Less than a year after Buddy died Amanda (as many of you know) was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer and a very aggressive kind. One of the hardest things this mother ever heard. The whole year was a struggle, seeing her go thru chemo every two weeks. The doctors felt as aggressive as her tumor was she needed an equally aggressive treatment. Several surgeries all the while a mother herself with two little ones at home.
She had hair just in time for Curt's wedding to our sweet daughter in law this past July!
I do not share all this with you to get your sympathy. We serve a loving Father who showered us with much more Grace than sufficient to get thru it all. And He made sure to rain down the Blessings as well!!
I tell you because there are so many big things in all of our lives that we have no control of. I started reflecting on what I could do to regain some in my life. Believe it or not it started in the bathroom! Don't worry ,not my reflection, just the starting place of regaining control!
Our home had accumulated so much stuff! To the world it may had looked tidy enough but I knew too well the secrets hidden under the bed,behind closet doors,and the dreaded basement! We both love antiques and collecting, that along with a small antique business that we quit had left us strangled with stuff. Not to mention children growing up leaving the nest and wanting to store their things here! Did I mention our love of antiques and collecting?!!
I have a passion for jewelry as well. It is not all my fault, Mom says I get that from my Non Non, her mother. (Yes, that's my story and I am sticking to it! lol) I cannot begin to tell you how many times I did not bother to wear a certain piece because I did not have the time or want to to look for it.
Some things I felt were worth the splurge such as the acrylic boxes that I got from Amazon where I can see everything. Other things such as the inexpensive stack able food containers work great!
This is an antique hanging tool box that I talked Mike out of.
The sink vanity everything has a place. (Simple enough that even Michael puts things back!)
(In case you have noticed all the soap in back up, yes I am a bit obsessed with that too!)
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of our master bath, because it really started the organizing ball rolling here at our house. Making life easier and a lot less stressful for me. Maybe you too can get inspired and figure out something you can regain control of. I will be sharing more of making our home work better for us, if you are so inclined, please come back. Be it ever so humble, there truly is no place like it.