Saturday was a kick back day for our family. We had nowhere that we needed to go and absolutely nothing on the schedule that had to be accomplished. My husband and I did work through setting up some bills. I was on a roll and decided to work on recording all our finance exchanges for the month. I usually do it weekly, but had gotten behind this month. After working on that I looked at where we are with our tithing, and wrote checks to the organizations that we support. As I was looking for an envelope, I noticed that my drawer where I hold these was overflowing. So I ended up cleaning out that drawer and slimming it down to just a few things that we need to keep.
Before I knew it, it was about time to start cooking supper. I got sidetracked by some dishes that needed put away first. I had a dish drain full of plastic drinking bottles. So I decided to go through the cupboard that has all of the bottles in it. However it was overflowing, and they would not all fit. First on the list was matching bottles with lids. Next I threw away the ones that were in bad shape. I kept slimming down until they actually all fit in the cupboard now.
As I reflected at the end of the day I marveled at the motivation I had to get just a few small areas clean. I felt great when I thought back at all that I had accomplished. So I have set up a schedule for the next eight weeks of various rooms in my home that need to be thoroughly cleaned and de-junked. I am tired of having my life ruled by the things in our home. I plan to be getting rid of a lot of "stuff" over the next two months. Today we will be dropping off our old bedroom furniture at the local thrift store. I also have boxes of clothes waiting for donation as well.
I find that with the more that I clean and organize, the more motivated I am to get things clean in my home. The more things I let go of, the more free I feel. I look forward to the end of July when I plan to not only have a clean, organized home, but also a calm, quiet spirit. I pray that as I get rid of 'things' in my house, that God also gets rid of 'things' in my heart. Some of those old sin patterns that are hard to break. Make me clean and whole and new in my heart as I work on the things in my home.