I’m putting our house on a diet. It’s Boxing Day, and all I can think about is how over-stuffed it feels in here .
I can’t escape it; in every corner of the house (and sometimes, it’s not even confined to the corners) it is there, accumulating.
It feels suffocating. It makes household management seem impossible, an unreachable summit.
But beyond that, there is another feeling.
Is it embarrassment? Shame? Guilt?
I definitely think there is such a thing as false guilt. Is that what’s happening here? Perhaps I just feel embarrassed about my lack of organisation…
But this is not false guilt. Because beyond revealing my lack of organisation and the feeling of suffocation, having an over-stuffed house is a spiritual issue.
So I think this sick feeling in my gut is more than just embarrassment, it is the gracious and firm prompting of the Holy Spirit, pointing out an area that needs growth (or perhaps, pruning?).
This will take time, and I’m thinking it’s going to be one of the main things I work on in 2016, in two parts.
- Growing in contentment in Christ – this tackles the problem of greed at it’s core, which is not being fully satisfied with Christ.
- De-cluttering the house – this tackles the material problem of having too much stuff.
This morning, in the middle of feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff, I wrote a quick list of stuff to get rid of, just to make a dent in it all right away. Then we worked on it through the day. But I have some more ideas for tackling the stuff over the coming weeks and months.
Anyway, I thought I might make this a bit of a series on the blog, with “challenges” as I go, in case anyone wants to join in. But even if no one else joins in, I figure this will be a good way of keeping myself motivated and accountable.
House Diet – Challenge 1
Donate or Throw Out (depending on quality):
- 5 items of clothing
- 5 pairs of shoes
- 5 books
- 5 toys
- 5 pantry or freezer items
- 5 thing from the bathroom cabinet
- 10 pieces of rubbish