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07
De-Clutter in 2015
January 7, 2015

I’m sitting in front of my computer, and on the floor in front of me are 4 laundry baskets filled to the brim with clean, folded clothes.  Socks are in a bag waiting to get sorted and matched up.

Since the New Year has started, I’ve been roaming through the house trying to de-clutter the contents of it from top to bottom.  I want to start the New Year a little more organized!

When I sort I go into one room with three bags (or boxes). One bag for donating, one bag for keeping and one bag for discarding.   Then I start from the left side of the room and go around the whole perimeter.  This has been a very effective way for me to sort and conquer clutter quickly.

When I first started de-cluttering, years ago, I used to hate to part with things.  There was always a memory associated with the item I was getting rid of and it was very hard to let go.  Sometimes, I would find myself pulling it out of the donate bag and throwing into the keep one.  It defeated the purpose when the bag marked “keep” was overflowing.  I’d have to tear through it again and make a definitive choice to let it go.  Taking a picture of that precious item gave me freedom to do so.  The picture reminded me of the item, but it was not cluttering up my house.   Eventually, letting go of items became easier for me, and it’s something I do quite frequently throughout the year.

Perhaps, de-cluttering our minds is a good way to start the New Year off as well.  Oftentimes, I find myself going over things in my head a thousand times.  Some of those thoughts are damaging to my overall well-being.  Some thoughts cause feelings of bitterness, heartache, anger, frustration, feelings of inadequacy and disappointment.  If I linger on them for too long they can affect the way I react, or the way I behave.

Letting go of thoughts can be difficult.  It’s similar to me having to letting go of my precious items.  At first, I can’t let it go, then I release it, but grab it back and hang onto it a little longer.  What a relief it is for me when I surrender, and let the item go.  I still have the memory of the item, but it is no longer taking up precious space in my home or collecting dust.

Here are some ways that I find helpful in removing damaging thoughts from my mind.

  • Pray.  It is good to commune with the Lord and pour your heart out to Him.  He understands and is always available to listen to you.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7)

  • Write it down.  I have found this very effective.  When I write things down I release all sorts of congestion from my mind. When you write it down on paper you have two choices you can rip the paper up into small pieces and discard it, or you can take the paper outside and light a match to it.  You are, at that moment, releasing the thought completely from your mind.  If you are writing it on the computer, re-read it and then press the delete button.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

  • Get some exercise. When you exercise, you release “endorphins”, which give you an overall feeling of well-being and lighten your mood.  I like to call them my “happy hormones”!  While exercising, take time to count your blessings; look up and see the beauty in the sky and look around and see the beauty of nature.

…..whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Phil. 4:8)

  • Relax and take time out for yourself. Unwind with some soft music, read a good novel, put a puzzle together or watch a good heartwarming movie or have a nice long bath.

But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother;   like a weaned child I am content. (Psalm 131:2)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

~Let go and let God~

Happy De-cluttering!

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