There is a reason we are on this earth. There is a reason we are all different, with different gifts, talents and abilities. But for many of us, we don’t believe we have the time to live out our purpose. Maybe you aren’t even sure what your purpose is…
I can tell you what it’s NOT:
Your purpose in life is NOT to be spending time shuffling clutter from one area to another.
Your purpose in life is NOT to be stressed and anxious.
Your purpose in life is NOT to be kept hidden behind the self-imposed persona that is reliant upon material goods.
Clutter steals so much of our time- either from the mental weight, depression and anxiety and tends to follow clutter, or from the physical time it takes to work around it. We spend time searching for keys, papers, bills, etc. because it’s lost in the piles, or we spend more time rearranging and shuffling the clutter than actually doing something productive.
From surveys conducted around the world, it’s estimated people spend 15-30 minutes per day searching for misplaced items.   That doesn’t even count all the time we spend rearranging clutter when we move from one project to another.
When we are able to streamline our possessions and minimize our time spent taking care of our belongings, it frees us up to do so much more wonderful things with our time.
When our home is not requiring our undivided attention, we are free to put our time into things we are passionate about. This may mean developing deeper relationships with God, our children and spouses. It may be working with a ministry or charitable organization you believe in. It may be writing a book, leading a study or getting education in something you are passionate about.
A cluttered schedule can also hinder us from fulfilling our calling.
Oftentimes, it’s easier to hide in the busyness we surround ourselves with, than to be vulnerable and face the challenges that will come when we “put ourselves out there”. We find our discomfort easier to deal with than the unknown.
Another side of clutter… is debt. Having cluttered finances often keeps us tied to jobs we hate, spending hours working on someone else’s goals. Removing the debt clutter from your life, frees up time and gives you the opportunity to be purposeful in choosing your occupation.
When we start clearing items from our lives, we begin to notice our consumption habits. We don’t have to spend hours shopping for deals- we don’t need anything. This frees up an immense amount of time and money.
And then, there is body clutter. This may be weight on our body that is preventing us from living the way we want, or lack of energy and being exhausted all the time from filling our body with clutter (cheap and unhealthy foods).
When I first started looking to minimalism as a lifestyle, I didn’t realize it encompassed every area of life. I know I started just looking towards a clean house- my desire was very simple in that, I knew the mess was causing stress emotionally and mentally and it was getting in the way of important relationships in my life. As I moved forward through decluttering and embraced more and more of a minimalist mindset, I was amazed at how it brought me clarity in living life with purpose.
Getting rid of physical clutter on our counters and in our closets, is just one of the steps. Minimalism is more than a streamlined home. It’s a life filled with purpose, with freedom and clarity.
If you ready to declutter your home, but want a guidebook to walk you through it, you can get a full set of workbooks here: 30 Days To A Clean & Organized Home
Is clutter standing in the way of your life purpose?