Lord, thank you for gifts of provision that you have so generously bestowed on me. May I show appreciation for them always remembering that they come from You. May I not be attached to the things of this world but to follow Paul, when he said “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are of the earth.” (Colossians 3:2) Amen.
“Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count. So don’t bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving. Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked.” ~ Robert A F Thurman
Remember the Rules.
I shall not get organized at the cost of my family’s budget or losing my sanity!
Review all you dreamed about your space notes. By reviewing them you’ll stay on track with your vision for your space. It will keep you from getting off track this week.
This will be the most time-consuming week. There will be a lot of thought involved as you take an inventory of the things you have accumulated. There will be thoughts and feelings attached to many things. This is the week to be bold, to make the choices without hesitation. Don’t think too long on an item, it will cause you to start second guessing yourself.
Get at least four boxes (more if you think you need them) and label them:
“I Use” This box is for things that you actually use but you want to put in a different place.
“I Move” This box is for things that should not be in your space. Things that should have a home in other rooms.
“I Share” This box is for things that are in good condition and you know you won’t use them. You don’t want to throw them in the trash so donate them to a church, childcare center, scout troop or other organization that uses crafting supplies. You’ll be giving back to the community and giving yourself more room in your space.
“Useless” This box is for things that are no use to anyone and are ready to be discarded. Be honest with yourself. Clutter breeds more clutter!
Take an inventory of your craft supplies and tools. Think about how often you really “use” each item.
Touch each item once, only once. Add to one of the four boxes.
As you add items to the “I Use” box, take notes about where the item is stored, where it would be more convenient for you to have it for use. Remember that organization is all about ease of use. It doesn’t matter how “pretty” something is if it’s not a natural space for an item.
As you add items to the “I Move” box remember that every item has a space, just not in this one.
As you add items to the “I Share” box, remember you are giving a gift to another.
As you add items to the “Useless” box, be ruthless. Each item in our lives takes a space. By giving up things that are useless you creating space for the things you really love.
When you are done taking an inventory of your items do the following:
Keep the “I Use” box in the room. These items will be put in their own space.
Take the “I Move” box out of the room. Put every item in it where it will be used most. Don’t put it off, it just may not get done.
Take the “I Share” box and put it somewhere where you will remember to take it to your chosen donation site. Schedule a day to take it, don’t just let it sit there, remember to share blessings within with others.
Take the “Useless” box to the trash. Not just in a corner, or in the garage, to the trash.
Express to the group your thoughts and feelings about releasing items that are no longer in your life.
I hope that by completing this week you will feel lighter, more open and more humble as you have seen all that God has blessed you with.
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