Did you ever watch the show “Supermarket Sweep”, I loved that show. I was always certain if I got on their I would win, I knew for sure I could fill my cart up with more money worth of groceries than anyone else. Ha! Well that show didn’t make it, any who that is not the sweep I am talking about today.
We always like to look back at where we have been and look forward to things to come, like this time last week we were…or next weekend we have _____ to look forward to. It is something that we all enjoy doing. It is fun! Like for example, this time 11 years ago I was opening a gift shop. That is a fun memory, an expensive one, but a fun one.
So, all that to say, this time last year we began a journey. We are still on it and we are learning so much I really can’t even put it all into words. I will some day, but for now, we are still hiking along as cheerful as can be. This time last year we were prepping to move out of our house, since we were unsure of where we were going we didn’t know what to keep and what to get rid of. So, we kept the bare essentials; beds, clothes, a table or two, and keepsakes. And of course tools, where would we be without a storage shed full of tools. (I do love you Allen, 😉 )
Since we began our life together I had been collecting and keeping everything, at least it seemed that way. All of it was just stuff, I had the room to store it therefore I had been bringing it in. Everyone needs 4 Christmas trees right, and the awkward thing was that we had been getting a real one for the last 2 years. When we were packing up, I found a box in our attic that hadn’t been unpacked since we had left Lexington 12 years earlier. So, the clearing out began, I de-cluttered everything, if I didn’t want to pay to store it for a year then I got rid of it. In the end, I had 4 huge rooms full of stuff that I no longer needed. It was overwhelming, prior to packing everyone that came in my house said “Oh my gosh, what are you going to do with all of your stuff?” While that was a good question, it was easy to do. If I didn’t need it to survive, I got rid of it. I can now honestly say looking back, that I haven’t missed one thing!
Stuff does not bring happiness, it is a filler. So, as I was reflecting this big move today I realized that it’s not always our homes that need to be de-cluttered but sometimes our lives need it to. If there are things in our lives that are simply taking up space but they are not useful then why are they there? I am trying to figure this out for myself, and how that actually looks. I know there are some great things in my life and over the last year I have been de-cluttering my life as I did my house. I got rid of all of the activities that took us away from being a family. We eliminated things that robbed us of our time and energy. We still function in society, just on a different scale than the norm and you know what, it feels great!! We rule our lives, we don’t let it be dictated by what we are supposed to be doing, we let it be ruled by what we want to do and most importantly how God wants it to be ruled.
We stopped chasing after the norm and started created our own norm, while it was difficult at first because there was no comparison. Now, that is the beauty of it. It doesn’t mirror anyone else’s, I pray our lives are mirroring Jesus’ and that His example is what they are looking like more everyday.
It’s easy to start piling up clutter again, I have done it in our current situation, we moved into a tiny space where everything had a home, so all of the extra stuff is starting to billow out everywhere. All of the things we have acquired over the last year are taking over, so its time to clean house again. It happened before I even realized it, I just looked around one day to see that stuff was piling up again. Just like with our lives, if we don’t watch it we can start to get overwhelmed with the weight of the world. We have to be on guard and not let things rob us of the joys we have right in front of us. It is a daily responsibility to stay on top of, because if not all of a sudden we realize that things have gotten out of our control. Take control of your life and your family, they are a precious gift. It is our responsibility to ensure that we take the time necessary to build a chaotic free life and we breath in the small things that really do mean the most in the grand scheme of things. Keep the clutter out!
Take one day at a time, don’t get too caught up. Discover what you really need and what you don’t. If you don’t then who will?
Where we are today compared to this time last year is a 180* switcheroo, we can not get caught up in trying to figure everything out. We take it one day at a time, letting God be the author of our story. So, that is a good starting place, let God be the author of your story and whatever is standing in the way of that being a reality would be a good place to begin de-cluttering.
You got this!!