Colossians 3:5-10

Have you attempted closet purging before? It is one of the most difficult thing to do because of the emotion and fear that is involved. We end up leaving all those stuff we intended to discard. Courtney Carver, tells us of her experience of trying to clean her closet. “Closet purging and decluttering can be a life long battle. Until I started dressing with 33 items or less every 3 months, I cleaned out my closet seasonally. I’d go through my clothes, move things around, take a little out and add more in. I’d drag storage containers in from the garage, swap out items, try to make a little space, and then go shopping to celebrate a new season. Notice the vicious circle pattern I’ve got going here?

5 years ago, when I finally decided to clean out my closet for good, all of these crazy questions and emotions came up.

• Guilt asked, “Why did you spend so much money on things you don’t wear?” F
• rustration asked, “Are we going to have to do this again in 6 months?”
• Fear asked, “If you let go, will you have enough to wear?”

I listened to each question, filled with emotion. After hearing the same questions seasonally for decades, I knew it was time for a change. If your closet decluttering patterns are feeling a little vicious circle-ish, clean out your closet for good. Ancil Jenkins remarked, “Too often this is like our cleaning a closet. We want to get rid of some of the clutter. Yet, we find many things with which we cannot part. In the end, we wind up keeping almost everything that was already there.”

There are many decisions to make in order to succeed in getting rid of the clutter according to Courtney Carver,
 Don’t worry about sorting yet, just move everything to your bed. If you put everything on your bed, you’ll be motivated to complete the project before bedtime.
 Take a break. This is a great time to take a walk. Get away from your closet, clothes, guilt, frustration, or any other emotions that are coming up. Walk and breathe. Let go.

There are many things we decide to discard at the beginning of the year, but we end up putting them back into our lives. These are mess that causes stress according to Psychology Today. We must make a decision to give up something that is valuable to us.

Clutter is anything around your house that does not add value to your life. Decluttering is making room for things that matter. This is the teaching of St Paul in Colossians 3:5-10. Whatever does not add value to your life, must be discarded. May God help us in Jesus Name.

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