Purging stuff from our homes and lives, de-cluttering our spaces and minds, all of that is fine and good. But it’s BEST if we’re doing it with a purpose. I want to make sure that I’m clear from the get-go that there’s method and meaning to my madness.
Most of the time anyway.
I also want to thank you guys for being so darn enthusiastic about getting rid of stuff. You inspire and encourage me and motivate me to be all God wants me to be. Hugs!
Maybe I should start with 5 NOT-Whys of Purging:
1. I feel guilty that I have so much stuff while others go without.
2. I like to play the martyr.
3. I secretly want to be Amish. Or homeless.
4. I think God wants me to be miserable.
5. I want to drive my husband completely bonkers.
10 Reasons for Purging the Unnecessary From My Home and Life
1. The more I get, the more I want, and the more unhappy I am with what I have.
2. When I have less, I love each thing more (crazy but completely true).
3. Uncluttered spaces (counters, closets, shelves) make me grin like a clown.
4. I am indecisive and easily overwhelmed. The less choices I have, the less panic attacks.
5. The happiest people I know have less stuff than me (and I know the Secret to their joy!).
6. I have more time and space to do the things I love most.
7. No matter how much I try to out-give God, he won’t let me.
8. God’s best gifts aren’t things.
9. Material stuff is losing its hold on me, and it feels good.
10. I feel so unencumbered, so light-hearted, so FREE.
11. When I live more simply, others can simply live.
12. I don’t want there to be a glaring gap between what I own and what my poorer friends own.
13. I’m finding joy in Jesus that I used to look for in my stuff.
14. I want to store up treasures in heaven not down here.
Oops! Sorry! I couldn’t stop. I just wanna keep listing things all night long. It’s so tempting to cram everything that’s in my mind and heart into one blog post, but I keep reminding myself I have an entire month. Woohoo!
Your mission (should you choose to accept it): look around your house and find FIVE ITEMS you can get rid of. And I’m not talking about pieces of trash or old newspapers. Five things you’ve had around for a long while and you just don’t need/want any more. They’re not useful, not beautiful, and they’re certainly not helping you live out God’s calling on your life.
Your prize: Every single person who purges 5 things (and tells me what they were) will get a free copy of my e-book, The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky. If you already have it, you can win it for a friend or just have the supreme satisfaction of knowing you’re on your way to an organized, simplified, purposeful life.
Go get ’em, friends!