Hello, friends! Happy Monday! Have I mentioned the book Organized Simplicity in this purging series yet? Awesome, awesome book. I wrote about it (and my de-cluttering adventures) a few months ago (here and here) if you’re interested. Otherwise, here’s a little snippet of what I think makes this book so sweet:
Why I Love This Book In Two Short Sentences: You make a family purpose statement and then run all your junk/clutter/stuff/schedule, etc. through the filter of your family’s purpose. If it’s not helping you fulfill your purpose, say bye-bye.
It took us awhile, but we finally came up with a Family Purpose Statement of our very own. Short, to the point, and completely embarrassing on video.
Here’s the thing: you can purge until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t have some kind of purpose statement, it’s a lot easier to slip back into your clutter-clogged, excess-hoarding living habits.
Your purpose statement doesn’t have to rhyme. You don’t have to make it into a jingle that you force your family to sing together. And it doesn’t have to be set in stone. But I think it’s really important to work toward a common goal as a family. It makes it so much easier to get people on board with “Let’s-just-have-ENOUGH-shall-we?” if they can see the purpose behind the purge.
Here is Tsh’s (the author of Organized Simplicity) Family Purpose Statement:
As a family, we want to glorify God in all we say, do, and are. We will…
Put each other first.
Cultivate deep relationships with one another.
Extend love to those around us.
Be true to who God made us.
Take care of our health.
Be good stewards of creation.
Be lifelong learners.
So, tell me:
1. If you have a Family Purpose Statement, would you be willing to share? (and a video with costumes and props would be a nice bonus)
2. What do you like about the idea of a Family Purpose Statement (and what might get in the way of you making one)?
3. What are 2-3 things (values, ideas, etc) you might include in your Family Purpose Statement?