I’m On A Mission
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been immersed in a personal project. When I’m not at my day job or writing blog posts. I’ve been clearing out my home of excess trash, unwanted items, and even excess furniture.
You see, I have my third child on the way. She’s due to arrive around Christmas. My job as daddy is to prepare for our new arrival. I need to do a “bedroom shuffle” for my other two daughters in order to create space for a nursery for our baby.
Now that we’re finally past a very hot, dry summer and have entered into the fall season, a sense of urgency has come over me. I don’t have a lot of time. I’ve got to get these multiple home projects done on schedule. I need to get crackin’.
But, even with this sense of time pressure, I’ve actually been enjoying the process as I’ve been walking through it. I have found it extremely beneficial. In this post, I’d like to share the benefits that I’ve discovered as I get rid of a tremendous amount of clutter out of our home and life.
6 Benefits Of Cutting The Clutter
- Sense of relief. Honestly, I’ve been dragging my feet on this project for several months. It just feels good to be finally tackling the project!
- Reminiscing. I’m typically not that much of a sentimental guy. I do like to hold onto some memorabilia for the historical aspect (for example, I still have the Time Magazine edition right after the 9/11 attacks took place), but other than that, not so much. As I’ve been cleaning and organizing, I’ve been finding a lot of paperwork and pictures of my first two daughters when they were little. I’ve been blown away how much we have all changed over the last decade.
- Opening the space for reorganization. The primary reason for me even needing to take on this project in the first place is to do a “bedroom shuffle.” I need to move one of my kids downstairs in order to take her old room and make it into a nursery for our baby on the way. De-cluttering the entire house will allow this to take place.
- Get some cash. In the process of clearing out your home of unwanted or needed stuff, you can hold a garage sale. You can put stuff up for sale on Craigslist. You can get at least a small portion of the value out of some of the stuff in your home. You can use this cash to make the improvements you need as you update your home life.
- Bless Others. Connected with #4, in the process of selling your stuff at a discount or giving some of it to charity, you can bless others as a result.
- Opening Your Life To Receive More. All the “experts” claim that when you rid your life of excess stuff, you are opening your life in order to receive more. I believe there’s a lot of truth to this statement. Check out these great quotes:
If your house is full of stuff, all the blessings that could fill your house can’t get in. The stuff takes over. It robs you psychologically. You can’t be at peace. – Peter Walsh
When you have cleared all of your clutter, you can be of greater service to those around you. – Michael B. Kitson
The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are. – Mother Teresa
Do You Have A Lot Of Clutter?
So, how about you? Do you have several years worth of clutter and junk taking over your life? Do you have a massive de-clutter project that you have been delaying like I have been?
I would just encourage you to start somewhere. Start with one dresser drawer, one closet, or one room. Take a couple of vacation days from work or schedule a couple of weekends to see how much you can get accomplished in that time frame.
Start somewhere and then move through the process as quickly as possible. As you do it, though, enjoy the journey. Embrace these 6 benefits of cutting the clutter and living a more simple life.