This has been such a process since I wrote about my reading up on the newest getting-rid-of-clutter books. ‘The More of Less’ was my favorite of these books and, along with my family, I have been doing a lot of work to our home. I’m learning that cleaning is not defined as moving stuff from one spot to another, but rather, realizing what is really important and getting rid of stuff. ‘The More of Less’ has completely changed my way of thinking. I recently went through my writing desk (Oh horror!) to get rid of some papers (*gasping*); I was amazed at how papers that had before seemed so important were easy to part with. Simplicity is so delightful. I never realized how much clutter seemed to similarly clutter my mind and clog my thoughts. When I see a clean room with a clean counter I have this urge to write, or bake something, or do something on that clean space, and from that I learned that the ‘More of Less’s’ philosophy really is true. When you stop your habits of buying, you find time for the things that matter most to you. When your thoughts aren’t cluttered by physical clutter, you can clearly see what really does matter to you.
It always seemed that I could tidy a room, but it seemed next to impossible to keep it that way. Does this sound familiar? Every time I went through my closet, clothes just replaced the ones I’d removed; every time I organized my school shelf, papers, notebooks, pens, leapt back into disarray when I had my back turned. That’s because it’s our culture to buy stuff all the time. We have it in our heads that the more we have the happier we are, while in truth, the less stuff we have the more we have in other ways. We don’t need huge, fancy houses; we don’t need the most expensive, popular items. We’ve been born into this culture that worships stuff, and now it’s time to break free from it.
I want to challenge you today to stop letting your stuff define you. You are not what you have; how would that even logically make sense? You are yourself, holy, redeemed, and beautiful- you are that today, and you will be that way forever.