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Karen DeBeus

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Clear the Clutter in Your Homeschool • Podcast Ep 42

Welcome to my Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series! For the next several weeks I will have special blog posts, videos, and podcast episodes related to this topic. Be sure to subscribe here and stay updated!

Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home:

Clear the Clutter in Your Homeschool

 

It’s that time of year. We are spring cleaning our homes and definitely our homeschools. How many of us vow every spring, while looking back at a no-so-stellar year, that next year will be different? Next year will be the year where you get it right and have the best curriculum and the best schedule?

We all do.

Truth is, right now is all we have. So, let’s talk about how we can clear the clutter in our homeschools (physical and mental) and make the most of every moment. From books to supplies, to endless piles of stuff, let’s get in there and clear the clutter. I am sharing all about how we keep homeschool clutter to a minimum, how to know what “stuff” to keep and what to purge, and most importantly, how to focus on what matters most. The more we seek Jesus, the less stuff we find we need cluttering up our homeschool and our life.

 

 

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Getting Rid of Stuff Won’t Solve Your Problems

So many of us struggle with the never-ending cycle of purging clutter only to have to creep right back in. The problems we feel that it causes never seem to be solved. We only end up more frustrated because we are back where we started, and often worse than before.

Truth is, getting rid of stuff won’t solve your problems.

Because it was never about the stuff.

Now, let me back up for a second, because yes, part of it is the stuff. Of course. But let’s take a look closer.

You know how people who are having money problems always think if they just had more it would solve their problems in life? The answer is partially, yes it would. The stress of bills being paid, working endless hours, and fear over debt would be eliminated. But what tends to happen to most that think this way, is that even when they make more money, problems don’t disappear. More money often equals more problems. Maybe even different problems. It is the way we handle that money that is the issue. Whether it is the lack of it or the abundance of it. 

Because it was never about the money. 

Or how about the yo-yo dieter. They finally lose the weight, but haven’t dealt with the issues, and no sooner have they gained the weight again. We have to learn how to handle money or food or whatever is causing us problems.

It’s the same with our stuff. Even if we finally found a way to keep our homes clutter-free or went to the extreme of minimalism, if we don’t deal with heart issues, the problems will continue. They may manifest in a different way, but they will still be there.

We watched a documentary about minimalism not long ago and I remarked to husband afterward, “They still don’t have Jesus.” Sure they made it seem like their lives were problem-free once they were clutter-free, and perhaps they were. But they still didn’t have Jesus. So in the end, in my eyes, they still have a big problem.

All of us have a problem at the root of ourselves. Sin. Every single human being has this very same issue. And it reveals itself in many ways for all of us.

Lack of self-control being one of them. Indulgence being another. Or simply focusing on ourselves and our comforts before focusing on God.

Jesus is truly the only answer to our human nature and our sin. He lived and died for us to take that sin away. How freeing is that? More freeing than any system that promises a life with less clutter.

If we don’t deal with our sin nature, which really is our problem until we get to glory some day, we will never feel content or satisfied–whether we have an abundance of stuff or we are living with the minimum.

Many of us live in the never ending cycle of getting rid of stuff only to have it pile up again for various reason, but it all goes back to our human nature.

Once we recognize that we need to deal with our hearts before our stuff, we will finally be on the road to understanding how to live more simply once and for all.

Living for Jesus above all eliminates our need to live for things, and that is the beginning of a whole new path to living simply.

 

For other posts in my new series click here—>SPRING CLEANING SERIES

Learn more about having less stuff and MORE JESUS this summer!

Grab a ticket now before prices go up!

simplyretreat2017

Get My NEW Book!

 

 

Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP

Simply Living for Him, Spring Cleaning Series

Cleaning Up For Company?

Welcome to my Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series! For the next several weeks I will have special blog posts, videos, and podcast episodes related to this topic. Be sure to subscribe here and stay updated!

Say the word, “friends coming over,” and I’ve been known to get my house in tip-top shape. I remember years ago, early on in my home keeping years, that was the motivation for many house projects.

It all started when we moved into our first home a month prior to my daughter’s 1st birthday. If that doesn’t get you unpacking quickly and working on projects, then I don’t know what will 😉 I remember that month we were in full blown decorating and project mode to prepare for our first party in our new home. The trouble is, looking back I realize my focus was on how things looked (or perhaps impressing my guests) rather than who was visiting my home.

As the years went on, I remember we’d have a playgroup weekly in our home or family gatherings, or Bible studies. It always seemed to be the motivator to make my house “look” just right. I remember many last minute trips to Home Goods because I wanted things just so.

Sigh.

I look back at those times and realize how wrong my mindset was. Cleaning up for company is not a life I want to live. 

I want to show my family that we always should strive for order and neatness and not just when company is coming. Furthermore, decorating binges on the eve of family gathering, so everything looks picture perfect, is really just putting up a facade.

I want my life to be real and authentic. I want my home to show its imperfections if need be, because the truth is I am not a decorator (nor do I really want to be. 😉 ) I don’t want the illusion that I have it all together when the truth is if you open a closet, things are falling apart.

I now live with the mindset that my home should look and feel comfortable for the people who live here everyday and not just for those visiting. I make it a point to pick up throughout the day, out of respect for those who live here. Sometimes I even try to set the table special at dinner with the good cloth napkins and matching plates and glasses, even if I don’t have to, just because going that extra step makes those who live here know they are worth the extra effort.

I also know that days come when I can’t keep up with the piles, or the dishes sit in the sink, or the laundry is not put away, or we’ve eaten on paper plates in the living room, and frankly, if someone stops by, so be it. This is real life. I don’t want to put up a facade in my home or in my life. I believe whole heartedly in being 100% real with all those I come in contact with. Even if it means someone stops over and I haven’t cleared the dust bunnies.

Cleaning up for company is not a way of life. I am much more relaxed when I do little jobs often, rather than one big cleaning job weekly. The house is presentable at all times, and it also tells my family that we respect our home and I respect them.

Do you find you clean up for company more than for those who live in your home? Choose today to change your mindset. Stay on top of little tasks, and let those who live in your home know they are just as important as comany.

And next time you you have a big gathering, focus on how people feel in your home, rather than how it looks. People and relationships over stuff wins every time.

People and relationships over stuff, win every time.

For other posts in this series click here—>SPRING CLEANING SERIES

Learn more about having less stuff and MORE JESUS this summer!

Grab a ticket now before prices go up!

simplyretreat2017

Get My NEW Book!

 

 

Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP