|When it comes to organizing your home, Spring is not the only time of year when you should declutter your home – in fact, if you want to keep your property tidied and clean, you should put things in order daily.
But who has the time and motivation to organize their home every single day? Unless you are a clean or neat-freak, you won’t find it necessary to straighten out your property on a daily basis. Nevertheless, to declutter is important – if not on a daily basis, then at least on a weekly basis. Because clutter is not only ugly – it can seriously damage your health, too – both your physical and mental and spiritual health.
If you live in cluttered placed, you’ll may be less motivated, you may have higher anxiety levels and you may become easily irritated. That’s not all – clutter can even lead to depression and of course, bacteria and germs love clutter and dirt –that’s why those who live in dirty places are 10 times more likely to become ill than those who live in clean homes.
Now that you know cleaning is mandatory, and decluttering is really important, let’s set some rules. In essence, to declutter means to get rid of the things you no longer find useful. You can do that in two ways – either you can reuse the things you no longer find useful and turn them into something useful, or you can simply throw those stuff away – or donate them.
What can you reuse?
You don’t need to throw away everything you no longer need. A lot of your stuff can be reused, or they can be turned into irreplaceable possessions once again. You can reuse any glass object – any jar you don’t use can be turned into an adorable candle holder, or you can store your dry goods or your construction tools in these reusable glass jars.
You can also reuse your old clothes. Throwing away a stained blouse is not your only option – in fact, you can use your old/ripped/stained shirts to make a new shirt artfully add more stains. Your old towels can be recycled, too – you can turn your old towels into handy washcloths.
And that’s not all – you can also recycle your broken china and turn it into art. Try gluing pieces of a broken plate to your flowerpots and make them stand out, or you can add them as an ornament to a coffee table and even make a chandelier from your broken glasses. So, go ahead break a few plates and glasses and turn them into beautiful items your home needs.
What about items you can’t see or touch?
There’s another aspect of house-cleaning that involves the removal of things that will make you sick and your home smell something awful. These items show up not through your window or from old garbage in the bin, but through our behavior and sometimes those we come in contact with. You will know you have been contaminated because you will be angry all the time, never feel satisfied, need human validation all the time, sometimes your voice will sound like light funny sarcasm – but it will most assuredly sting the hearer. You’ll know your home has been invaded because there will be an unidentifiable odor of stench that bleach, and vinegar won’t be able to clear or mask. Even bugs yes bugs, may appear out of the blue for no reason. If you have observed some of the signs and symptoms know this – this dirt stems from sin. Are you involved with drugs or over indulgence in alcohol, are involved with someone’s husband or wife, are you engaging in sex with multiple partners, do you spend more time on social media than reading positive messages that are healing to you and your family, maybe you pretend you’re ok as you imitate other happy folk, do you now detest your best friend for no real reason? Don’t be fooled either thinking attending church once a week will do it or praying when you find yourself backed up against the wall or when things go wrong, this kind of cleaning requires us to really understand that we have no control – we must surrender all our ugly ways to God, our unforgiveness, our standoff-ness, our unwillingness to let things go, our inability to believe that our carnal way of dealing with a situation is better than your way, my pastor is the greatest thing since sliced bread, stop believing that since we know everything about the Word we can now fix you. Are you self-centered and unforgiving, perhaps you forgive and then say to yourself, “…but I won’t forget…” If so, then there may be a lil’ sin in your life and if you are like me and countless others, you may find that Spring cleaning in this area is not something we can get away with once a year or once a month, but this housecleaning must occur daily.
Let the declutter begin.