I do not function well in clutter. It was really easy to keep things neat and tidy when I was living by myself. It was a challenge when I got married. It is even harder now with 3 kids. When I visited Mom and Dad a couple of years ago, I threw away a pair of shoes that was mix matched. Mom wasn’t too happy because it was her favorite pair of shoes. I remember my dad used to put cash in the newspapers. I am guessing he did that to encourage us to study? So, don’t secretly throw things away, unless if it is a used toothpick or floss. If you are living with a person that has a hard time parting with their belongings, designate an area/box for them. Here are some verses that we could all use.
Ephesians 4:15 Instead we will speak the truth in love. We will grow up into Christ in every way.
Ephesians 4:25 So, each of you must get rid of your lying. Speak the truth to your neighbor. We are all parts of one body.
Ephesians 4:29-30 Dont let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen. Do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad. He marked you with a seal for the day when God will set you completely free.
At the end of the day, after you speak the truth in love, and did not let evil talk come out of your mouths, leave it to God. Only God can change a person. If you really want to de-clutter, pray about it and wait for the Holy Spirit work in that person.
People who know me would categorize me as neat, so I will share a few of my tips:
1) when you buy a pair of new shoes, donate your old pair, the pair that you bought on sale but never wore it.
2) keep a bag in your laundry room to collect clothes that will go to charity.
3) before you buy or make an organizing system, de-clutter first. Look at each item and ask yourself honestly, will you ever use it, or can someone else outside your family benefit from it. If the answer is yes, put it in the donation pile.
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