How Decluttering Has Benefited My Life
Decluttering is Good for the Mind and the Soul
by Joanne Troppello
Some people never declutter. Others declutter a few times a year. I usually declutter throughout the year. You can read more about my latest decluttering endeavors and how I’ve been selling some of my jewelry through the Mercari App in my article, Jo’s Journal: Waiting for the Mail Carrier During a Snowstorm.
Decluttering Mind and Soul
“Letting go of physical clutter also declutters mind and soul.” – April Williams
I agree with that quote from April Williams that decluttering physical things from your life can declutter your mind and soul. When we moved to our current home, we downsized, and I had to keep a good portion of our things in storage. Where we are renting right now is temporary. We’re saving up to build a new home on a few acres of property.
I learned some lessons when I packed everything almost 1½ years ago.
Life is not about things. It’s nice to have things, but I shouldn’t get too attached to them. Things in this world are fleeting, but God is forever.
My focus is on God’s Kingdom. There was a shift in my thinking during that move. I’ve moved many times in my life (as a child, teen, and married woman). Yet, this time God helped me to see life through eternity’s lens.
It freed me to focus on what really matters. I was able to focus on what truly matters and that is living now for eternity. Trying to do God’s will for my life each day and impact other’s lives for the Kingdom of God.
Decluttering Your Life
“Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet, it’s anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living.” – Peter Walsh
When decluttering becomes a learning experience, it gives you a chance to see that maybe there are also things in your life that need to be decluttered. For example, as I’ve been decluttering lately, I’ve been thinking about decluttering my life and not wasting so much time on social media—which can easily become depressing and an obsessive activity. I’ve been thinking about evaluating what I’m watching on TV and asking myself if the programs are edifying to me.
That meant watching less news and not watching some TV shows that I used to like and have now felt less edifying to my life. We have different streaming apps like Netflix, Pureflix, Up Faith & Family, and Disney+. However, my mindset is now always about checking myself in my spirit if it’s something that I should not be watching.
Decluttering to Follow God’s Vision
“Once we give up being attached to the physical possessions, we find the time and freedom to follow bigger dreams.” – Joshua Becker
Another lesson I’ve learned during my decluttering efforts is that I’ve had to declutter my perspective and start to focus again on God’s dreams for my life and not my own.
Sure, I want to follow God’s will for my life. Yet, through the years, my own will gets in the way. I think it’s important to “declutter” our hearts too every now and then to see if our vision for our lives lines up with God’s vision for us.
I’m definitely a work in progress in that area.
Do you declutter throughout the year? Have you taken time to declutter your own heart and mind?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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