I (heart) organizing. Is my house a picture of organization? Um, no. But one thing that I do value is ridding my life of clutter.
I used to have this organizing blog called “Organizing Life With Less.” It was great! Talk about helping me pare down to what I would call the more “minimal” way of living, due to the fact that I had to practice what I preached. It was years in the making and that whole journey sure taught me a lot.
But the one thing I kept coming back to when trying to live organized and trying to live simply was that life isn’t about the right organizational method. It’s about living with less. It’s about living with fewer items. It’s about living with less clutter.
Clutter really is the result of not knowing what we want. Of searching for something we do not have. Clutter fills this void in our life, that we are trying to fill and fill, and we keep failing and failing at doing so, so we keep filling it more and more, with STUFF.
All to find this “true” happiness in life.
I think this is one of THE biggest issues our world suffers from. This idea that the more stuff we have, the happier we will be, when really, the answer of what we need, isn’t one more “thing.” It’s one more Person.
I know some of you are just cringing right now, thinking “here we go…another preach-it, I need-more-Jesus” post. Welp, when it comes to clutter, I firmly believe this to be true.
Where do our thoughts drift off to in a day? Think about this:
Do you ever see a car drive down the road and think “oh, it’d be so nice to have that?” Do you ever see someone wear an outfit and think “oh, I need to have that to look like her?” Do you ever see someone’s lifestyle and feel you need to replicate it the exact same way?” Do you ever see what someone brought in their lunch and think I need to eat just like them to look like them? Do you ever go over to someone’s house and think I need this, this, and this, to make my house look good?
They are simple thoughts. But actions don’t happen on their own – they start with a thought. A thought that we act upon, thinking that if we only had this “one” more thing, we will be happy.
Look around your home. What do you own that you know you bought, it to fill this void in your life? What if the next time you wanted to buy something, you waited 24 hours? What if the next time you wanted to buy something, you thought about God in the next thought? Would that desire still be the same? Would you still want it? I don’t know the answer, just posing the question.
I LOVE clearance items. The dollar section at Target? DANGEROUS! That’s why I don’t even go! Can’t even tell you the last time I shopped in store there for that very reason! Our home just can’t stand to have any more clutter. It has enough. Could I pare down? Oh, ABSOLUTELY. Don’t think that I have a neat and perfectly manicured home with everything “just so.” NOT SO.
But what I do know, is that clutter can cause quite a fury in my house and in my heart. I want to daily make the choice to live with less so that I have more room for the things that matter in life. Things that aren’t even things. More room for THE Person who makes all the difference in my life.
How about you?