We have a very small house, with a huge lack of storage space. This can be a good thing, or it can be a bad thing. With all of us living in this small space, it can get a bit overwhelming to have too much stuff. There are certainly some things that we need to have. I need to get over my idea of having certain things because I just lack the space. I have asked God in the past to please bless us with a larger home. I have changed my prayer to asking him to change my heart to accept and be content with the home he has provided us, and to be happy with the things that I am able to have in my small house. It's really the family in the home that matters right? I don't want to be covetous of what others have. I really want my heart to be happy with the blessings that God has provided us. Perhaps until I tackle my pack rat ways, God will not see fit to bless me with more space, because I will fill it with junk. Also, I must render my heart and accept that we are and probably always will be "poor" monetary wise. Rather than be upset and depressed about it, I am going to make the most of what we have and stop being a baby about what I don't. In most other countries, we would be considered rich.
My sweet, hardworking, loving husband also has the pack rat gene, so between the both of us is a recipe for disaster. I must get this under control. As I do this, I will however take much respect and consideration for his stuff. I will ask before I get rid of things that may be important to him, or things that appear to be garbage but are not. Sometimes that little green wiry plug thing that is sitting on the dresser really isn't garbage, it's the ONLY piece that can connect the surround sound and they don't make it anymore. =( I really don't want him to feel that he can't have his own stuff in his own home. This is his castle after all, he works hard to finance it, he has a right to his stuff. I will lovingly guide him to part with some things. This man desperately needs a garage. And I really mean NEEDS. From now on I will strive to be faithful with the little I have and pray that maybe God will find it necessary to bless my hardworking man with the much needed garage space he is dreaming of.
This approach will be taken to all areas of clutter:
- Give away/donate - From now until July 29th all donation items will go to my Church for our annual Christmas in July Rummage Sale for our Missionaries taking place July 31st. All proceeds from the sale are given as a gift to the missionaries that our church supports.
- Throw away
I was reading a blog post by a wise Christian woman and she said: "Some of the messiest and dirtiest houses I have seen in the past were those of Christians, and I think that is a poor testimony to others and a lack of care for our own families."
I never want someone to think I don't care properly for the family that God has trusted me with.
Day 1: THE LITTLE GIRLS' ROOM - Closet
In order to keep from getting burnt out, I am going to take this slow and do a little bit each day, even if I feel motivated to do more. I will only focus on a small part each day. I'm certain the little girls room will take at least 2 to 3 days to complete. Today I focused on the closet and the dress-up box.
They do not have any of their clothes in their room, so it's mostly a huge toy mess. I moved all of their clothes to my room a couple months ago, hoping to cut down on the mess. I wasn't too successful. Although it did cut down on unnecessary laundry. I have not been very diligent in teaching them to be good stewards of their things, then of course look at their example (me) *sigh*.
I had two boxes filled with memory stuff from when they were babies. I still want to keep these things, but the boxes were full, and more things were piled on them.
Their dress-up box was full of ripped dress up stuff and things that no longer fit.
I switched the boxes: the memory stuff went into the big dress-up box, and the decluttered dress-up stuff went into one of the old memory boxes. The other box was empty and ready to be given away. It is extremely difficult to purge items from a child's room while the child is home. They keep taking the items back to their room. "I love that" "I need that".
Before: bottom of closet