How does clutter happen and how can it be avoided? Can it be avoided? I have tried, and as I look around, I see that at this moment in time, I have failed. Clutter is present. I see clothes without homes, a table covered (ok, I can’t really see the table for the stuff!), and miscellaneous items I’m not sure I even need.
CLUTTER! It is sneaky. And it is a symptom. A symptom of: laziness, procrastination, exhaustion, hurry, greed, control, fear, being overwhelmed….let’s break this down.
Laziness: I don’t feel like putting that away.
Procrastination: I’ll put that away….later.
Exhaustion: I am too tired to put that away.
Hurry: I don’t have time to put that away.
Greed: I don’t need this, but it is mine. I want to keep it here with me. I don’t use it, need it, or wear it. But you can’t have what’s mine.
Control: It’s mine, and I will do what I wish with it. Even leave it on the floor.
Devalue: That used to mean a lot to me and I took really good care of it, once. But it is old now and it doesn’t mean as much so therefore I will no longer take good care of it.
Fear: I may need this one day, and then what. What if I don’t have it anymore?!
Being overwhelmed: I can’t keep up with all this stuff! It never ends!!! I give up!!
Clutter. Is it a losing battle? It may seem that way, but I am convinced there is an answer to each symptom. An answer that brings abundant LIFE. After all, clutter is a LIFE-drainer. It is a BIG distraction and waste of time. If we could take the time to do the right thing, clutter would be a thing of the past.
So what are the opposite behaviors for each of the above symptoms as they relate to clutter? Perhaps: Productiveness, Assertiveness, Being energized, Preparedness, Generosity, Freedom, Gratefulness, Love, Trust
Productiveness: I will put that away.
Assertiveness: I will put that away right now.
Being energized: I am filled with energy. I have the strength to do anything I need to.
Preparedness: I have not waited until the last minute. I have written out lists of what I need to do and I have prioritized the list. I will not be taken off-guard. No need to toss everything around in haste.
Generosity: I can freely give what I do not need or use.
Gratefulness: I am thankful for everything I have, regardless of how old it is.
Freedom: I don’t have to find freedom in controlling everything. It leads to a rebellion to do whatever I want. I am free, therefore I can make good choices.
Love: I am loved. I understand that if there is a need, a provision will be made. I don’t have to keep things I think I may need.
Trust: I trust that I will be cared for no matter what.
Not only are these great attributes to overcome clutter, but they are also great ways to live LIFE. They line up with the Word of God. In the days ahead, we will look at what scripture has to say about each of these attributes.
In the meantime, may we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
May your heart and home, and mine say goodbye to clutter as we seek God’s Word to combat it. May your day and mine be filled with LIFE abundant.