A few weeks ago, I got the harebrained idea to clean out our master closet. When I stopped to think about why in the world I would tackle such a project, I realized it was because I was overwhelmed by the mess and clutter that had accumulated in the closet. I was tired of having to step over things just to get to my clothes! I realized the only way there was going to be organization was if I cleaned it out completely. I had to take everything out in order to have a clean slate to be able to put in the things I really wanted in that space.
So I got a couple of trash bags and started sorting everything. I made piles in our bedroom of the items that would go back into the closet. I made piles of stuff in Charles's office that really belonged in there instead of the closet. I made piles of stuff in our Grand Central (my office space) of items I was giving away. When I was done, I could see that the walls were all beat up and full of holes from the shelving I had taken down. So I took things a step further and decided to prime and paint the walls. I wanted a truly blank canvas to work with. During this part of the process, I was reminded of the verse in Matthew where John is talking about Jesus giving us new life.
“I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” (Matthew 3:11, The Message)
But then, as soon as I started priming the walls, life happened! Between all the unforeseen distractions and responsibilities, several days passed where I just could not find the time to finish the project. I remember walking by the piles of junk everywhere and feeling overwhelmed by the work left to see the project to completion.
It got me thinking about this Spring Cleaning series we are in and the hard work of uncluttering our lives so that we can live the full, better-than-we-dreamed-of lives that God has planned for us. It is so easy to allow the daily stuff to distract us from Him. Sometimes it is easier to sit and stare at Facebook rather than write a blog post that is due tomorrow (I know nothing about that...wink, wink). The uncluttering is hard work and often isn't fun. But the effort we make to get rid of those distractions is so worth it! We get to step into a life that is designed just for us!
I did finally find the time to finish the closet project. And I love the results! I love the "ahh" peaceful feeling I get when I step into that uncluttered space. I have created a place for inspiration and mindfulness to start my day. I am thankful I took the time to clean it out and make space for the things that are truly important to me.