After an inspiring sermon about greed this week in church, I am getting started on some spring cleaning around here.
I know that "stuff" really can get in the way.
Consumerism, marketing and advertisements lead us to believe that we need and are entitled to all the "stuff" we accumulate and in the end, it kind of just bogs us down.
Lately, Christian and I have felt as if the walls of our little house are closing in on us.
Some of our complaints are legitimate.
We long for a dining space, more seating and a better place to put the litter box.
However, I have to wonder if our house would feel a little bigger if we didn't have so much stuff.
What if our closets, cabinets and drawers weren't overflowing?
What if we only kept the things that we really use, getting rid of the stuff which is weighing us down, filling our house and simply distracting us?
Christian and I may not be rich compared to many of our friends, family members or neighbors, but compared to most people in the world, we are part of a very small minority who do not worry about where our next meal will come from.
I need not forget that.
I am abundantly blessed and I want to be generous with what I have been given.
There are people who desperately need many of the things in my very own house which I rarely use.
It's time for me to stop holding on to the things that only clutter my living space because "maybe I'll use them some day" and willingly donate them to those who will use them now.
These big ideas are very overwhelming to me but as I promised when I started this challenge, I want to slowly throw off the things that hinder me and move toward living a more conscience life.
Part of that is being conscience of the things I buy and own.
Of course, the key word is slowly.
The last thing I need is another huge project or a brand new to do list.
I don't exactly have a ton of extra time on my hands right now.
This challenge is all about baby steps.
For the next several weeks, I am going to pick JUST ONE small space in my house to clean out and pare down.
I can handle one small project a week if it will help to reduce my stress long term.
I already got started on this week's space:
It's been a while since the last time I cleaned my closet, (and every other space in my house).
It was summer then, I was pregnant and had superhuman energy.
That was an awesome time.
In that post, I talked about these same desires to stop over-valuing or holding on too tightly to replaceable things.
It feels so good to clean out a closet.
I always promise myself that I will never let it get out of hand again.
This last time, I did really well for a long while.
It lasted many months.
But sometime after I went back to work, this happened:
What can I say?
I am tired and always running late.
More than once I dug through trying to find something in a hurry and made a mess, then I got lazy and never really cleaned it up.
This is the embarrassing result.
Part of the problem is that I simply have too much stuff on those little shelves.
So, a couple days ago, I made three bags.
To fix: (a couple of my favorite sweaters are missing buttons)
To sell: (no shame in bringing a few barely worn items to a local consignment shop.)
To donate: (Goodwill is the old standby but sometimes I wonder if there is an even better place to bring my clothes. Suggestions?)
It took me (in all of my indecisiveness) about 45 minutes with a fussy baby strapped to my chest for part of the time to go through my closet, pare down and re-fold.
I may be a scarf hoarder.
I'm going to let my sub conscience keep working on me for a few more days before I actually call this a final product but it is a start.
Which space to choose next?
Which space to choose next?