We all thrive on goals. I've signed up for Joshua Becker's "Uncluttered" course to complete over the next 11 weeks. I'm so glad I did. Not only am I going to declutter my home, I'm learning as I go.
I did spring cleaning earlier this summer and realized it was time to update many areas of my home. I also need to dispense some items we gathered from my mother-in-law's home in 2018 after she passed away.
My husband and I are in the empty nest (though my son may return), so it's time for a new season.
I'm learning from others in the course. The first week has been a lot of prep--mostly mentally.
The women are sharing authentically. I'm learning I'm not alone in some of my thinking. I'm learning some have a bigger problem with clutter than I. Clutter and how we feel about it is as much an emotional issue as it is a possession issue.
Managing Life's Junk
Possessions become things we have to manage. It's part of life. Shoes get in the way and we trip over them. Other things break or wear out and we have to figure out how best to dispose of them. In the meantime, we are tempted to leave them in a corner.
Some in the group are grieving the loss of a spouse, a sister, a friend, or a pet. Depression has caused some to become unmotivated. Some are depressed because of their clutter. Some work so much their energy is spread too thin. Some have health issues and can't seem to find the energy to take care of things. Since women mostly manage the homes, it is mostly women in the group.
So much is involved--mentally, spiritually, and physically. Some has to do with family members' habits and a lot has to do with our own habits.
Once we de-clutter, most of us will need to learn habit change.
I'm gathering profound resolutions from other women. I've posted a couple above and here:
All in all, I am being transformed. I find myself using my spiritual gift of encouragement with others in our private Uncluttered Course Facebook Group. I'm trying to remain humble. As I purge my mother-in-law's items, I feel I'm honoring her. There is something spiritual about it. We are to be good stewards of what God has given us. I am also praying for wisdom of what to do with each item I need to dispense with.
A Pattern Revealed
Today on my Facebook memory wall were posts from previous years that had to do with organization. Maybe it's the time of year--like squirrels making a nest--I'm clearing my nest.
But the memory posts revealed something else. They revealed I have a passion for this kind of thing--decluttering and organizing. I really hope I can use this passion to help others in the days ahead.
Do you have new goals for yourself?