A dear friend of mine is most likely living her last days. She has enjoyed a full and complete life. She has been a loving daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has blessed many people with her handcrafted items and home-cooked meals. She has traveled to every state in the United States. She once lived in a home full of useful and necessary items. Gradually she donated, shared or sold the items no longer relevant to the changing circumstances of her life. She kept and enjoyed the treasures.
As she goes through these last days, she does not think about all the stuff she has owned in her lifetime. She does not want boxes of travel souvenirs or dishes or books or craft supplies or clothes or shoes or files or antiques or camping supplies or canning jars or even photo albums. She wants to be surrounded by the precious members of her family.
I am happy to say that those family members are giving her comfort and courage for however many days may be ahead. She can smile even as her body grows weaker. She knows what matters most.
Life is never really about the stuff. There are seasons when we need stuff, and use stuff. There are also seasons when we need to eliminate stuff. Too often we let too much stuff crowd out what is really important. We simply can’t keep accumulating and expect to have room to fully live our current season of life.
Barbara Hemphill said it best:
“Clutter is postponed decisions.”
Today is the right time to start making decisions about your stuff and your clutter. Pretend you are moving to a one bedroom apartment. Walk through your house and open each closet and each drawer. Ask yourself this one question:
“Who needs this more than I do?”
Then start filling up the donation bags. You will be doing yourself a favor as well as blessing others who truly need your surplus things. You will be creating space to live the life of your dreams.
Organized by Olive welcomes the opportunity to help you get started! Give Olive a call at 937-216-2952 so we can talk about the less cluttered side of life.
What items are easiest/hardest for you to let go?