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Have y’all heard of a Commonplace Book? It’s a kind of like a journal, but it’s not a journal. Instead of writing down your private thoughts or daily reflections, you record anything that resonates with you. Words to a song, a quote, a bible verse, a line from a movie…anything. If you saw the movie, A Walk to Remember, it’s like the book that Landon gave to Jamie when she was in the hospital.
Such books were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests. Wikipedia
Anyway, I started one several months ago. I’ve only written a few things in it, but over the last couple of days have come across a few Commonplace Book-worthy sentiments. One is more of an idea than a line or a quote, an idea that strikes a chord. And that is this: settling into your home. That has been my goal since the day I was handed the shiny, silver key to our new home.
This is the year that I’m surrendering my inhibitions; letting go of what doesn’t belong and grabbing hold of what does.
So, I’ve been purging everything that we don’t need or use. If I haven’t used it or figured out a way to repurpose it in all these years, then I’m not going to. It feels so good to bag it up and load it in the car.
“I like the way you work it. ( no diggity) Gotta bag it up. (bag it up)” Dr. Dre
I’m making a second trip to GoodWill today. In this process, I’m also thinking through how I want to use each closet in our home. Will the linen closet go back to being a linen closet or will it continue storing cleaning supplies? Should I convert the “spare” room closet into a homework station? Tune in soon at the same bat time and the same bat channel to find out.
Then there’s the command center, the contents of which are strewn all over my kitchen island. It needed to be reorganized so that it functions to suit my family’s needs. Today, I’m sharing more about “Clearing the Clutter” and tackling the big projects as I continue the Organization 101 series at Inspiration Cafe. I hope you’ll join me. (That post will be live at 9:00 a.m. CST.)