I know I write about having less clutter. I know I talk about living with less…but sometimes, life creeps up and you go, “WHAT??”
Yeah. That was us these past few days.
You see, we switched bedrooms for our kids this week. We went from, “Let’s just try moving the beds to see how it looks” to being knee deep in two bedrooms (four kids between those two bedrooms) worth of stuff.
I am telling you. The floor was covered in stuff. There were mattresses in the hallway. There were pieces of beds everywhere. There were clothes, Legos, books, and every little thing these kids have collected over their years. Exploded between the two bedrooms.
At one point I was trapped in my room because the mattresses in the hallway were blocking me from getting out. I laid on my bed and proclaimed, “I can’t do this anymore!”
Now I know in the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal. But still…
So, there we were knee deep in stuff and I thought, “How on earth am I the Simply Living for Him lady…How did this happen?”
Now on the surface, their rooms really were not that cluttered because our house layout is kind of “different.” The area upstairs (where we all sleep) was intended when it was built to be a small apartment. They converted the layout when they built it for a son to live with his elderly mother, but they never ended up living here. It was still brand new when we moved in and we sort of turned living areas into bedrooms. One for my daughter, and one for my three sons to share. So frankly, their rooms are HUGE. My daughter’s new room is like a studio apartment. So while things never looked cluttered before because it was a large space, when you empty it, you do realize how much has accumulated over the years.
Let’s just say we now have approximately 20+ garbage bags of trash.
And then there was the “homeschool closet.” Part of this cleanup involved our wall length storage closet that we used to keep all of our homeschool books and supplies. It has certainly accumulated stuff over the years from used curriculum sales, well-meaning hand-me-down books, and four kids worth of school. But as I went through it, I realized we will need very little of it. My daughter graduates next year, I know what the boys will use for high school…and my little guy…well we have learned to truly KEEP IT SIMPLE.
So I’ve got TONS of boxes of homeschool books that I am giving away.
It’s been freeing to get rid of this stuff, but the process admittedly was overwhelming. I am thankful for my kids, who have even greater organizational skills that I do, more energy than I do, and certainly a great deal of perseverance.
Join me on Friday when I talk about all that I learned from this massive decluttering~ It is about much more than just the stuff! NEW PODCAST EPISODE will be up then!
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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone. I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.
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