Day 25 – Your Desk (or paperwork area)! #31DaysToClean

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Why yes that is a coffee maker on my desk. Brilliant, no?

Today we are cleaning your desk or paperwork area.

Get all the papers out of your desk and begin to sort! Throw things away, and make piles for what needs to go where. This is a good time to re-evaluate your paperwork system. Do you need bins or folders or other kinds of storage?

If you find that you have drawings and notes from your kids or friends and family, consider using a plastic bin with a lid or a separate folder in your filing cabinet to keep those special things safe (memories)!

After Pics!

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The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

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If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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Day 24 – The Entry Way! #31DaysToClean

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This is our entry way and it’s ALWAYS  a mess. With three kids and playing in the snow, it gets crazy every day. Usually there are snow pants, hats and gloves all over the floor as well!

Today we are cleaning the entryway into our homes. Here’s the plan:

  • Get all the shoes, trash, junk and whatever else you have scattered in your entry way and put it away. Set aside one pair of shoes per person to put back after you’ve cleaned.
  • Now sweep up the area and wash or vacuum it. Put the shoes back nicely lined up.
  • If you have a coat rack, tidy that up as well, only keeping what you need.
  • Mail and keys area? Yep, take care of that to!

After Pics!

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The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

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If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

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Day 23 – The Family Room! #31DaysToClean

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Curled up in bed watching The Watsons Go to Birmingham

I woke up with a headache that I thought would make my head explode.

I took Ibuprofen, had two cups of coffee, hid from the light for a couple of hours, and finally made cheesy potato soup and watched a movie in bed with the kids. The edge is finally gone and I think I can do some cleaning.

Today (or maybe tomorrow), the family room…famroombefore

Ah yes, the family room. It used to be where we watched movies and cuddled close. Once we got rid of our T.V. we stopped spending time in this room, and now it pretty much just houses my husbands wood projects. (We use an iPad for movies.)

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These are the bookshelves my husband BUILT for us. I love them. We want to make this room a library and begin using it again. But there is the matter of all that wood…

Today we will be cleaning the family room, or whatever extra room you have in your home that could use some cleaning! If you have another room that’s like your living room, clean it according to the living room plan. Whatever extra room or other space that you have that needs cleaned, do that space today! What you don’t finish you can do on a Saturday or the project day that is coming up! WOOT!

After Pics!

Oh, IT LOOKS SO GOOD NOW!!!!!

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Ahhhhhh!

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Love love love!

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We put the wood in the corner. :)

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

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If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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Your Spouse Is Not the Enemy of Your Dream

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This is a guest post by my friend Jeff Goins. For a limited time you can get his new book, The Art of Work, for free (just pay shipping). Find out more at http://artofworkbook.com. Enjoy!

When my wife and I first got married as a couple of kids who moved to Nashville to chase our dreams, she vowed to be my biggest fan. At the time I thought it was nothing more than a sentimental idea.  But it was much more than that.

Years later, when I was in the midst of trying to become a full-time writer, I forgot that promise. I shouldn’t have, but I did.

It was at a conference about chasing your dream that I started to wake up. One of the speakers asked us to raise our hands if we didn’t know what our dream was. So I did.  Then he said, “I believe you do know what your dream is. You’re just scared to admit it.”

I immediately put my hand down. It was trembling. And with it, I wrote one word in my notebook: “writer.”

That night I rushed home to my wife, Ashley, to share with her my dream. “Jeff,” She sighed. “I’ve been telling you that for years.” I admitted she was right and went to sleep.

Shortly after that, a friend asked what my dream was.

“Well,” I said, “I guess it’s to be a writer.”

He just looked at me and said, “Jeff, you don’t have to want to be a writer. You are a writer. You just need to write.”

Maybe he was right. Maybe faith really is the substance of things not seen. Maybe you have to believe something before you can become it.

Maybe activity follows identity.

I shared this profound truth I had stumbled upon with Ashley. And once again she sighed. “Are you kidding me?!” She asked. “I’ve been asking when you’re going to write a book. Why does it take someone else telling you something for you to listen?”

I kissed her, opened my laptop, and began writing.

For the following year, I woke up at five a.m. almost every day and wrote for 365 days straight. I started a blog, got a book contract, and began making a living off my passion. It was an incredible year, one I will never forget.

But it was also a year of frustration. Every night I’d stay up late to work on the next day’s blog post. And some time after midnight, my wife would call from our bedroom for me to come upstairs. 

And I would ignore her. 

Because secretly I was believing a lie that holds you back from fulfilling your calling.

I thought my wife was the enemy of my dream. 

We all do this sometimes, I think. We believe those closest to us don’t want us to succeed. And this attitude can corrupt the best of intentions.

Why do we this? I think it’s fear. Fear of vulnerability. Of being known. Those closest to us have the greatest potential to wound us. They can discourage us, and shoot our dreams down because they know what wounds us. This is the cost of being known, of being loved.

In my case, I wanted to write and inspire people and support my family, but the thing I was trying to protect — my family — was the very thing I was destroying. And I almost missed it. 

The day my first book was published, my wife threw a surprise party for me. I came home after work to a house full of people. And on the table next to a pile of cupcakes with my book cover in decorative frosting was a card. I opened it. Inside, it said: “it was never a question of if but always a matter of when.”

That’s when I got it.

I always thought your dream was something private, something you didn’t dare tell somebody else about. I was wrong. A dream doesn’t belong to you. Your calling isn’t about it. You are a caretaker of the dream, a steward of the calling you’ve received. And it’s up to you to live a life worthy of it. Which includes loving well those around you.

Don’t make the same mistake I made. Don’t make your greatest supporters into your worst enemies. Your spouse is not the enemy of your dream.

Was there ever a time when you chased a dream at the cost of a relationship? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below.

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Day 22 (Which was supposed to be 21) – SORTING DAY! #31DaysToClean

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I literally swooshed everything from my kitchen counter (that wasn’t dish-related) into this trash bag…a month ago.

Sorting day!

Remember how you stuffed all those papers and miscellaneous items from your kitchen counters and drawers into a bag or bin? Well friend, today is the day you are going to sort through all of that stuff. Yep, so settle in with some good tunes and get to it!

In fact, if you’re in the east, today is a PERFECT day to sort because of ALL THE PRETTY SNOW outside! I love it. My kids will frolic in it and I will make hot chocolate. Cozy.

And I will sort!

After Pics!

I just can’t resist…

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Snow day! I mean, she’s just SO CUTE!

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Okay, digging in to the trash bag…

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All the stuff!

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The Desperate Audio Book! Don’t have time to read it? Listen to it! Sadly, Sally and I aren’t the ones who read the book.

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Some favorites! Songs for Saplings and Classical Kids!

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We LOVE Sir Malcolm and the Prince!!!! Such a great story!

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Pretty earrings. The ones on the left were my grandmother’s and the ones on the right were from my dear friend Logan.

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Blue Ridge Black Bean Salsa! SO good!

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Oh, it’s a talk I gave. :)

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My son wrote a book. The Lion Eats Tonight. Get it. Ha!

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This was not on the counter, but since there were so many recipes in that trash bag, I brought this out to finally give those recipes a home!

Done!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

Would you like to receive my posts to your email? Just click here.

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

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The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

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