Most people at the end of each year tend to reflect on the year gone past. What could they change?, what will stay the same? and just where has the time gone!
I have found myself doing this over the past few days, having ended one of the busiest years we have had in a long time, with lots of changes and milestones for both our boys, I have sat and wondered just how did we get through it all. By the last couple of months of 2016, I found myself almost running on empty and I still had Christmas to go. My house was a mess, there was ‘stuff’ everywhere and everybody wanted or needed something. There was still plenty to do at work, and although I love my job, my family, my friends, I would of given my right arm to run away and hide, even if it was for a few moments.
With this in mind and after watching an amazing documentary on ‘Minimalism’ my approach to 2017 is going to be a whole lot different. This isn’t going to be one of those New Year resolutions, to lose weight, get healthy, exercise more….although that would probably be a good idea too 🙂 No this is going to be a life change, it’s time I learn to live with less, have less distractions and learn to take a simpler approach to life. I mean really, do I need so much stuff?
So last night my new way of living began. I sat and unsubscribed to heaps of emails. I was getting around 50 emails a day from various places, all of which 99% of the time I would just delete without even looking at them. The emails I kept I changed to only getting them weekly, if that was an option. In the next couple of days I will spend time cleaning up my work email, something I haven’t done for at least 2 years. I know this is going to take time but I’m determined to get it sorted.
This morning I tackled my walk-in robe, by the time I had finished I had two very large garbage bags full of clothing , shoes, handbags etc ready to donate. I found a pair of jeans I have been hanging onto for 20 years, why do I need these? I am seriously kidding myself if I ever thought I would fit into them again. My robe looks neater, my draws are tidy and I can actually see what items I kept.
Next on my list will be my kitchen, I have cupboards full of bowls, containers, pots, pans, cake tins and more that never get used but take up so much space. Why do I need to hang onto this stuff? I haven’t used it for years, so I doubt I will use it any time soon. I plan to slowly work my way through our house and sort out what stays and what goes. Generally I’m not a hoarder, however as the years have got busy with things I felt were important, keeping on top of the clutter has just become harder. I’m hoping by getting it all sorted it will be much easier to control.
So just what am I hoping to gain from my new way of living? Well there are a few things. Firstly I’m hoping that if I’m more organized, I’ll be less stressed and more at peace because there won’t be ‘stuff’ all over the place. Secondly my hope is less stuff will equate to less cleaning and housework, which will mean more time for fun. But mostly I’m hoping to learn to depend on God more to provide the things I need..not want..but need.
You see I’m also taking a pay cut this year, so less money to pay the same living expenses. Where in pervious years my wants and needs became a little confused, I don’t have the money to do that this year. I really need to start and think hard about whether an item is a need or just a want that will end up at the back of a cupboard never to be seen again. I will need to 100% trust God to provide my needs, this is something I am not good at doing, but really want to change.
I’m very determine to get this right, I’m determine to start this journey with a clean slate, rid of all the distraction and stuff that is just taking up space. I believe if I start with a clean slate it will make it easier to change my way of living, which will hopefully help me see clearer, be happier, think differently, and trust God more.
Feel free to join me on this journey, why not make a start today to reduce your stuff, feel the freedom of letting go, and sorting out just what really is important in life.