Tag: organization

Keep. Donate. Pitch.

Declutter. Organize. Keep. Donate. Pitch.

Keeping a house in order seems never-ending.  Dusting. Laundry. Bathrooms. Sweeping. Mopping. Cleaning out refrigerator.  What’s for dinner every night?  What do I wear to work this week?  What bills need to be paid?  It’s a lot to keep a household running.

Our spiritual life takes a lot of work as well.  We should constantly be decluttering – sorting out what habits to keep, donate or pitch.  Maybe you do a daily devotional reading each day.  Someone else may have a deeper Bible study each day.  Someone else may have a weekly study class.

Maybe my prayer time is spent in a quiet place each day and someone else may choose to pray out loud in the car on the way to work.  Maybe you don’t have a regular prayer or quiet time.

I can’t tell you what’s good for your spiritual household and how you should decide what to keep, donate or pitch but if you ask God for direction He will be glad to help you sort things out.

Just like stuff in our house, we tend to hold on to stuff in our lives that we really need to donate or pitch.  Busyness can be a terrible habit.  We get caught up in the martyrdom of “doing it all” and before we know it we have let the spiritual part of our life falter.  Maybe there is something in that busyness bucket you can donate to someone else.

Is God convicting you of a habit you know you need to let go of?  Decide to pitch it today.

Are there things you’re doing that you know God wants you to keep doing. You know –  you get those excited, goose-bump feelings inside when you do them?  Then that may be your “keeper”.

I think today is the day to declutter the spiritual self.  I’m going to start to really evaluate how I live my life.  I’m going to spend some time in prayer and ask God what He wants me to keep, to give away and to pitch.  I want my spiritual house in order so that I can spend my time doing and being what He wants from me.  Are you with me?

Lamentations 3:40 – Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.

**Day 3 and Day 4 February Make A Difference Month Challenge.  I decided to get a day ahead for those who wish to “plan ahead” for the next act of kindness.  If you are new to this blog, see my February Make A Difference Month blog for more details.   A suggestion for day 3 – purchase something to give away.  For example – if you are at a ballgame, buy an extra bag of popcorn and give to the person behind you in line.  A suggestion for day 4 – Make a donation to your favorite charity.  Let’s go make a difference by changing the world one act of kindness at a time!

 

Oh Brother……Time for New Year’s Resolutions!

I love the New Year and the opportunity for a fresh start.   I love deciding on my new goals and what I want to do in the new year.  But I despise the word “resolutions”.

There’s something about the word RESOLUTION that just turns my stomach and makes me feel defeated already.  I guess it is because when I set a new year’s “resolution”, I feel like I have to start January 1; I have to either “refrain from” or “vow to do” something every day.  If I mess up, it’s over and then I have to give in and wait until next year.  I feel pressure to keep up with other people’s resolutions.  I feel pressure to do things that the world thinks I need to do.

We typically think of New Year’s resolutions as 1) getting our homes organized; 2) losing weight; 3) saving more money.  These are things that sometimes just make us roll our eyes and think “what’s the use?”  We’ve done them every year and 365 days is a long time to stay committed to something every day.  But what if we decide to change our mind-set and look at this through positive eyes instead of “eye rolling”?

Think about setting goals instead of resolutions.
Start when YOU say you start and don’t worry about January 1.
What are you passionate about?
What makes you smile?
What do you enjoy doing?

Why don’t you take those things and improve on them and make your goals positive this year?  And then, if you want, throw in a few “eye rolling” things you know you need to improve upon.

If you love riding your bike but don’t really like going to the gym and exercising, maybe you set a goal of logging so many miles this year on your bike.  Then you get to do what you like AND get healthier.

Do you want to do more kindness acts for other people but think you don’t really have time and money?  Maybe you send a card a week to someone; it doesn’t take a lot of money; people appreciate it and you get the joy of showing kindness.

Maybe you want to be organized but dread the huge task.  Take it one day at a time and allow yourself the whole year.  I found a very detailed website that maybe will help you do one thing a day but allow your home to be organized at the end of the year – Goal Accomplished! [home-storage-solutions-101.com]

Whatever works for YOU is what you should do.  This is not about other people’s goals.  It’s not about resolutions and failure and being miserable.  It’s a fresh start.  It’s about how to enjoy life and improve yourself in the areas YOU want to focus on.  It’s about taking things you love doing and sharing with others.  Start 2016 on a Positive Note!  No eye rolling.  No dreading each day.  No “Oh brother – another resolution!”  But a “today is a new day and it’s a new year and I’m going to enjoy every day” mentality!

Don’t dread it………….embrace it…………make it YOURS…….make it Positive………make it fun!  Happy 2016 and may all your goals come true!

The Secret to Getting Rid of STUFF

I was driving in a big city noticing all of the storage facilities that people can rent to store their possessions if they don’t have room in their home.  I probably saw 10 different rental storage facilities within a 3 mile radius.  There are storage units that have climate control; storage units that are behind secured gates; storage units that are remote controlled; even storage units that can be brought to your home to load and then delivered to another storage facility.

There are green ones, brown ones, tan ones and orange ones.  There are big ones, tiny ones, square ones and tall ones.

Why is this such big business and the need to have so many storage facilities necessary?  Because we like stuff!  And we have too much of it! What good does it do to have so much stuff?  We can’t take it with us when we die.  There is a saying, “I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a Uhaul.”
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What if I Can’t Complete the To-Do List?

Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

I am a planner.  I am an organizer.   I like lists.  I like marking things off of my to-do lists.  I’ve been known to write something on my list that I’ve already done so I can mark it off.  Don’t laugh………you’ve done it, too!!
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