Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many people say they want to get rid of clutter in their lives.
Let’s do it.
Let’s challenge ourselves to calm the chaos. It usually falls within one of these three categories:
— Physical stuff
— Emotional baggage
— Emotional stuff
My friend (let’s call him Matt) keeps everything… just in case. Even though he pays for a lawn service, he keeps every yard tool imaginable. His kitchen is filled with gadgets and appliances that are never used.
The problem is he is tired of the mountains of physical stuff littering his home but doesn’t know where to begin the process of cleaning it out.
It’s invisible but these insidious monsters muddle our brains and erode our souls. Anger, jealousy, guilt and other negative emotions rob us of peace, joy and even life.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just stuff those things in a bag and dump them into the trash?
The good news is there are tools to help get rid of negative emotions – meditation and prayer, journaling, talking it out with a friend or a professional, exercise, etc.
And then there’s my friend (we’ll call her Anna) who like many of us, manages to combine the emotions with the stuff. She keeps every school project, graded paper and artistic masterpiece her eight-year-old son brings home from school. She also has every baby tooth that has come out of his mouth, momentous outfits… like what he wore home from the hospital when he was born and what he wore for his first birthday party, first shoes, favorite toys, stuffed animals from the past and more.
She feels buried beneath all the memorabilia of her child’s past… and he’s only eight.
Do any or all of these sound familiar? I know I’ve accumulated plenty of junk from all three of these categories.
While I’ve purged much from my life, there is still plenty needed for more simplifying
Calm The Chaos Challenge
The challenge is to take at least three “chaos creators” out of your life every day for one week. They can all be from the same category or one from three different categories listed below (or click here for a handy pdf).
We’ve opened a new closed Facebook Group, Calm The Chaos Challenge, where we can all hang out and support each other.
Because the group is closed, your comments will stay within the pages of that group… they won’t be seen on your Facebook home page or elsewhere.
Anybody want to join us? If you do, click here and ask to join the group. It’s that simple. We’re going to leap into the fun on Monday, February 29 (when else?)!
Hope to see you there. It will be fun… and did we mention, it’s all free. 🙂
Chaos Throughout The Home
– Sentimental items – wedding dress, baby blankets, nursing pillow, memorabilia, old Christmas cards, childhood items, books, old photos
– Self-improvement items – books, puzzles, games, recipe books, exercise equipment and tools (from un-used yoga blocks to treadmills)
– Too many photographs
– Childhood memorabilia
– Excess toiletries – lotions, make-up, conditioners
– Expired medicine
– Last summer’s sunscreen
– Clothes you don’t wear or don’t need (i.e. duplicates or excess)
– Shoes you don’t wear or don’t need (i.e. duplicates or excess)
– Jackets and coats you don’t wear or don’t need (i.e. duplicates or excess)
– Hats, scarves, gloves you don’t wear or don’t need (i.e. duplicates or excess)
– Fad diet supplies
– Artificial sweeteners
– Highly processed foods
– Expired food and drinks
– Negative self-talk
– Limiting patterns
– Limiting beliefs
– Toxic relationships
– Excess fat
– Toxins that need to be sweated out
– Old files – invoices, receipts, bills, warranties,
– Office supplies
– Kid’s old projects, school papers, artwork
– Old computers, monitors, keyboards, etc.
– Old cell phones and landline phones
– Old cameras
– Old music devices (mp3 players, cassette tape players, etc.)
– VCRs, Tivos,
– Excessive amount of cables
– Old software CDs and manuals
– Unused and broken tools
– Old chemicals/paints
– Seasonal decorations not used anymore
– Toys/bikes, etc. that have been outgrown or discarded
– Unused gardening tools
– Unused sports equipment
– Appliances you never use
– Gadgets you never use
– Too many plates, cups, bowls, pots, pans, knives, flatware
– Platters and serving dishes that are never used
– Countertop knick-knacks that serve no purpose
– Recipe you never use
– Duplicates of gadgets you do use
– Crystal and china you never use
– Too many email/newsletter subscriptions
– Email inbox
– Delete poor quality/similar or duplicate pictures
– Delete music, movies, games you don’t play
– Clean up your desktop and sort items into folders not kept on your desktop
– Too many notifications on your iphone, ipad or desktop that distract you
Or name your own chaos! Let us know in the comments below if you can think of more chaos creators.