Haven – Cleaning Up Clutter Challenge

 

Oh Courtney! How did you know?! We women are not so different from each other, are we? I woke up early with my husband this morning and do you know what caught my eye? His t-shirt and boots in the living room. Enter urge to nag and complain. I am especially glad that I refrained from that and refocused on enjoying our breakfast together because this is what my desk looked like this morning:

IMG_3555looking to my left

Notice I did light my candle first thing this morning.

 IMG_3556b somehow I don’t think this is what Max has in mind with his book title

Here’s week #3’s Challenge: List a few of the spots in your home that make you visually stressed because of all the clutter. Now go buy something for that spot – like a basket to put it all in! Work on cleaning up clutter. Throw things away. While you’re at it – clean up some clutter in your spiritual life. What gets in the way of your peace spiritually?

I think it is clear my desk is the place I need to start on de-cluttering. For me it’s more about finishing the tasks I start and that is exactly what will be happening for 90 solid minutes after this post is published. By next week I will share the ‘after’ pictures.

Visual clutter is actually one of the biggest hindrances to my spiritual peace. I constantly make mental lists of the things I ‘need’ to do. Seeing a book, pile of bills or business paperwork sends me off on tangents so that many things get started and few get completed. This distracts me from focused Bible study and having the peaceful spirit with my family that I desire.

These challenges have been great so far and I will be working on allowing God to be the focus this week more than the tasks I gravitate towards. Here are a our experiences from the challenge so far:

1. I’ve burned through almost all the candles we owned. Soon the only choice will be the “Christmas Cookie” scented ones. This could be detrimental to my weight so I may add a candle to the shopping list before month’s end. This habit of lighting a candle and praying for my family is one I want to carry forever.

2. Playing music in our home took on a different tone this week. I found it hard to have music playing while the kids are working on school since it distracts my daughter. Then we seem to be in a busy period where there are more phone calls, instruction and conversation going on prior to dinner. We are soon headed out for practices, Scouts or meetings. What did happen was an increase in the amount of time our children spent practicing their instruments. That is music to this mama’s ears! Our son is actually very good on the guitar and our daughter relaxes as she plays the piano. What better music to have playing than the music generated by your family?