I’m going to be really honest with you here — one area I struggle to find balance is in the area of CLUTTER. I’m a “messie” by nature, and I like to surround myself with items from my past and books and all kinds of things to inspire me….and inspire my creativity!
Sometimes, the clutter invades my sanity.
It makes me feel crazy. Especially with clutter from five people and a dog!
I’m working my way through two books I highly recommend: From Clutter to Clarity: Simplifying Life from the Inside Out by Nancy Twig and Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider.
I absolutely love Ms Twig’s definition of clutter:
Clutter is “anything that complicates your life and prevents you from living in peace as you live out your purpose.”
I’ve got too much clutter.
(Can you see my embarrassment as I show you this picture?!! )
The thing I love most about From Clutter to Clarity is that she highlights clutter in its various forms — not just material clutter, but financial, technological, time management, and more. It also looks at clutter from a Christian perspective:
“The more we stay focused on the junk of this life, the less time and energy we have to focus on the important matters –God and His plans for our lives.”
I want margin. I want freedom. I don’t want to feel like I’m suffocating from all of the stuff I have to manage.
So. I’m cleaning out room by room.
I’m inviting you to join me. I think I’ll even make it a 30 Day Challenge!
When I look at the house as a whole, I get overwhelmed, so I’m breaking it down into manageable pieces! This week, I’m focusing on the living areas of our home. The living room, school room, and office are getting makeovers.
Here’s my plan of attack:
1) Have three containers in the room I’m working on. One for trash. One for recycling. One for items to give away or garage sale items.
2) Work on one room until I finish. Break this into as many small chunks of time as I need to not be overwhelmed. (I have this tendency to start in one room, get tired of it, and move to the next thing without finishing. Yes. I am that person sometimes!!)
3) Ask myself hard questions: Why am I keeping this? Does this contribute to my (or my family’s) purpose? Is it really necessary?
If you want to take part, just leave a comment. Let me know what you plan to work on this week!
And if anyone is up to providing moral support, I’m going to need it…