My tolerance has ended. Over recent years, I’ve helped a couple of relatives clean out their clutter, always coming home mentally energized to declutter, but too physically exhausted to do it.
No more of that.
This week I twice had something on that I did not want to be seen in. I changed from it when I had to run out of the house. So if it is not good enough for friends or strangers, why is it I don’t want to look my best for the ones who love me the most? Yet every day I rummage through the shelves, and usually pick the same clothing anyway.
Enough of that. Think it’s time?
Today I bought some large zippered plastic containers, and bags. Here is the plan for tomorrow:
What brought all this on? Two things. One was all the scripture and parables I’ve read lately about not storing things up – that things (and time) are given in abundance so we can be good stewards and share with others in need (including not wasting so much of my time on stuff). Also as I was analyzing why my relatives kept so much, and so many odd things. I noticed three types of things
I am preparing them all for recycling. Seven to keep seems a good place to start. Others will go to a relative or friend who NEEDS them, or to bless someone else via the resale shop.
After the clothes, the plan is to scour a room at a time for other redundant objects taking up space and time to maintain or move around. Those kept will be 1-2 of a kind or 1 set. By the time I finish all the rooms, the basement and garage, I should be ready to hit the closet a second time.
Will you join me?
What are your trophies?
What do you have that you do not use or need that could bless someone else but won’t if you keep it hidden away?
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
1Tim. 6:18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
Delores, doing the same thing here. After reading and studying Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory’s book The Cure for the Perfect Life (I was part of their launch team) and cleaning out the last boxes of my parents from the garage drastic measures are being taken to rid myself of unnecessary items. It’s hard but I am even giving up Bible studies that I have done that are taking up space and I doubt I will ever go back and use them as references. Too much! Bravo to you!
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Sharon, So glad to hear that once again we are on the same path! Thanks for the encouraging comments 🙂
Great plan! I worked on my closet yesterday and let go of 7 summer tops our of 15! Thanks for inspiring me.
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Dottie, Thank you! It’s always great to know I’m not alone 🙂 I am done with my shoes and am finishing tops today. Next are the pants and the jackets. Resale shops and rummage sales (and thoughtful kids and friends shopping them for me) have resulted in far too many blessings to keep to myself. I’m particularly glad to think my closet clutter confession has inspired you to share your abundance!