The D Word

The “D” word seems to be all the rage lately. I see groups about it on Facebook where you can sign up for accountability and support. I’ve actually signed up for some of them myself. There are also books written about it. I’ve been trying to apply all the different techniques, but none of it’s really working for me. You know the word I’m talking about, right? Decluttering!

I’ve been trying to declutter and minimize for at least a year, but it just isn’t working.

I realize that I have six major problems:

  • Other People! With the best of intentions, other people (mainly family) bring in loads and loads of stuff every time they visit. On one hand, I really appreciate their kindness, but on the other hand, I’m totally overwhelmed by it and feel guilty when getting rid of it.
  • The “high” I get from shopping. You know how they say that shopping is therapy? That’s exactly what it feels like for me. Most of the time I end up buying things for my kids because seeing their happy faces is what brings me the most joy. I get all these warm and fuzzy feelings when I bring stuff home to them. But again, I also feel totally overwhelmed when I take a step back and realize how much stuff they have.
  • Figuring out how to get rid of stuff. It’s SO hard to let go of stuff for free, when you think about the money that you spent on it. However, this is definitely not the mindset that Jesus wants us to have. He wants us to be a blessing to others and to do it cheerfully.
  • Figuring out WHAT to get rid of. This one is especially hard for me because I’m a very sentimental person. I always think ahead to the future and wonder if I would regret getting rid of something after my loved one’s life has ended. I’m too emotionally attached to so many things because I think about the memories created with that object, or the person who gave it to me.
  • My children! This is definitely my biggest problem. I love them so much and buying things for them brings so much joy. But as I step back and take a look at the overflow in our home, perhaps I’m doing them a disservice and maybe even stalling their own creativity.
  • Accountability…or lack thereof. Well, now that I’m sharing this with the world, I will consider YOU as my accountability partner. Please join me in this journey so we can do this together!

Today I invite you to come along on this journey with me. I’m going to be very open and honest with you and share things that are just down right embarrassing in my home. My hopes is that you will walk away encouraged. If I can conquer the mess, anyone can!

Here’s a peak into my current situation. I’ll share specifics about these photos as our decluttering process continues.

Please be kind! This is extremely hard for me to share. A lot of this is in the basement, but still. I know we have way too much stuff. Hence, this post. 🙂

Here are some truths that I’m finding in God’s Word. With His help, anything is possible.

First we need to get our minds in order. If we don’t do that, we’ll aimlessly be going through the motions without guidance from God. Focus on these truths to help prepare your heart for the process of decluttering.

  • Proverbs 14:29 “He who is impulsive exalts folly.”
  • Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
  • Proverbs 15:16 “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.”

Here’s the verse that really convicted me:

1 Timothy 6:6-8 “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”

Wow! We are to be content with just food and clothing. I’m overwhelmed with joy when I think about all that God has blessed us with. But what good is a lot of it when it’s just sitting on a shelf, seldom being used?

Stay tuned to see the transformation taking place in our home. I hope that our journey will be an inspiration to you.

Be blessed my friends!

 

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