You want to know what I love about purging and de-cluttering? Well, EVERYTHING, but specifically I love that it doesn’t just have here-and-now results (like a home you can actually walk through, breathe in, invite people over to, and enjoy stress-free).
It’s also got big-time future ramifications. For one, a de-cluttered home makes you think twice before you buy something.
Whereas before you might (like me) have been a mindless consumer. See something that catches your eye and BOOM! it’s in your cart and then tossed in a closet until you figure out what you’re going to do with it. I can’t tell you how much stuff I used to do this with.
But now, you start hemming and hawing (in a good way) and asking questions like, “Okay, I know this is a reeeeeally good deal, but do I love it? I mean, really, reeeeally love it? Can I picture this being something I’m tired of in two months (or two days)? Is it doomed for the purge box? If so, then why am I buying it in the first place? Is this going to mess with my newfound mess-less freedom?”
Now, instead of loading your cart at Target (or the thrift store or garage sales or wherever) with this, that, and the other clearance item, you ask yourself if it’s worth the hassle and energy it’s going to cost you.
And maybe you go home without it and forget about it five minutes later.
And maybe you start shopping less and talking over coffee more. Or serving in your community as a family.
And maybe you think twice about what kind of votes you’re casting with your dollars. A vote for workers being traded fairly and kids being kids, not slaves? A vote for giving your money to a greater cause than another knickknack? A vote for giving your money to people who could really use it, not multi-billion dollar corporations?
Let’s Take Some Action:
What’s something you’re going to stop buying so much of?
Or a store you’re going to frequent less often (or be more careful in) because it’s dangerous for you?
Or what other tips/stories do you have about how curbing your consumption has led to freedom?
p.s. I’m up in Michigan at a women’s retreat with an AMAZING group of women. Would love your prayers that God moves in our hearts in a BIG way and that we bring him much glory! Thank you!!