Saturday, July 17, 2010

Stockpiles




"People who don't consciously renounce unneeded, unloved purchases end up with stuff - piles of mediocre, creeping stuff that actually decreases their quality of life."
- Beck -

Buying it, storing it, cleaning it, sorting it, fixing it, thinking about it, moving it, arranging it, eyeing it, tripping over it ... all takes energy that just might better be used elsewhere.

3 Simple Questions About Your Stuff: 

1.  Do I use this?

2.  Do I need this?

3.  Do I love this?

"Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or - worse! - stolen by burglars.  Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it's safe from moth and rust and burglars.  It's obvious, isn't it?  the place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being"
- Matthew 6 (The Message).

You can't take it with you.

What do you want to do about it all?

Linda



6 comments:

  1. This is ME! However, I have had all good intentions for the past week that tomorrow I would actually be starting a carefully, dilligent organizational management of EVERYTHING, and I actually had planned to start the project tomorrow!!!!!

    How do you eat an elephant - one small bite at a time!!!!!! I will print a copy right now, two copies in fact, as a constant reminder!

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  2. These are very inspiration thoughts. Thanks!

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  3. I'm guessing that we don't use or need 80% of what we possess. Our stuff doesn't have to own us! We do have the power to decide what to do with those stockpiles.

    Thanks for your comment, Sarah!

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  4. This made me laugh because all weekend I have been decluttering my ridiculously cluttered family room (that wants to be a garage). A few minutes ago I came across a box that contained what looks like the contents of a junk drawer, a bunch of random paperwork, some vitamins and a jar of pickles. No joke! Pickles? Really?! I'll never figure this one out!

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  5. Keep on going! You'll never know what you'll discover!

    Thanks, Martha!

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  6. Maybe it's slow and steady that wins the race ... that lets us go through our possessions, ask ourselves a few questions, reflect on the memories. And then maybe we're released to decide if this item or that collection is really needed as we move into that next season, whatever that may be.

    Those big, major clean-outs and overhaul sessions only leave us overwhelmed and exhausted.

    Thanks for dropping by, Ashley!

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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