An article by Evangelist Nidicka Frederick
Spring is a time generally associated with a time of renewal. Change and organization are also associated with this particular time of year which is why the term “spring cleaning” is such a widely received activity and well-intention thing to do. Spring cleaning has a purpose. The goal is to put away the heavy materials needed to brave the colder months and to invite the airiness of springtime, welcoming its warmth. Clutter however can be the great undermining of such lightening of load. Clutter by definition is a collection of things kept in an untidy and disorganized space. Common synonyms for clutter might include messiness, disarray, or chaos. These are not words that you would want to associate with any part of your space whether personal or mental.
Clutter is a strange phenomenon because it can create both comfort and discouragement. For some, chaos is a sign of accomplishment. It shows that work is being done and implies a business that can’t be slowed down for the sake of tidiness. I have known people to say to me openly, “I’m most comfortable in my clutter.” But for others, clutter is indicative of an emotional, and sometimes spiritual heaviness and can cause anxiety and discouragement. This is the way I find myself when faced with my own personal clutter and I address this article to those who like myself find operating at optimal functionality impossible in the face of clutter. Let’s Talk about 5 ways to clean our cluttered mental, physical and spiritual spaces.
This may sound too obvious to pass for sound advice but know this-some people are mental, physical and spiritual hoarders! Have you ever struggled with throwing away things as useless as mail, clothes that don’t fit, or toys no longer in use? Have you ever had a difficult time letting a comment from a co-worker go, or hung on to an unkind comment from a spouse that was made in the heat of an argument? Or what about refusing to forgive a family member or a friend for an offense they committed years ago? Hoarding is a literal inability to let go. When you can’t release objects and emotions, you run the risk of collecting them and further allowing them to overrun your space. A collection of hurts, anxiety, fears, and useless possessions are binding and hinder your blessings of peace, health, faith and prosperity. Before you can even begin to declutter, you must first pray and ask God for the ability and strength through Him to let go.