The Twelve Days of Purpose: Day Four “Cupboard Clean Up”

My first late post. Sorry to all my readers. Yesterday turned very busy and when I got into bed at 11:30 p.m. I could not make myself blog, sleep was all I could do! So here it is first thing this morning. Day Five should still be coming this evening!

Today’s repurposing surrounds cleaning up one of those spots in your house that drive you crazy. Your home might look neat and organized from the outside, or like you have it all together, but we all have those zones full of chaos. I call them “mental breakdown zones” because I literally feel like I’m going crazy when I see how I’ve let it get out of control. One of those spots for us is under our bathroom sink. It is very tiny, I’d say one foot deep by two feet wide. I think I got into the habit of just fitting as much random stuff as I could, and then shutting the door quickly (my baking pans cupboard is like that too, I need to get to all my “zones” soon).

I’m embarrassed, but here come some pictures!

My intentions were good in the beginning with that basket there to hold stuff, but as you can see it got out of control.

I pulled everything out and separated it into three groups.

  1. Garbage
  2. Keep, but put where it actually belongs (example, random make up and hair products go in our bedroom)
  3. Actually to be kept in the bathroom

I wiped the cupboard out. Ahh, it felt good to start right over. We can be obsessive about certain areas of our house or certain closets, but this one really had become a sanity breaker for me. Because of our personalities, some of the best gifts for my husband and I are simply “organizational surprises”. I might come home from something and he’s reorganized the bedroom, or I might have reorganized the fridge. So I knew that this project was going to relieve some of Andrew’s stress and make him happy. I guess we’re organizational nerds (who aren’t always actually organized).

I chose a smaller long and skinny basket and limited all our bottles to fitting into there, besides the mouthwash. I was astonished at how much stuff in there before was not needed in the bathroom or was just simply almost finished and needed to be thrown away!

I was reading in Matthew 23:25-26 after repurposing of this space and read Jesus’ words to the pharisees.

“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.”

More than clean and organized cupboards, we need clean and purified hearts. I know in my life I have zones in my heart that are full of garbage: greed, hate, jealousy. I also have areas of my heart where I have worked on and where God has been changing me. It’s a process we can’t become discouraged in. It’s like our homes, there will always be work to do. We will never have our heart completely cleaned out and Christlike. We’ll need to continue to maintain the secret places of our hearts where only God can see who we truly are.

The good news is we can pray like the psalmist did “create in me a clean heart oh God” and He will do it!

Happy organizing!

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