I’ve made a horrible mistake. I started cleaning my utility room out and it has morphed into “THE SPRING CLEANING TO END ALL SPRING CLEANINGS”! I don’t know what has happened but it has most definitely happened. Today I am at stress Def-Con level 10. There is so much stuff to deal with and I am determined to have a yard sale and just so I wouldn’t change my mind I ran three online ads for this Saturday (and yes that was definitely a run on sentence). I want to curl into a ball and hide but I can’t BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH STUFF EVERYWHERE THERE IS NO ROOM! If I smoked, I’d be lighting up right about now.
Me and stuff have a love/ hate relationship. For the last few years I have lamented that we don’t have enough storage space in our house. I wish I was making this next part up - I have a recurring dream that I discover all these closets that I somehow had never noticed before. Seriously. But based on the amount of items that I have managed to cram into the limited space that we have, I think it’s safe to say that if we had more space, I would just fill it up with more stuff.
Here’s the deal - the key isn’t a bigger closet. The key is my willingness to accept the closet that I have. When I’m spending too much time looking for things or managing my stuff or tripping over stuff something is wrong. And for most of us - something is really wrong. We have way more stuff than we need and we just keep buying more and more and more. There is always more to want and more to buy and more ways to organize all the stuff we never use. Have more stuff than your house can hold? No problem! Go rent a storage unit and pay someone else to hold on to the stuff that you haven’t looked at in a decade.
As I’ve been going through all my belongings I just keep asking myself this question:
Does my stuff enable me to fulfill my mission in life or is it adding to my stress? So far all I have left is my Bible, one plate, one fork, one cup and one outfit. Not really! But don’t think that thought hasn’t crossed my mind.
While I’ve been purging my physical home the Lord has been nudging me to purge my spiritual home as well. Yup - He’s been doing some spring cleaning of His own on my heart. What junk am I carrying around that I need to let go of? What treasures has Christ given me that I haven’t pulled out and used? I think my heart needed a purge way more than my home.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)