“Hurry up! Get your stuff put away! We have people coming over!” I shout over my shoulder at my family as I run the vacuum across the living room floor. My children run up and down the stairs as they carry their toys up to their room and I hear them drop them on the floor. “Not like THAT! Put them away! Away where they go!”
I hear them grunt as they pick up the recently dropped toy and walk it over to the bin. But this is just the beginning. Quickly my cleaning escapade turns itself into a family-shouting match as I drag my husband into my agenda for the day. Soon kids are crying, my husband feels unheard, and I am resentful.
We chipper up for our friends and I deal with the emotional aftermath I spewed all over our home after they leave.
Anyone relate? Cleaning your home is a spiritual practice. When we purge the things we allow to control us, we are letting go of what we hold on to that doesn’t serve us.
Do we worry about our stuff? Do we give brain space over to it? Have we skipped out on having friends over because our stuff wasn’t arranged to our liking? Have we shouted at our children to hurry up as we hide our messes from friends? (Guilty!) Do we work hard to protect our stuff? Do we spend lots of time earning a living in order to pay for more stuff?
Here are three ways that you get MORE when you have less:
Letting go of the things that overwhelm our lives and our homes can feel like a huge step. But it’s a burden you won’t regret turning over to God. Take sometime today to ask yourself – Is my stuff serving me or am I serving my stuff?
Anything pull on you today? Are you ready to organize, toss, and make some room to breathe? Our community is gathering April 22nd for a day intensive on overhauling our homes as a spiritual practice. Christine Smart helps people do this for a living and is here to help us! Register here: http://www.houseofhopecr.org/classes/register-for-class/