THE GUEST-READY HOME: Lesson 22 supplement

 

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“Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also.”

The scene was set:  food, live entertainment, candles, flowers, white linens, and 250 guests meandering in and around our home. In the midst of the party I fielded the question
that prompted the writing of my book, Excellence with Simple Elegance. “How do you do it?” The answer is keep life simple.

Simple and routine are the keys words to maintaining your home. A routine that is well-rehearsed is crucial to keeping the stress level low each day and maintaining a clean, tidy home. Simplicity is the key to unlocking joy into your physical living space. There is no need for extravagant living. Just keep it simply elegant.

Excellence needs to be applied to the way you keep your home and the things you own. Good stewardship is an important part of being a woman of faith. A good steward is one who deals wisely with what God has entrusted to them and takes good care to protect it. The idea of stewardship should be applied to everything we have–all of our possessions.

The Study (workbook)The Study: Keep Life Simple; grab your calendar and make a plan. Excellence with Simple Elegance: The Study. Both books can be purchased easily at http://www.bonnieliabenow.com by clicking the widget Bonnie’s Books

 

 

 

 

 Simple Living Challenge – Pick 5!

Five

Life is so busy, there are so many things to do, and so many things we want to do. Decluttering and simplifying gives us the space to do this.

When we can get rid of the extra it allows us to be more efficient, minimize the excess and maximize our time. Decluttering our life sharpens our ability to be creative and to be inspired and even find the time to do it!

Please join me in this simple living challenge that will assuredly make our life and home more efficient, more peaceful, more attractive, less stressful, saving time, saving money, saving energy and maximize our time. Please consider joining me in this challenge of clearing the clutter.  You will be amazed at the results.

Every day for one month you are challenging yourself to Pick 5 things to donate and 5 things to trash.

Grab a donation box. Daily run around your house picking 5 things up and put them in the box. Don’t even think – just do! It’s only 5 things, that’s nothing! Grab anything you haven’t used in the last 12 months and place it in the box! Old clothes, shoes, craft supplies, sheets, towels, books, dishes, cookware, nick- knacks and more! Declutter!

Next, grab your trash/recycling bin – Run around the house and pick 5 things to throw away/recycle.

Keep going each day and donate 5, toss 5. Before you know it, you’ll be 280 items lighter by the end of the month and you won’t even miss them!

Really challenge yourself this month to give away all the excess – only keep the things you love and use and get rid of the rest. Remember – we only use 20% of our stuff 80% of the time – be ruthless, get rid of that 80% to get to the 20% that really matters to you!

You might be asking – Why give it all away? I spent good money on that!

The little secret is the more I give away, the less I spend. Begin today being excellent stewards of what God has given you and start storing up treasures in heaven instead of here on earth. The blessings are huge!

 

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“Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father who created all the lights in heavens.”

Blessing

“I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

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