It is time to let some love into the messiest part of our homes.
You know those places. The ones we hide from others. The ones that just keep piling up more and more.
Today, I would like to write about something that we are currently dealing with in our home, and I am sure you are too. The word is CLUTTER. Clutter isn’t just stuff though. It is often a reflection of what is in our hearts.
I feel like we are all very thirsty for more in life. We want to be fulfilled and “feel full” with the stuff we have. In the Bible, Jesus says that, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (John 4:13-15) My faith tells me that I can find that fulfillment in my relationship with God and not in material items.
Before you even start to think about the clutter in your home, check your heart first before moving on to it. Sometimes, we are holding on to sentimental items or the past. Sometimes, we are looking to feel more fulfilled by what we have. Lets check ourself first and reflect before moving forward.
Clutter Steals Our Joy
Clutter brings frustration, restlessness, and steals our joy. It ends up piling up until we don’t recognize what we got in the first place.
But what about the latest toys, pieces of technology, or trends? We must first rethink what we are purchasing and ask ourselves if it will really be used. It is easy to purchase items impulsively so put your items in your cart, but don’t check out. Sleep on it, and leave it in your cart. Sleep on it again, and maybe just leave it there for this month.
Here’s my tip for this month.
Besides the necessities of life, go on a spending freeze this month, and only purchase items that will help you organize what you already have.
When the sun goes down, what will be remembered about your home?
Will it be remembered as a place where there was love and contentment? Do you appreciate what you have, or are you still wanting more?
I know it’s so easy to get in the trap of wanting more and more and more. Unfortunately, it just never ends since once you get one item, you just want another item. Pull yourself out of this right now.
The Bible reminds me to, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”-Hebrews 13:5
Make it a priority this month to practice contentment.
I am making it a priority this month to remove clutter in two priority locations which I feel need it: the pantry (again) and the playroom (again). It can be frustrating to continue reorganizing a place that has already been organized, but don’t give up. These two places continue to change, and we only have so much time to really work on them at a time. I often felt when I was working long hours that I would never really get to finish what I wanted to organize. Do you ever feel like this?
It’s a brand new year, and I find that winter is a perfect time for organization since we are inside our homes more.
Which room is the messiest room in your home that seems to be the most cluttered for you? I would encourage you to tackle that room first even if it takes you all month. I am just focusing on these two places. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many projects, or you may give up. Just choose 1-2 places you want to let some love in this month, and focus on those.
Let Some Love In
Early this month, I will be tackling our messiest rooms of our home which has been reorganized multiple times, and that is our playroom and pantry! What areas are you letting love into this month?