Hello everyone, I’m going to do something a little different with this blog. I’m going to talk about what I’m doing with my life now, instead of how I found healing in the past.
I told my daughter a while back I was going to get rid of everything in the house I wasn’t using, so when the day came that I left this experience and passed on to a new one, she wouldn’t have much to do.
I called one of those outfits that haul your junk away. You’ve probably heard the ads on TV. 1-800-got-junk. You just point and they through it in their truck. WOW, what fun. My junk room in the lower level is almost empty. Time has passed, and I’m ready to do it again. The stuff that I kept hasn’t been touched in two years, so time to start pointing again.
This morning I got up and got rid of all my old Tupperware and Rubbermaid stuff. I mean really, I live alone; I only need a few leftover containers. As a matter of fact, I rarely have leftovers. I got rid of dishes and pots and pans I never use anymore. I opened the pantry, gee I don’t bake anymore, what do I need with a container of flour that’s been there, I’d say about five years. LOL. There was some brown sugar that was so hard it would take a hammer to break it up. Holy cow, this is embarrassing. I tossed things with expiration dates two years old and more. Now my cupboard is clean, and I will only buy those things that I know I will use.
I opened the utility closet in the laundry room and started clearing that of junk. I tossed bottles of stuff that hadn’t been used in years. I have a little toolbox that was full of stuff I would never use. I got rid of that stuff. Now it is a usable box for me. It only has one screwdriver of each type and size, two pairs of pliers, small and large, one hammer, a selection of wrenches, a level, and a few other misc items. It is very manageable now. I can just grab what I need, instead of digging through a lot of junk I don’t need.
I did the same thing in my clothes closet. I got rid of a ton of clothes I haven’t worn in like forever. If I hadn’t worn it in the last year, it’s gone. I’m not a shoe person, if they ware out, I toss them and get new, so I only have what I ware.
I went through the linen closet. What does a single person need with enough towels etc. for an army? I kept the best ones, and all the rest went. How many changes of sheets do I really need? Two should work just fine. Oh, my God, my sock drawer must have 200 pair of socks. Well, maybe not quite 200, but I got rid of a lot. After all, there are only seven days in a week.
Do you have any idea how freeing it is to do this? I keep walking around the house looking in cupboards and closets, just to see how great they look. Everything has lots of space now. I almost felt giddy when my house was finally cleared of junk. I felt like dancing through the house. I still have a little left in the junk room in the lower level. I never go down there, so I have to keep reminding myself to get that last little bit done.
When I learned to trust God, it freed me up to de-clutter my house because I know that I will always have what I need, when I need it. I don’t need to keep things, just in case, like I used to. I also found that the only things I need to accumulate are the things of the Spirit. Those things you can’t see. I try to keep my mind cleared of the clutter like thoughts of things I have no control over, thinking about the past, worrying about the future; I put those things out of my thought. They serve no good purpose. As I’ve mentioned in two other blogs, we are told in Philippians 4:8 what is best for us to think about.
“…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
When there is no clutter in my mind, when it is filled with love, the possibilities for joy and happiness are limitless. That same joy I felt when my house was de-cluttered, I feel when my mind is clear of junk, laughter comes easier, I’m not so serious all the time, and I kid around more.
I am happy; partly due to the mental de-clutter process, but now that I’ve de-cluttered my house the feeling is revitalizing. If you’ve never done this, try it, you owe it to yourself to be happy! Cleaning the junk out of your life is liberating. Just let go of it.