Monday, August 30, 2010

Cleaning out!

Hi to all my friends who keep up with me and this blog! :) It's been awhile since I posted something, but I haven't forgotten about it. Just seems sometimes that I have nothing to post about. Anyway I hope you are having a fantastic wonderful day!

I am the type of person that can't stand clutter and mess. When my house is a mess it makes me go crazy. When my relationships with the people I love are a mess it makes me go crazy. I am the type who needs orderliness in my life. When things start getting out of control I freak out, I become depressed, and I'm just not happy. All I can do with the relationships in my life is do what Jesus wants me to do, and leave the rest up to God. But physical mess and clutter in my life is all my fault. I have really come to realize this lately, and I knew I needed to do something about it.

My fellow blogger and facebook friend, Bethany Kerr has inspired me to take some actions to take that clutter out of my life. You can find her blog here. Today I started my very first day of cleaning out. And I thought I would blog about it, and challenge you also to start cleaning out all that junk you don't need anymore. It just weighs us down in life, and face it, we all have too much stuff. I know I do, and I want to give back. God gives us all so much, and we are all hoarders to a certain degree. Cleaning out just makes us happier in the long run.

So let me show you what my husband and I did today. We cleaned out our clothes. He mainly focused on his closet, and I focused on my dresser drawers and closet. You wouldn't believe all we got rid of. I am an emotional hoarder, I guess if you would call me that. If something has sentimental value to it, I can't part with it. But I am really trying to work on that, and just realize that it's all just stuff. One day it's all going to burn anyway, and we can't take anything to Heaven. That's what I remind myself when I start to panic about throwing something out that has sentimental value to me.

I have kept bags and bags of clothes, and several weeks ago I cleaned out some, but I didn't clean out near enough. So today I did the rest. I didn't set myself a minimum or maximum amount of clothes I would throw out. I went through every single piece and asked myself, "Do I need this?" "Does it fit me?" "Do I ever wear it?"

So all in all I threw out 94 articles of clothes, 2 pair of pantyhose, 1 hat, 1 belt, and a pair of crocs (that I didn't even ever like but kept them "in case I need them one day" HA!)
Jeremiah threw out 42 articles of clothes, 2 hats, and 2 welding sleeves.
We also got rid of 2 curtains that were in my closet.

All in all we got rid of 147 things!!! WOW!!! And that's just on our first day of cleaning out. It's amazing how much stuff we can keep that just clutters up our home and lives.

I hope that this gives you some inspiration to also consider what you keep and maybe let some things go that you are not using and probably never will. Hope you all have an amazing day! God bless!


Here are some of the clothes we threw out.

Here are all the clothes we threw out.

Here all the clothes bagged up and ready to go to the thrift store.


Jackie said...

Wow and Wow!!!! Grandpa and I do this sometimes, especially when I just really insist. Now, likewise we need to clean out our thoughts emotions, memories and daily life. Wouldn't that be wonderful but is exceedingly difficult to accomplish. Grandma

Emily said...

Isn't it such a freeing feeling? I love it! I haven't done it with my stuff for awhile but I should again. It's amazing how things pile up so fast. :P :-)