I subscribe to three non-work related blogs: The Art of Simple, Becoming Minimalist, and Slow Your Home. Are you picking up on a theme here? I’m also a fan of the popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
I have too much stuff. Stuff that when I bought it, I felt like I needed. Or, it’s things that have served their purpose and I’ve since set aside.
But as I’ve been reading these blogs and books, I’ve come to realize that I don’t own my stuff, my stuff owns me. It owns me in the space it takes up in drawers and on surfaces; in the amount of time I spend shuffling it around trying to make everything fit; in the way it clutters my thinking just like it clutters my house.
With the help of my virtual guides (and a lot of help from my husband!), I’m decluttering. Trash bag after trash bag has been donated or thrown out. Surfaces are reappearing. There’s space for the things I need and truly want to fit now. I even threw out a huge trash bag full from my office on Monday.
What’s the point of the decluttering and minimalist vibe? First, it’s a whole lot quicker to clean up if there’s a lot less stuff and everything has a place. Second, decluttered surfaces allow more space for me to think and breathe. Last, and most importantly, I’m trying to follow what Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-20:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
I’m not sure I’ve made it to storing up treasures in heaven yet, but hopefully that will come. For now, I’ll be content to continue ridding myself of moth and rust traps. I’ll continue to seek the balance between having what I need and the more important things I want, instead of going after all my pocketbook will afford. It’s a tough process to break myself of this habit. Until then, I’m keeping the trash bags handy.