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MORE vs less: God’s Point-of-View on Clutter

Day 29 – Ouch! His viewpoint is different than mine.

Clutter is a crowded or confused mass or collection. Americans love to hoard their clutter. In 2012, the average American [was] hoarding 23 items in their home that they [had] absolutely no use for, according to results.” ~ (Sam Paul).

Decluttering is an ongoing pursuit and many of us have it on our to-do lists and New Year’s resolutions. However, like many lists and resolutions, these items are abandoned before we see real change.

That described me, too. But this past year I have been purposeful and mindful of my actions, possessions, and thoughts. Lately, I’ve been contemplating what God has to say about decluttering.

A well-known maxim about treasures is that they are to be in Heaven, not earth. And the fact that I’ve had a hard time parting with a lot of my things shows that I have considered my things treasures. I used my money to maintain, store, and buy more of them.

God says to keep my treasures in Heaven. These treasures will not be susceptible to rust, breakage, or thievery. Heavenly treasures bring freedom and blessing.

I clutched at my treasures due to fear and worry that I might need them later today or at most very soon.

I stockpiled extra frivolities like glue guns, teapots, art supplies, blankets, etc.

God says to not worry about what I’ll need tomorrow. Concentrate on my today. Many times I can borrow what is needed. Or I can go to the thrift store and buy the item (most likely a frivolity) inexpensively. And God says He will provide for my NEEDS for today.

Sometimes I feel bound to my things. It is almost like I am in love with my possessions. So I cannot get rid of them. That would be the height of unfaithfulness.

Isn’t that silly and wrong-spirited? God says I am to love people. Another like minded maxim says we are to love people and use things; not use people and love things.

A noble way for me to love people is to use more of my income on things people need: clean water, clothing, food, shelter, etc.

I don’t believe God is asking me to live a bare bones lifestyle. I do believe He wants me to be more mindful of HOW I spend my money and to share more of it. And so do I.

Day 29 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Finished my closet.

Your Turn . . . What would you add to this post?

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MORE vs less: How Two Experiences Impacted My Decluttering Journey

Day 28 – Wise words or experiences, how do you best learn?

I asked a group of friends if decluttering is on their to-do list. Without exception, it is. I then asked, is it also on your ongoing to-do list? Most admitted that it wasn’t.

It has been on mine for decades. This year some things happened that made me serious about achieving weekly decluttering goals.

In fact, two experiences reshaped my worldview regarding possessions. The first experience was a trip to Mexicali with 18 people from my church. We fed and prayed for the homeless. We bought groceries for two orphanages. We held VBS and a women’s conference. Lastly, we upgraded the base camp (painting, staining, building a cabin, etc.).

I am sure we made a difference in many lives. I am positive they made a big difference in mine. The foster parents of each orphanage sacrificed to care for the children. In the smaller home, the “parents” foster five children in addition to their two biological children. Twice a week the father sells his plasma for $25 (each time) to ensure a steady income. Ten people live in a one bath, two bedroom home with a kitchen the size you’d find on a small yacht. There is no excess in their home. There is no room for it, or money to buy it.

When I returned and really looked at my home, I was troubled by my surplus. I didn’t have just a little; I had a LOT. I felt embarrassed enough to declutter within a week of returning. Five hours and three trips to Goodwill eliminated my catchall area. It was not wrong to have more than I need. But did I really NEED that many books, craft supplies, clothes, and dishes? It felt criminal to have this surplus, especially since I’ve hardly used these items in the past years.

The second experience is secondhand. While we were in Mexicali, a friend’s home back in Sacramento burned down. Within an hour, most of her belongings were incinerated. All the people made it out alive, but their pets perished. My friend has a new outlook. Things are not essential in life. Living beings are.

I want to have a comfy, streamlined home that is not overstuffed with things. I want to use the money I would use on stuff to help the lives of those around me. I want to use the time I would spend to maintain my things in the lives of others.

I am grateful for these two experiences. They have spurred me on in my decluttering work. I want to use my time and money wisely. And the experiences reinforced the idea that people not things occupy a primary place in my affections.

The following verse is one I’ve been thinking about.Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15  NIV

Your Turn . . . Do you learn mostly from your own experience or from other’s experiences? . . . Has your view of your possessions changed at all because of this post? Why or why not?

Day 28 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I streamlined the items in half of my closet. Now I just need to figure out what to do with all the tee shirts I get from my monthly 5K Fun Walks. (I don’t run.)

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MORE vs less: Would You be Okay With Living in a Storage Unit?

Day 27 – Living in a storage unit is awkward and not very homey.

For too many of us, that is exactly where we live, a storage unit.

Granted most of us are not hoarders that have to navigate floor-to-ceiling stacks of boxes and piles.

But many of us do have too much stuff in our garages, cars/trunks, closets, drawers, and storage units off site.

So much so, that we don’t like it when folks come over unannounced. We think, “Don’t you dare open any cupboard, doors, or drawers.” We don’t want anyone to see our stuffed, haphazard, messy collection of items.

If this describes you, you might be living in a storage space. How does that make you feel?

I know that describes some, many, okay ALL of my drawers, shelves, and closets (before I started this 31 day cleanse). And add the fact that I hardly used my piled possessions. I don’t like how I feel: ashamed, wasteful, lazy, and a bad steward.

But isn’t it great that I have today to declutter. I have today to start making different choices. And so do you. Then we can claim that our homes are spaces to live and not mountains of guilt, fear and STUFF.

“Your home is living space not storage space,” Francine Jay.

Your Turn . . . Look through this series of posts (here), to determine which idea you’ll first implement. . . .  These posts will help you learn How to Think Clutter-Free. . . .  Decluttering is not a linear journey. . . .Nor is there a perfect moment to begin. . . . Just get started and you’ll see your motivation rise and carry you through to completion. 

Day 27 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I spent 31 minutes in my pantry and refrigerator. I am already to go shopping because there is plenty of space.

I know that I zigzag in my decluttering. Some people might go crazy with such a schedule. But I like the flexibility and it works for me. I hope you find a schedule that works for you.

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MORE vs less: Using Clutter Goggles to See What’s Really There

Day 26 – I would use my clutter goggles, if I knew WHERE they were,

Colorblindness and clutter-blindness have a similar characteristic. In colorblindness. a person cannot clearly distinguish different colors of the spectrum.

In clutter-blindness. a person cannot clearly distinguish clutter from non-clutter. A clutter-blind person does not notice the piles of stuff mixed in with the useful stuff. While folks around them are disturbed by this mess, the clutter-blind person is not. And in many cases is comforted by having their stuff out and available.

Colorblindness has no cure. However, clutter-blindness does. It is a simple trick. Wear Clutter Goggles.

This is a habit you cultivate that helps you see what is out-of-place. Each time you leave a room, put on your (imaginary) clutter goggles. Purposefully look at the space and observe the piles on all the surfaces. Notice what’s out of place. Now take a few minutes (set the timer) to tackle at least one thing.

  • Collect all the pens/pencils and put them into one container.
  • Hang up your clothes or put them in the hamper.
  • Move the thrift store box out to your car.
  • Re shelve books.
  • Stack dishes in the dishwasher.
  • Throw away trash.

I learned the idea of clutter goggles from Lorie Marrero. She suggests putting them on so we can see the cluttered area for what it really is – a disorganized, overflowing shelf, drawer, table, closet, trunk, etc.

The clutter goggles I spoke about are imaginary. But there are “goggles” that you can put on in order to see what’s really there.  Denise Drake, a friend and fellow declutterer, has an idea that she uses. She uses a camera as if they were goggles.

Denise takes a photo of the area to be decluttered. By doing this, she can have an objective look. The disorganization and excess really stand out. She also takes a photo when done. These before and after pictures not only bring great satisfaction at a job well done, it shows the difference in a way that cannot be missed.

Wear them  in only one room. You could even decide to wear clutter goggles (or take a photo) all day in only one room. By the end of the day, you’ll have sorted out many of the out-of-place items.

As we make this an ongoing habit, our spaces will be freed from clutter. Won’t that feel good?

Day 26 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Storage closet is done!

Your Turn . . .  Have you ever used a camera as clutter glasses? . . . Do you think this tip would work for you? . . . What else could we use to replace imaginary clutter googles?

Related Resources . . . 

  • 3 Tips on Clutter Blindness [A Messy Minimalist Video] 1. Purposefully look and stare at every item in a room. Assess the problem areas.  Accept how bad your clutter is. … 2. Invite a detail-oriented, clean-freak friend over to assess the same room. Accept her findings. …. 3. Frequently check out your known problem areas in all parts of your home. I.e. Surfaces, corner of the room, floor.
  • How to Think Clutter-Free by FruitfulWords

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MORE vs less: There is No Perfect Moment to Begin

Day 25 – There is no perfect moment to begin. Sometimes you have to “trick” yourself into starting.

Sometimes I feel motivated to declutter and lots of times I don’t. And when I don’t, I seem to be waiting for SOMETHING to push me into the right set of circumstances that will get me to WANT to get to work.

But I am learning that there is no perfect moment to begin.

I just could not get into the decluttering mood tonight. I came home and had a little nap. And woke up feeling I was just going to forget tonight’s 31 minutes. Oh, yes, I was.

Then I thought, “Just see what’s on the closet floor. Maybe you can put a few more things in the recycling pile.”

Well more than an hour later I had sorted everything on my side of the closet. I would still like to declutter more, but I am very HAPPY with tonight’s session.

There was no perfect moment to begin.

  • The clutter fairy didn’t sprinkle motivation dust on my head.
  • After my nap, I still didn’t feel like working.
  • Every time I checked the closet, it was still messy.
  • No one was going to do this for me.
  • My circumstances didn’t change.

But I did change my thoughts. I prodded myself with the sentence, “Just see what’s on the floor.”

Once I put all the stuff on my bed*, I KNEW I could do some decluttering. In fact, it was kind of fun seeing what was there. And it was fun seeing what I could get OUT of the closet.

*I put the stuff on my bed because bending over a lot hurts my back. And getting up and down from the floor is hard on my body, too.

Day 25 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I worked in my closet about 90 minutes. I am not done in there but it sure looks pretty good. I am encouraged by the work I did. I stopped because I want to do my laundry and see if I can donate any more clothes.

Your Turn . . . How is your closet? . . . How do you get yourself into a decluttering mode when you are not in one?

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MORE vs Less: Decluttering Doesn’t Have To Be Linear; You Can Zigzag

Day 23 – I am a zigzag declutterer. I am okay with that.

I am a decluttering rebel.

The decluttering books I’ve read say to do one room or area at a time. And once you are done, THEN move on to a different area. That doesn’t work for me. I lose all motivation if I stay in the same area too long.

So far in this 23 day journey, I have not worked more than 2 days in a row in the same area. And yet I am seeing places decluttered.

So I say, know what motivates you. Set YOUR rules up in advance.

My rules . . .

  • Set the timer for 31 minutes. When it goes off, I stop. Although a few times I have worked longer.
  • I don’t have a set plan for what gets decluttered when. Well, I did plan to declutter my porch last week because it was supposed to rain. It DID rain and I DID declutter in time.

I have been all over the place from bathroom to art supplies to porch to digital clutter and so on. I don’t see huge improvement – yet. And I probably would’ve seen more improvement if I stayed in one room and finished that one room.

  • But I am still motivated every day – yes every day.
  • I am getting stuff moved OUT of my house.
  • I own LESS that when I started on October 1st.
  • I am sensing a change in the relationship between me and my stuff. I am feeling less connection to things; the “my” in “my stuff” is weaker. Does that make sense?
  • My decluttering plan does not have to be linear, going from one completed area to another, in order for me to be successful.

Your Turn . . .  What are your rules? . . . Are you a linear or zigzag declutterer?

Day 23 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = One container of miscellanies stuff – mainly paper memories from my 4th/5th grade. I don’t need to keep report cards and pictures/cards I made for my mom. It is sweet that she kept these items, but in the trash they went. I am feeling fatigued because of going through all these paper memories. Does that happen to you, too?

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MORE vs less: Grateful 4 3 Reasons about Decluttering

Day 24 – How does being grateful impact your decluttering?

I have been on a dedicated decluttering journey for 24 days now. It’s long enough to see how decluttering is impacting my life. In fact I am grateful 4 3 things about decluttering.

ONE. Living a decluttered life shows me I have enough for today. I can see why the Bible says to live for today. When I keep (lots of extra) things for “just in case,” I am living in fear or guilt.

  • Fearful that if I don’t save this, I will need it and not be able to get it when I need/want it.
  • Guilt because I paid good money for it and I HAVE to use it up or else I wasted money.

I can peacefully live in the now with the knowledge that I have enough for today.

TWO. Living a decluttered life helps me become pickier with what’s in my space. And as I become more and more decluttered, I am becoming more and more “in like” with the things I do have. I am narrowing down my possessions to what’s most useful, needed, and beautiful.

THREE. As I become more and more decluttered, it is more about de-owning than decluttering. Possessions no longer own me like they used to. Things go back to being things that have a use instead of being something that fills a void or communicates a burdensome memory-emotion.

Your Turn . . . Why are you grateful 4 your decluttering journey?

Day 24 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = One tub of stuff – miscellaneous papers and office supplies. I love office supplies! In this post I wrote 3 Reasons I Am Grateful For Office Supplies. But there are only so many staples, notebooks, dice (???), post-it notes, binder & paper clips a gal can use in one lifetime. It is now all DECLUTTERED.

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MORE vs less: Know Your Decluttering Purpose

Day 22 – Where are you going with your declutter mission? In other words, WHY are you doing this?

When you identify why you want to let go of your stuff, it’s more likely that you will protect your decluttered space. When you approach decluttering with the purpose of creating a calmer space, less stressful work-week, or a healthier, happier life, you won’t be easily derailed by the allure of more stuff. ~ By 

 

One of the things I love about my cell phone is that it has access to GPS. Since I am direction challenged, having this tool is a necessity. When you use GPS, Siri periodically gives course directions and reroutes. But in order to do this, she has to know where you are going.

This is true for us as well as we are on our decluttering journey. Where are you going?; or in other words, what is your why? What do you hope to gain by decluttering your space? Knowing this answer will help when the decluttering gets hard. And it will get hard.

Are you decluttering so that you can . . . 

  • Find your library books?
  • Have company over without advance notice?
  • Park your car in the garage?
  • Be worry free if someone opens the door to your closets?

Those are great side benefits of decluttering. But are they a strong enough motivator or purpose to decluter? I don’t think so.

When I started really getting serious about putting my house in order, it was because I was fed up with the disorder. But more than that, I was tired of the disorder standing in the way of everything I wanted for my life. I was determined to create the environment I wanted for my family and the ambiance I needed in order to focus my attention on what mattered to me.

I was tired of shuffling clutter from one room to the next. I was tired of organizing and reorganizing stuff. I was tired of wasting time on stuff. I had a bigger vision for my life. Honestly clutter felt like a ball-and-chain around my ankle. I wanted to make more room for worthwhile things that are intangible, not just more stuff I had to manage. ~ Melissa Michaels, Make Room For What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying

To determine your purpose, answer the following questions . . .

  • What kind of environment do you want at home? What emotions do you want to experience at home?
  • What matters most to you for your home?
  • What is clutter preventing you from doing in your life? In your home?
  • What worthwhile, intangible things do you want to pursue in your life? In your home?

“The endgame is how this new way [of decluttered] living makes you feel, how it allows you to operate, and what it inspires you to do next.” ~ Fay Wolf, New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (and everyone else)

Your Turn . . . What is your purpose for decluttering? As you answered the above questions, were any of your answers a surprise?

Day 22 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Back in my work office. Man, oh, man, do the papers ever PILE up.

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MORE vs less: Dealing With “I Might Need It Some Day”

Day 21 – It happened again this past week. I recently (like in this month) got rid of something, And I needed the exact thing this week. Luckily I found another item that was similar which was good enough.

How do you deal with the stronghold of “I might need it someday, so I can’t part with it today”?

This is a hard one for me. And many times, I’ve gotten rid of something to need it within the week.

Has that ever happened to you?

Hazel Thornton is a professional organizer and time management consultant. She also has a helpful blog. She helps her clients by having them answer 4 questions about their clutter.

  1. What are the realistic chances that I will need this someday?  (If you don’t know, just take a guess. 20% is a fairly low probability. 80% is getting closer to certainty.)
  2. What is the replacement cost of that item? (Consider the time involved, the financial cost, and the energy required. Do not use numbers, just use your gut.)
  3. How much space would be recovered if you were to let it go? (If the item is tiny, the incentive to let it go is reduced. We want the biggest bang for our decluttering buck!)
  4. What is the worst thing that might happen if I needed this someday and no longer had it?

I (usually) have a logical approach to life, but holding onto my stuff defies logic. Answering these questions help take the emotional attachment and illogical thinking out of the equation. These questions help me get back to logical thinking.

Your Turn . . . Do you hold onto clutter because you might need it someday? How do you get yourself to let it go?

Day 15 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Decluttered in the porch closet.

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MORE vs less: Use a Declutter To-Do List

Day 20 – Write a specific declutter to-do list.

I have a friend who is a decluttering master. She shared a tip that WORKS for her.

Write down a decluttering to-do list for each area. And make the list specific.

  • Don’t write. “Clean off table.”
  • Do write, “Step One for cleaning off dining room table  … Pile all papers together … Put all go-backs to other rooms in one pile … Throw away trash … Put wearables in one pile …

You get the idea, be specific. And by being specific you can declutter according to each to-do and not feel pressured to DO the WHOLE table in one time frame. You can do the decluttering according to the time and energy you have available.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever used a specific decluttering to-do list? I never have and will try it with a spot where I can see all the stuff. In my closet I am just taking out one box at a time.

Day 20 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Started cleaning out the closet on my porch. It has a mix-match of items out there: Christmas, art supplies, fall decorations, etc. I will need several more days of decluttering time to get this spot organized.

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MORE vs less: Books About Decluttering

Day 20 – There are a TON of books on this topic.

 Do you use books when you want to learn something new? I always do. And if they are available, I read books written for children first (on the topic I want to explore). However, on this topic of clutter, there are no children’s books. Hmmm, now that is an idea.
There are at least 2 dozen books at the library. I will not look at all of them during this challenge. But I will list the books that interested me or that I will read.

 

  1. The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life by Lorie Marrero.  Marrero also has YouTube videos. Check them out.
  2. Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down by Peter Walsh
  3. Clutter Control:Putting Your Home on a Diet by Jeff Campbell
  4. Cut the Clutter By Cynthia Townley Ewer
  5. House as a mirror of self : exploring the deeper meaning of home by Clare Cooper Marcus
  6. Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying by Melissa Michaels
  7. Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act by Barry Yourgrau
  8. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
    by Joshua Becker
  9. New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (and everyone else) by Fay Wolf

Day 20 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Back in the office today. I got rid of two Desktop Document Letter Tray Organizers that were FULL of papers – papers that I thought I’d need some day. Well in the 5 years they have been there, I’ve only needed one file. 

Your Turn . . . Do you have precious piles of paper that you can sort through and purge?! . . . Do you have a book on decluttering that you can suggest? Or can you share a tip from such a book? 

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MORE vs less: Learning from “Coming Clean: A Memoir” 

Day 17 – Have is clutter impacting you?

Kimberley Rae Miller grew up in the home of hoarders. Rodents, bugs, broken water pipes, mildew, and holes in the floor lurked beneath massive, ever-growing stacks. Whole rooms were unusable, and the house structure was unsound. I learned about her plight from the audio book Coming Clean: A Memoir written by Kimberly.

It is evident that Kimberley and her parents were impacted by clutter. But you don’t have to be a hoarder or live with a hoarder to be distressed by clutter. Living in a home overflowing with stuff comes at a cost. This is true even if that stuff is expensive, useful, and memorable. Friends have shared some of their costs.

  • Cannot find what they are looking for.
  • Financial waste because of buying identical items.
  • Don’t enjoy guests because the cleanup is exhausting.
  • Prohibit spontaneous visits.
  • Depression.
  • Can’t live in parts of the home or use some of the furniture.

At the very least, too much stuff negatively impacts mental health, motivation, finances, and relationships. Although I am not a hoarder, I was subject to the above costs. And my daughter was subjected to the same costs, even though it wasn’t her clutter.

After I listened to the audio book, Coming Clean, I surveyed my environment. There was a jumble of items on each surface. Containers, drawers, and closets were full of things I didn’t use and didn’t have room for.

Kimberley’s story opened my eyes to what I was doing to myself, my environment, and my relationships, especially with my daughter. This book helped open my eyes.

I am no longer in denial or blind to the evidence of excess and disorganization. Instead of going on a thrift shop binge for more treasures, I went on a sorting binge for more space. Three months later, anyone can come over at any time, and I will open the door. (As a side note, I still have more to declutter, but clutter no longer plagues me.)

Your Turn . . . Do you have clutter? . . . . Is it affecting you, your environment, or your relationships? . . . . What one step will you take today to combat the chaos? . . . . I recommend that you read Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller and other posts in this series, MORE vs less.

Day 17 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering  – 31 minutes in my storage closet is making a slow but steady difference.

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