There are two reasons to de-clutter
First, your environment influences your emotional and mental outlook. A cluttered environment can often lead to cluttered thinking or muddled emotions. Start the year with a fresh, clear outlook by getting rid of unwanted, unneeded things.
Second: when we turn our thoughts to the care and concern for others, we open ourselves to receiving moreabundantly from the Lord. Here’s an added bonus: When you donate your unwanted items to charity, you are helping others to live more abundantly and self-reliantly.
Find a method that works for you
There are lots of website offering advice and pointers on how to de-clutter. If this seems like a daunting goal, choose de-cluttering method that feels the most comfortable to you.
- You can start by just getting rid of these 25 things that clutter almost every home.
- You will find ten creative ideas to make de-cluttering simple and painless herer.
- You will find charts, printables and to help you organize at Organize My House. This is one of the most thorough, helpful sites I’ve seen on the topic.
- This site has a whole host of ideas, suggestions and daily (timely) tips on de-cluttering.
- For me, the simplest method is to choose the room that gives you the most problems with clutter. Divide everything in that room into one of three categories: Toss, Donate or Store. Store only those things that you are certain to use at least once a year. Toss anything that cannot be mended or repurposed. Donate the rest to charity.
See how much online help there is for de-cluttering? That tells me that this is a pervasive challenge that a lot of us are trying to deal with.
Include the children
Be sure to include your children in this month’s goal. When you help them de-clutter, you are also helping them be more organized and better stewards of their belongings. When you help them decide with clothes, toys or other belongings they would like to give away, you are teaching them generosity. Help them be active participants in this process. Have them help you clean the toys, launder the clothing and prepare everything to deliver to your chosen charity.
Start with this movie
I encourage you to start by watching the documentary Minimalism (available on Netflix). I am not necessarily advocating minimalism, but this is a good film to explore the ideas of the emotional, spiritual and social costs of having too much. I also encourage you to take the Affluenza Self Test.
This month, prepare your heart and mind to be more receptive to God’s abundance by clearing your environment of clutter and giving generously to others.