respect you and the relationship will actually be improved, but it depends on them. I love the fun stuff in your post, so creative and I admire it immensely. Talent! – David

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’ve gathered up all your given hugs & am grateful for each and every one. Most especially I appreciate your words of support as I remove unhealthy situations around me. May light and peace be experienced by any and all who are doing the same.

      Also, I am so appreciative of you Dave, for the kind encouragement you always give towards my blogging efforts. My heart becomes fuller each and every time you do. 💕

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