Living a minimalist lifestyle was something Tyler and I never gave much thought to before our trip to Europe and Africa. We are both somewhat of neat freaks, keeping our house organized and tidy. I thought we were on track when it came to living with less, as there was never much clutter. However, when we came home and began to settle back into our normal routines, we started noticing things around the house that were simply taking up space. Many things on our kitchen counter held no purpose, and yet, were still just sitting there with no actual use. I was annoyed. It was then that I began packing all the items we didn’t use into a box to give away. Since then, Tyler and I have been going through our belongings, picking out anything we haven’t used in the past year to give to someone who will.
Yesterday, I heard an amazing message at Cross Point Church. Pete Wilson and Lysa TerKeurst talked about Lysa’s book, The Best Yes, and how she’s removing clutter from her life in more ways than one. She discusses the importance of not over committing ourselves, but to focus on the people and things that matter most to us. When we overload our schedules, we spread ourselves thin, and are unable to give the appropriate love and attention to what or who is most important at that time.
Overwhelming yourself will just create underwhelming results.
This often hits home for many of us – Receiving continual text messages and phone calls throughout the day – “When can we meet up? When can we plan a trip together? Can we meet for coffee?” etc. Though we would love to always be available, and would like to say yes to everyone, we simply wouldn’t be able to fulfill our own needs, or the needs of those who truly require our attention. We must learn how to politely say no, and invest our time wisely in the people and things that are most important in our lives.
We’d love for you to leave us a comment below, and let us know how you choose to live with less.
To listen to the sermon, or find out where you can buy The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst, click the links below.
The Best Yes – By: Lysa TerKeurst
I Quit – Cross Point Sermon
Tips for living with less
1. Discard the duplicates. Go from room to room and anything you see 2 of, toss one.
2. Before you make a purchase. Ask yourself, “Do I want this? Or do I need this?
3. How often are you using it? If you have to ask yourself the last time you actually used a cooking utensil, piece of clothing, tool, etc. More than likely you forgot you even had that item or it will continue to never be used. Get rid of it.
Interesting statistic — we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. WOW. If this sounds like it fits your wardrobe, it might be time to clean out that closet.
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