02 Nov A Biblical Perspective of Decluttering
I’ve decided that my favorite hobby is decluttering. Every time I take a box of items out of my home, I feel a weight lifted off my mind. When I began the journey towards less, I was expecting to experience less stress, but what I wasn’t expecting was growing closer to the Lord with every box donated.
How does my faith fit into decluttering?
I want to start by saying that I’m not a minimalist by any means. There’s nothing wrong with that way of life, but I prefer a more “lived in” feel. My boys have plenty of toys and my closet has more than ten items. But I do believe agree with the idea that the more possessions you own, the more your possessions own you.
When you begin decluttering your life, you make room for the stuff that matters. It’s not about having the least amount of stuff possible, it’s about letting go of things that drag you down in order to truly enjoy the things you have.
Jesus said in Luke 12:15, “Take care, be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Jesus made a point to tell us that our lives aren’t made up by the things we have. He goes on to say in another part of the Bible that our treasures say a lot about our hearts.
The more treasure we store up here, the more of our heart is here. And I don’t know about you, but I want my whole heart to be where Jesus is.
Experiences over things.
My husband and I have made an effort the past few years to give our children experiences over things.
We’ve even asked our parents to do the same. And I have to say they’ve been AWESOME! Instead of buying my boys more toys, their grandparents give them passes to the local swimming pool, or an afternoon at the local speedway that lets kids drive on the track.
Those are memories that will never be decluttered.
Decluttering with intention leads to contentment.
Being rich isn’t a sin. But those who use their riches to only to get more stuff won’t find happiness. Actually, Paul says they’ll only find ruin and destruction.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 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. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”
I desire to be content with what God has given me, and I know you do too. When I decluttered all the toys in my boys’ room, I expected them to throw a fit and be upset.
What actually happened was, “Mom! Look! I finally found this book I really like! Will you read it to me?” They were able to better enjoy and appreciate the things they still had.
Letting go shifts our focus.
And Psalm 34:10 says, “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” If we’re constantly seeking out the next new car, prettier sofa, or more on trend outfit, we can forget to seek the One who provides for us.
When we take our focus off of things, we can shift that focus onto the Lord. We have time to enjoy the good things He’s already given us when we let go of all the stuff that hangs on to us and our time.
Get a jump start…
Do you want to get a jump start on your decluttering? Click HERE to get a free declutter checklist! It is listed by each room in the house and gives you a TO DO list to start to tackle!
There are two ways to declutter, and the one you choose depends on you:
A little at a time. Take 15 minutes a day and start going through your items. Set a timer and get to work!
Tackle it! Take an afternoon or weekend and tackle your home room by room. This works best if you have the time at home by yourself.
More Tips for Decluttering
- Only handle each item once. Flylady.net has some great tips on decluttering and one of my favorites is to only handle each item one time. They recommend having three boxes. One for throw away times, one for donating items, and one for items that need put away. They begin at one side of the door and work around the room. Once a donate box is full, put it in the trunk. Once the trash box is full, take it to the dumpster.
- Get it out of the house ASAP! Don’t leave boxes sitting by the door or in the garage. Trust me, they will find their way back into your house. In the very very least, put them out of sight, but I recommend getting them right in your trunk and hauling them away. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Turn some music on. Make this fun! You are creating a haven for your family. Less stuff = less stress. For everyone! Kids feel better when they’re not overwhelmed by toys. Your hubby feels better when there’s not so many clothes in your closet and he can actually find a shirt.
- Kids: you know your kiddos best. Maybe they need to spend an afternoon at grandma’s house and come home to a clean, organized, and simplified space. Maybe they want to be part of the process and choose the items that stay. My boys love the idea that some child without many toys will enjoy the toys they no longer want, so I usually keep them with me when I declutter.
Sometimes people feel that decluttering is wasting money. But try not to see it that way. Instead, realize that the waste actually happened when you purchased items that you don’t need.
If you don’t get rid of those items now, you’re only wasting time. Time spent picking stuff up and putting stuff away. Time spent maintaining and dusting your stuff. Remember, the more possessions you own, the more your possessions own you.
Start to fix that problem today by decluttering your home! It will change your life! Don’t believe me, then grab this checklist, pick ONE room and see for yourself!