I’m guessing you and I have something in common…that we want to get the most out of life. I want to have a fulfilling, God-honoring life. One BIG thing that seems to get in the way of living the life we want are all of our obligations. Obligations to care for our home and our family, obligations at work, obligations in other relationships, and even obligations at church. Life can be overwhelmingly busy at times, and it can steal our energy and our joy.
I would like to argue that if we would take the time to declutter our life (house, mind, and schedule), and maintain it, that we will be able to live a more meaningful life. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to look back on my life and see that it was full of cleaning and shopping and working instead of rich relationships and purposeful living. Unfortunately, we can’t remove all of our obligations, but we can choose which ones are not necessary and remove them for good. This will leave us with a more organized, simple lifestyle that will cause us less stress and more purpose.
To begin this journey, I want to look at our obligations to our house/possessions. If you are overwhelmed, like me, by the amount of cleaning and tidying up you need to do on a regular basis, it’s time to give a critical look at what you own. I know that this takes time, but I strongly believe that it will be worth it. I’ve decided to take small steps each day (or as often as I can) to begin going through each area of our house and deciding what needs to go or move to a better location. All of these small changes are going to add up to make a big difference.
If you are feeling motivated to begin decluttering your home so you can spend more time and money on what’s important to you, here are some general ideas to get you started:
- Remove anything from your home that doesn’t serve a purpose.
- If you come across something in your home that’s broken, throw it away or fix it ASAP.
- If you decide something in your home needs to go, take care of this right away by throwing it away or donating it. If you decide to sell it, take a picture and post it to your favorite selling website (Craigslist, eBay, Facebook) right away before you forget!
- Find a home for everything you decide to keep. Consider using a label maker, especially if you expect your family/roommates to put everything in its new proper place.
“Keep nothing in your homes that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” —William Morris
Alright! I hope you are ready to start making small changes to free yourself from having too much stuff! I’m going to be starting with my entryway for two reasons: (1) It’s the first thing people see when they walk into our house, and (2) It’s less overwhelming to me than the other areas. 🙂
Stay tuned for before and after pictures of my entryway as I begin to clear the clutter that tends to pile up there. The hardest part will be thinking of ways to maintain it!