Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What Makes You Happy?

Mindy here. Do you ever feel scattered, like the autumn leaves blowing around your yard? Running here, running there. Doing this, doing that. Taking care of this person and that person, meeting the needs of everyone else. You bounce from one project to another, simply because it has to be done. You grow weary and, before long, you discover that being Superwoman ain't all it's cracked up to be.

Bruised and battered from playing defense for too long, I decided it was time to sit on the side lines and think about what made ME happy. What do I like to do? I love to write, but there are lots of other things I enjoy doing too. Things that won't impact just me, but the rest of my family.

One thing I've always liked is decorating. I enjoy living in an environment that is aesthetically pleasing. But lately, I've felt totally defeated when it came to the house. Then hubby decided it was time to replace our twenty year old flooring. Well, if we're getting new flooring, what a perfect time to paint!

I love to paint. I love the way color transforms and brightens a tired room.

But if we're talking flooring, that means removing all the furniture. I told my husband, "If I don't love it, it's not going back." Okay, so the look on his face was just a tad shy of horrified. Especially when I relegated piece after piece to the garage. I knew what was going through his head. He was worried that I'd want to buy new things to replace the castoffs. Au contraire. I don't want just stuff. I want to be surrounded by things I love. Cherished mementos. Photographs. Heirlooms.

So after weeks of climbing up and down a ladder, scrubbing paint off my hands and fingernails, and moving furniture, I now have a beautiful "new" dining room. A living room that is cozy and clutter free, with a bit of a library feel, the perfect place for Mom and Dad to curl up with a good book (or each other :-).

By going from carpet to Pergo, the family room has been transformed. It, too, has been effectively decluttered and redesigned to work better for our family. And though they'd never admit it, the reinvented space has even had an impact on my boys. They seem to care now. No shoes in the middle of the floor, no dirty shirts or socks left lying about.

Totally in love with this whole theme of fresh walls and less clutter, I decided my office would be the next target. No new flooring, but it only took me two hours to knock out the paint job. Then I sorted, tossed, dusted, and rearranged. Now the room feels more spacious, a place where creativity can abound.

Rediscovering my love for decorating showed me that clutter is EVIL. Decorating guru Christopher Lowell used to say, "A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind." I couldn't agree more. Getting rid of the clutter, surrounding myself with things I love makes me feel good. When I feel good, I have more energy. When I have more energy, it's easier to stay on top of things, to keep those rooms looking the way I like them to look. And when I don't have housework hanging over my head, my mind is free to focus on the thing I love to do most of all--WRITE!

By revisiting something I enjoyed doing, I created a better environment for creativity, work, and my family.

Are you at the top of your game? Or are you feeling overwhelmed, defeated? Take a time out. Rediscover what you like to do, or even learn something new. Surround yourself with what is important to you. The rewards will be worth the effort.

Happy Tuesday...


  1. Yes, I feel scattered like the autumn leaves!

    As for happy, seeing my family happy and laughing makes me happy. Sometimes I fear we don't laugh enough b/c we are ALL caught up in the busyness of life. Celina with school projects and allergies. Dwayne with his business. Me with my writing and my day job.

    It makes me happy to travel and take adventuring escapes to places with my family--especially historical places.

  2. Excellent, Jenn. And, considering that you write historicals, a trip like that is a double bonus for you.
    I know all too well what you mean about the business. I can't help but wonder, were things like that when we were kids? I guess progress does have its drawbacks.

  3. Mindy,
    I think you've been spying on me - I'm so scattered I can't find myself!!

    Thanks for a thought-provoking blog!


  4. I want to come visit!! I'd love to see photos. Are you going to post on your blog?

    I need to de-clutter so badly. I did some this past weekend. Went through several baskets of old clothes to get rid of. Of course, I still have several more stacks to go, but I'm getting there.

  5. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  6. Edwina, it's hard to imagine you as scattered. However, I bet your house is still is order, oh mighty queen of organization :-)

  7. Missy, I hadn't even thought about taking photos. But you are more than welcome to come visit any time you like.
    Hey, you now have two baskets less to go through. If you tackle just one basket/pile/etc. every day or so, you'll have things knocked out in no time.

  8. Ron, I'm so glad you found us. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Mindy, I can't wait until the day I am on the other side of our remodel so I can breath that sigh of relief :) Enjoy yours!

  10. Mindy, I love the result of decluttering and redecorating, but I hate doing it. Hmm. I love singing, writing, reading, and staring at God's creation in wonder.

    My favorite thing is helping someone else. I love seeing their joy at overcoming or victory over the past. I love that break through moment when their eyes light up with the "I get it" expression.


  11. Mindy,
    I love the finished product of a decorated room, but I don't seem to have the eye as to what works well together. One thing I used to do constantly was rearrange. I was always moving things around. Now I love to watch HGTV. That channel is on all the time.
    Right now, I really need to declutter. Especially my office.
    Hmmm...(but that doesn't make me happy!)

  12. Decorating stresses me out. LOL I love it when it's done but I don't trust my choices in the process.
    The work you did sounds amazing. You must post pictures. As for being overwhelmed, I have three boys. Need I say more. :) Have a blessed day.

  13. You'll get there, Eva. Hopefully soon.

  14. Angie God's creation is hard not to wonder over. From the vastness of the sea, to the splendor of the mountains it's hard to miss Him.

  15. Lindi, HGTV is my fave. Although, we seem to keep ending up on Nick Jr. Sigh.

  16. Ciara, I'll try to come up with some "after" pix. But you need to learn to trust your instincts. After all, it's about what you like, what is pleasing to you, that's important, not someone else.