Miles walked: 228
Miles remaining: 772
Days remaining: 282
Clutter? Yes, clutter. We all have it. Some more than others. Some hide it well and others leave it out for everyone.. but yes, we all have some clutter in our lives. Physical clutter, mental clutter, relationship clutter, spiritual clutter. I hate clutter.
Clutter makes me nervous. Don’t laugh.. it seriously makes me nervous and eventually it starts stressing me out! There is no better feeling to me than a weekend spent cleaning out closets and drawers and cabinets. Even the garage and attic are a joy when there’s no clutter! (I said, don’t laugh!)
I have a bad habit of subscribing to a magazine and when it comes in the mail, I toss it aside for a few months. I have every intention of getting around to reading it but the next thing I know, there is an entire years worth of that magazine in a foot tall stack next to my nightstand! Then I start to panic thinking that I’m becoming a hoarder. See why clutter can make me nervous?
There is a house rule that I try to follow. When I buy something new, I need to get rid of something old. Either what the new item is replacing or if I buy clothes then I need to sort some old things to donate to charity. This rule exists because clutter breeds as fast as rabbits. It grows and grows until you have no idea how it got so out of control.
You know I have to mention my walk in here somewhere, right? So, here it is. As I’m walking my neighborhood, I’ve been privy to some pretty cluttered garages. Garages are a big selling point when you’re looking at buying a house, right? Do you picture your car/truck parked in your new garage all snug and cozy, not getting scratched up by neighborhood kids or hailstorms? Or do you look at your new house and imagine the garage piled floor to ceiling with clutter? I hope I know how you answered that… and yes, this really is a garage in my neighborhood and they are not unpacking from a recent move. (I’m not talking about those garages that have been converted into needed additional living space.. that would be the exception.)
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
Why am I so concerned with your cars not being in your garages? Because, it kind of creeps me out sometimes to be walking around my neighborhood and have so many cars parked along the curb. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine! You have a perfectly good 2 or 3 car garage right there and 3-4 cars in your drive and on your curb? Call me crazy.. but I swerve the streets from one side to the other to avoid walking right beside a creepy truck or van parked at the curb at 6am (and at 6am, every car, truck or van parked by the curb looks creepy!). This is why a can of pepper spray made it to my Christmas list this year (which I didn’t receive yet!).
We all have so much “stuff”. Stuff that we don’t need, we don’t use, we don’t even know that we still have it because we have so much. I’m sure with Christmas just behind us, we have even more stuff! Do we feel better because we have all this stuff? Does it make our lives easier? Are we going to take it with us when we go? I’m trying to overcome my “need” of stuff and am constantly looking for ways to streamline my life. This means…. less stuff.
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” ~ Luke 12:15 NKJV
What do I do about this clutter? New Year’s resolution!!! I don’t resolve to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, etc… I resolve to clean out as many closets, drawers, cubbies, and cabinets and keep them clean as clean as I can. I know what you’re thinking… I live a super exciting life, don’t be hatin’! We all know that God blesses us with what we need.. houses, cars, stuff. Well, clean out your closets! Physical closets, emotional, relationship, spiritual closets. Get rid of some of those things that you don’t need. I promise it will bring you closer to what matters most.