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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Culling the Clutter Creatively turns the Chaos into Calm



After a couple of cups of coffee, I tackled the craziness of another day of culling through the clutter. I began in the crawl space, where I don’t actually have to crawl but rather lean over in the 4 foot high space. I can stand almost erect between the floor joists but lean lower under the duct work…but wished I’d have had a hardhat.

Over the 10 years of living here, this cave has become our catch-all storage area. Paint cans fill one of the three short shelving units. Several emergency containers of water on another. How and why we stored boxes of my husband’s outdated computers, printers, and books in there is beyond my achy back’s comprehension. 

With a prayer for Christ’s strength to accept the challenge before me, even move mountains, I scooted the heaviest ones across the floor—wishing they had casters—to the small opening. The more manageable ones, I carried in my curved position.  The movers won’t move things like paint, so I organized them in a crate. I stacked my husband’s tools of the trade (computers, books, etc.) so they're out of the way but conveniently located for him to sort and cull.

Next, I commenced to categorize my collection of baskets and seasonal decorations. Keeping about half, and I may see if anyone is having a garage sale where I can make a little cash from the rest.

Finally, I attacked the clutter of my youngest son’s keepsakes.

The pain of my back and the ache of my shoulders is agony but a reward of the chaos turned into calm. Knowing what I’ve accomplished …all things through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 nasb) brings joy to my soul.

“…I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you. [ 21 That kind of spirit comes out only if you use prayer and fasting.]” Matthew 17:20-21 (ncv)

[Here’s a big shout out “Thank You” to my Facebook friends who gave me wonderful “C” word suggestions dealing with moving to help me write this piece! I tried to use all the words but found a few of them difficult to work in…so here they are: crowded, change cleaning, communications, confusions, change of address, cat carriers, china, cranky, commitment, chardonnay, cabernet, and carpets]

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