In light of my last post, I’ve had a few great conversations with friends about the quote by Barbara Hemphill,
Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions”
We’ve talked about what that means in our lives – needing to declutter our mind, heart, and physical space. What is it that you need to declutter this month? For me, I’m looking to make decisions in each of these categories.
My Mind: There is so much that can clutter our minds: relationships, to-do lists, ideas, news, information and even things like what is coming up on our calendar and worries. It’s not all bad, as a matter of fact, its usually really great things, but our minds need a way to filter all these ideas and can I say, perhaps use some rest. This month, I will continue using my Bullet Journal to organize my time, ideas, tasks, and even reflect on how it’s all going. I will also focus on this verse which gives me focus and helps me filter things that I don’t need to be giving my thought time to…
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2
My Heart: I thrive on beautiful and loving relationships. I’m blessed to have a loving husband, sweet children, and a very supportive family. I also have a beautiful group of friends spread across several states. This month, I choose to pour my heart into making sure I keep those relationships healthy and thriving. I don’t know anyone who can do this perfectly. I’ve had my own share of bloopers I’d like to forget but I will give myself (and others) grace and will move forward this month nurturing those around me. There is no room for negative unhealthy relationships. If there is some clutter in this area, I choose to let it go.
My Physical Space: Living with three children, homeschooling, having many hobbies, and also working from home can create the perfect environment for clutter. I read this other powerful quote this past week and it’s also guiding the actions I take around the house,
“The more your own things, the more they own you” – unknown
I can relate to that so well! They occupy your physical space but they also occupy our thought time. It can cause frustration and can be a real energy draining. As I’ve taken steps towards decluttering or physical space, I’m finding my energy renewed and my mind “happy!” By the end of each month, I hope to have less stuff and more space for myself, family, and friends.
I made this printable to frame so I can see it daily and be inspired to make decisions that will help me keep my mind, heart, and physical space clutter free. Feel free to click below and place somewhere you can see it….say your refrigerator or bathroom mirror.
I hope you’ll also be encouraged to declutter your mind, heart, and physical space. Remember, like Katrina Mayer said if you
“Get rid of clutter and you may just find that it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for!”
Ask yourself, “What’s cluttering my mind, heart, and physical space?” What can I do today? this week? this month? to simply make more space. I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your messages are always so refreshing!
Cheering you on in your journey!