Declutter

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Clutter is so powerful and I didn’t realise how powerful it was until last year August. One day I had a few minutes to spare and so I decided to clear my bed side table. In the process I fell asleep. In my sleep I heard the word “Declutter” loud and clear.  I woke up knowing that this was an instruction from God. I had been procastinating on a whole lot of stuff at the time and the thought of getting everything together was kind of overwhelming. I kept saying I need to be organised 
 
By God incidence, that monthI had embarked on a 10 day “debt free challenge” with people who wanted to join me on a journey to being debt free. I was on lesson five and I had a topic for that day. I went to my computer to write the lesson for the day and because I started each lesson with a quote, I googled debt repayment quotes. The first quote I saw was

 

“if you have debt, I’m willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too” – Suze Orman

 

I stared at the quote for a little bit and thought to myself, is this a coincidence or what. I know that there are no coincidences in life but only Gods incidences. 

 

Therefore, I decided to google the word declutter.

 

The Cambridge English dictionary says “Declutter is to remove things you do not need from a place, in order to make it more pleasant and more useful. “

 

Therefore, what we were doing by going through the debt free online course was that we were actually removing things “debt” that we didn’t need in our life and finances”. 

 

I knew it was not a coincidence that God asked me to declutter and I saw a quote linking debt to decluttering. Like I alluded to earlier, I don’t believe in coincidences but only God incidences. Therefore, I made up my mind to not just declutter my ‘debt” but to also declutter every part of my life. Declutter became the lesson five during the debt free challenge. 

 

What does clutter mean?

 

Merriam Webster.com defines clutter asa large amount of things that are not arranged in a neat or orderly way.

 

The free dictionary says clutter is “a confused or disordered state or collection;

 

Studies show that there is a correlation between stress and clutter. Organising actually boosts your physical and mental health.

 

I began decluttering my house. I decluttered each room, one after the other. It worked and I had peace that surpasses all understanding. It also translated to so many things in my life. That same year I became debt free. Another thing was I felt a strong urge to give out all the items we bought when I was pregnant for my third child. In the month of November I gave out the last items. By God incidence I found out first week in December that I was pregnant. I truly believe that when you declutter it makes room for new things. When you clutter and hoard things, there is no space for new things or even expansion. Matthew 25:21 says, “You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.” Another translation says, “Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things.”

Interms of my finances, I got an accountant and even an auditor and I began to try to be more faithful with managing my finances. This year the Lord has flooded me with so many great ideas business wise. I believe the decluttering exercise also made room for me.

Recently I have been having some interesting dreams which I didn’t quite understand and as I was writing this week’s lesson I received clarity and interpretation of those dreams. I still had something to declutter in my house. There is a particular room that I didn’t finish decluttering and honestly it has been on my mind. I may not realise it but the fact that I did not finish it caused mental clutter and it will affect my ability to have room to think and be productive in other areas of my life. I spent time decluttering that room and guess what. I found one of my greatest treasures. I found an old suitcase that had been there for almost 10 years. This suitcase led to the reconciliation of one of the relationships that was strained after I wrote my book “The Richer Woman”. I cannot imagine what this reconciliation has done in the spirit realm and how it has opened a way for Gods blessings to pour forth.

Even my clothes, now that I am pregnant I have to declutter some clothes again. I need to also ensure my house is free of clutter in anticipation of our new baby.

Tips for de-cluttering include

 

1. Being decisiveIt is important to make decisions quickly. When you you pick an item up, make a decision then and there about where it belongs,if you don’t need it then discard it. For me I need to make decisions about speaking invitations that I get. I cannot be every where and going everywhere will distract me from building my own vision and business/ministry. 
2. Say yes to yourself: This is definitely one tip that I must apply to myself. Every time you say yes to someone you are actually saying no to yourself. We can apply this to debt. Every time you spend your money on impluse you are saying yes to the seller and saying no to yourself. 
3. Declutter your calendar: Simplify your life by keeping a to do list (written not mental). Reduce activities on your calendar. Keep your vision as top priority and determine what are distractions and avoid those distractions,
4. Reduce information overload – With social media there is a flood of information coming to us per second. We are responding to watsapp messages, checking facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin, text messages, phone calls, emails etc. Our brains are working overtime. Last year I realised that I was following 1,700 people on Instagram. I had to go through my list and unfollow many of the accounts. It was taking so long and was exhausting to decide who to unfollow and so I decided to just unfollow everybody including my husband, brother and even my other accounts. I went to “0” following. Some people may think that is harsh but I just needed to do it to have clarity. There is a quote that says “where the purpose of a thing is not known abuse is inevitable”. Instagram is meant to be work for me and so its important for me to focus on that. Sometimes I find myself distracted by a post and I waste time that could be used to do something productive on that post. The same way to avoid getting into more debt, you may need to unfollow certain accounts that tempt you to spend more. I decided to start following accounts again and be more intentional with who I was following. 
5. Prioritise Even with a to do list it is important to prioritise. That way you are able to tackle the things that are most important to you.

 

 

In summary having a cluttered mind is actually worse than having a cluttered space. A cluttered mind is unfocused and would most likely get very little done. Symptoms of a cluttered mind include keeping a mental to do list, complaining, worrying, feeling overwhelmed, never getting tasks done etcFinally physical clutter leads to mental clutter and as you declutter your physical space, you will find that your mind is also decluttered.

 

I have decided that I would review my life again starting with my house and begin to declutter. It is going to be a lot of work but I’ll start with one portion at a time. As I declutter my house, I know that my mind will be decluttered and I’ll live a more healthy and fulfilled life.

 

Assignment

1. Read the article in the link below

https://www.terri.com/clutter-clean-out/

2. Watch the video in the link below 

https://www.terri.com/why-you-must-clean-up-and-clean-out/

Answer the following questions 

 

1. Is your mind full of clutter?
2. Is your house full of clutter?
3. What area of your life fro you feel is cluttered and needs decluttering
3. How can you begin to declutter?
4. What is the first thing you will start with?
5. Go through each room in your house staring with your bedroom nd spend atleast 20 minutes a day declutterin
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