Okay, so my original plan was to ease oh-so-gently into this Enough Experiment so as to not scare anyone away. Yesterday we simply cast a vision of what our homes would look like de-cluttered and the beautiful things we could do/be because of it.
And today, on mere Day 2, we’re going HARDCORE.
(Not really. Well, a little.)
I’m about to say something more than a little controversial, more than a little offensive, more than a little off-color. Ready?
YOU DO NOT NEED ANY MORE ORGANIZATIONAL-TYPE CONTAINERS.
Not cute baskets lined with fabric, not trendy metal bins, not plastic boxes with snappy lids, not antique wooden crates. NONE OF IT.
You have enough.
Friends, do you realize the conspiracy that’s taking place right under your nose? Do you recognize the sneaky little bedfellows of Container Stores and All-the-Other-Stores and their ploy to bring you to your demise?? Do you see how they draw you in with their irresistible and symmetrical, yet bright and colorful, container-thingies and then BAM!
Before you know it, not only is your house NOT more organized but it is OVERFLOWING with stuff and there’s nothing to be done but BUY A BIGGER HOUSE.
(That was the controversial part.)
Enter Gentle Marla for a minute. Friends, the size of your home is not up for scrutiny or condemnation here. How big your house is or what kind of car you drive or how expensive your new Mac Book Air was (cough) or how many globes you have (cough again) or how full your closet is or WHATEVER is between you and God, and none of us are in a place to judge. God calls us to different things for different reasons.
The comparison game gets us nowhere.
And besides, we all loooove to compare ourselves to those who have more, not the people who have less. Funny how that always works out in our favor, eh?
That said, I do see a vicious, overwhelming, expensive, un-freeing cycle happening in our society as a whole.
1. We accumulate stuff.
2. It overwhelms us.
3. We feel the need to contain it. (prettily if at all possible)
4. We get more stuff.
5. We need more containers.
6. We need more shelves.
7. We need more rooms.
8. We need a bigger house.
9. Our big house looks empty, so we get more stuff.
10. And more containers…
It’s one of those crazy laws of nature. We have empty space. We need to fill it.
So, how about we find away around the law? How about instead of more containers, we actually decide we’re going to have less? (and less and less) Then, instead of buying stuff to fill our empty containers, we’ll think twice before we buy something. And if we really do want it, we’ll get rid of something else first to make space in our delightfully-limited container space.
Doesn’t this sound inviting? (feel free to say no)
Today’s Baby Step Challenge:
Somewhere in your house, find a container you don’t love (a cardboard box, a plastic box with a crack in it, whatever), and find a way to purge enough stuff so that you can throw out that container.
Today’s Little-Bit-Bigger Challenge:
The Baby Step Challenge TIMES TWO. And fill those two containers you emptied with items you can donate/sell.
Today’s BIG DADDY Challenge: (I just added this one on a whim.)
Get rid of an ENTIRE CONTAINER HOLDER-TYPE DEAL you don’t really love (dresser, bookcase, toybox). (WOW.)
(If you are a lover of pretty containers, maybe you could treat yourself to 1-2 new ones after a whole month of ruthless de-cluttering.)
Now, just like yesterday, I’d love to hear from you.
Tell me what you did (or plan to do). Tell me your vision (if you didn’t get a chance yesterday). Ask me questions (related to de-cluttering). Or tell me that you don’t want to be my friend anymore after today’s post (and I will do my best to win back your heart).