Learn Ways to De-Clutter and Add a Little Peace To Your Life
by Misha Palmer
Is your life in complete disarray? Perhaps you’re constantly finding yourself feeling agitated, confused and unable to make simple everyday decisions. If so, you are not alone. Many of us often find ourselves in sunken places of disharmony with piles of stuff –physically and mentally—just falling on top of us. We find ourselves so buried that we can’t seem to make headway in anyway. We become hoarders of things we think we love and can’t live without. We hold on to memories and memorabilia that no longer serve us, leaving zero-to-no space for what we need to thrive in this life. Well if you share in this sentiment, it’s time to take a long hard look in the mirror at ourselves and our surroundings. Yes, it’s time to de-clutter and get rid of the junk to make way for peace to reign.
Let’s explore how.
We have all been afforded the opportunity to have peace in our lives. (Isaiah 45:7) So there’s no reason we must live a life of chaos and clutter. After all, cleanliness is next to godliness. The first step to de-cluttering is to sit with our deepest most inner thoughts. This might be a good time to invest in a journal. Let’s dump everything in our mind out onto paper, releasing every worry and care. Also, whatever your short and long term goals are, your journal will be a great place to jot those down as well. Sometimes it helps to see things visually to be able to make sense of it all and be able to tackle them. Let’s get out thoughts organized.
Often times we think if we have the newest gadget, or can fill our closets with the latest trends we will feel good about life. And because of this, we find ourselves having to constantly chase these pseudo good feelings, not realizing just how much we are accumulating. It’s time to stop shopping folks. You don’t need another crock-pot to stuff in your kitchen cabinets or pair of jeans to add to the 50 you already own. None of this will give you clarity or bring peace into you life.
“Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21
After you have stopped shopping, take inventory of everything you have and think you need. Newsflash, you don’t need any of it. Now is the perfect time to donate to those less fortunate. How about clothing the homeless? There are plenty of individuals in need of clean clothing and shoes. Give someone else an opportunity to wear some of the name brand items you’ve been hoarding. You’re sure to feel lighter and much happier that you could be of help.
Don’t be afraid to let go. It’s ok to strip down to the bare necessities and focus on the things that are truly important. Even if that means letting go of friends you are no longer in line with mentally and spiritually. Life is about being happy and remaining at peace at all times. “A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.” Proverbs 15:16