Photo by Hamed Saber
I love springtime for so many reasons, but one of my favorites is that somehow, the cool breeze and warm sunshine motivate me to thrust open the curtains and get cleaning.
I write about this in my e-book, Spring Cleaning for Normal People, and in it, I share a three-step process to use in ten areas of your home over the span of two weeks. The idea is to work just a little bit each day for a few weeks, so that you don’t burn out or get overwhelmed before finishing.
This process deals with the physical clutter. It gives you practical ideas for dealing with the stuff.
But spring cleaning is merely a band-aid unless you frequently take some time to evaluate your inner life and heart. This is because holding on to clutter is merely a symptom of a deeper heart issue — and this is the place where the root needs to be nurtured and fertilized. And sometimes pruned.
As we manage the stuff in our homes that God has entrusted to us, the question for all of us is this — “Where do I put my trust?”
Do I put my trust in the stuff around me? Do I hold on to things because, all glory to God, I’m able to find a use for them around my home or they add beauty to our environment? Or do I hold on to things out of fear?
Photo by Stacy Bass