What junk to keep, share, and pitch? Lessons from organizing

My husband and I have been going through our junk. Maybe that should be spelled J-U-N-K, since we accumulated way too much of it in our more than twenty years in this house.

Who would’ve thought we could accumulate so many papers? Some of them are necessary. More than 99% should have been pitched years ago—except for tax returns and those kinds of things. Many of them have gone up in flames in late-night bonfires.

Who would have dreamed we would have boxes of books and toys from one of our children, now to go to our grandchildren?

How is it even possible we had clothes stashed in places I didn’t even know about?

Boxes for just in case, suitcases big and small, old garden boots, and much, much more.

As more bags get donated, trashed, and recycled, I wonder how we accumulated all this in the first place. What possessed us? Why did we hoard all this stuff?

The answer goes deep. What if we need it? Procrastination: we will get to this later. Storing for said child for the future. Making sure we have all legal paperwork, so not throwing away any of it.

None of this is necessarily wrong, but I have made some resolutions for the future:

  • Take care of papers as they come.
  • Organize other people’s stuff, if need be—in nice, sealable plastic boxes.
  • Trash junk—or give it away. As we all know, one man’s junk is another’s treasure.
  • Live towards minimalism, but not quite.

You see, I love decorations. I like the things that make a house look homey. Extreme Spartan living isn’t for me. (You may do it if you like; I’m only expressing my personal preference.) I like real houseplants, pretty dishes, candles, and a decorated mantle. Blue and white china makes me smile.

I got rid of my collections, and I’m not a bit sorry. (Never thought I could do that.) They got donated to a good cause, and I hope someone else enjoys them.

It’s time to start over and start new and hopefully, never, ever have boxes of papers or badly fitting clothing stashed in our house again.

This post isn’t just about organizing my home. It’s also about spiritual stuff. Unfortunately, it’s a lot like a house full of things.

There’s stuff we need to combat and trash: the devil’s darts, negative thought patterns and behaviors, a complaining spirit, and bitterness.

  • Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (Ephesians 6:16).
  • But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds (Colossians 3:8-9).
  • Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer (1 Corinthians 10:10).
  • Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice (Ephesians 4:31).

Some things can be recycled.

  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy (John 16:20).
  • And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
  • Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We need to save some stuff for others: wisdom gained over the years, biblical advice, blessings to share, a song of praise.

  • Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory (1 Corinthians 2:6-7).
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).

Beautiful, useful things should be saved and enjoyed.

  • Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
  • Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).

Above all, we’re to be content with what we have today. What do we really need? What God has supplied.

  • Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).

May God bless you, today.

4 Replies to “What junk to keep, share, and pitch? Lessons from organizing”

  1. Thank you for the timely advise. Going through things this morning and cleaning out and happened to see your post. Hope you are well

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