What Decluttering Has Taught Me

I’ve been in the process of decluttering our home. There is much truth in the quote by Maya Angelou: “We need much less than we think.”

The journey to seriously declutter started over a year ago. I discovered several items in our home not being used, just taking up space. I was happy to donate them to a local thrift store. Months later I realized I couldn’t remember what I gave away. Obviously those items were not missed nor needed.

My desire to declutter continued. It was frustrating to not easily find what was used and needed because of the excess stuff in closets, drawers, cupboards, and wherever else stuff got stored.

When I began watching videos on YouTube about decluttering, I got introduced to many women who had become experts on decluttering and organizing their homes. What they shared made perfect sense, and gave me encouragement. I was motivated to work towards the goal of having our home neat, clean, and organized. And what a blessing this has turned out to me. My husband told me recently that he appreciates all I’m doing to make our home a haven of rest. Yes; decluttering takes time an effort. But the rewards are great when you have everything you need compared to an overabundance of stuff.

Decluttering has enabled me to be mindful of what we have in our home. Do I need to get rid of everything? Of course not. It’s about learning to be content with what we have. And appreciate everything God gives us on a daily basis. When the Lord puts something new or better in our path; we can graciously give away the old, knowing what we give away, may bless someone else in need.

I hope my journey in decluttering has been encouraging. Let me a comment; I would love to hear from you.  

2 thoughts on “What Decluttering Has Taught Me”

  1. I agree with you about learning to be content with what we have.
    I can enjoy material items along this journey and I have also learned not to let items consume my life. I gave up stamp collecting but moved onto collecting post cards and shot glasses from my travels.
    I also enjoy sharing the blessings and passing gifts to others who could use items.
    Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you, full measure, pressed down and overflowing unto your lap. For the measure you use shall be used unto you.

    • Hi Lincee, thank you leaving a comment. It’s such a pleasure to hear from you. My goal this month is go through my Christmas decorations. Some haven’t been used in a few years so it’s time to donate them. The Lord has shown me time and time again the truth found in Luke 6:38. He has blessed me greatly so I, in turn, can bless others, and I find great joy in doing so.


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