Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest! – Great post to share

If you don’t follow EnglishRose2014, she’s a good person to follow. I came across this post yesterday and had to share. What a beautiful statement and reminder about what the upcoming weeks are about. Jesus is alive!

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Day 187 of Donate:365

And, we are just truckin’ along!

Today, I hung up a picture. It was on a bookshelf, but my cats went haywire and flattened the poor thing that makes it stand up. So, instead of throwing it away; instead of donating it (it’s broken so that’s not cool), I hung it on a stray nail so it can still be used and loved.

Yesterday, my aunt came by. Family is the best way to get rid of stuff I’ve decided. It’s like opening your house up like K-Mart.

“We have a special on quilt racks on aisle 4.”

So my dear sweet aunt lovingly accepted our quilt rack and will now repurpose it as a chicken roost! People are genius!!! I never thought of that. I kinda got sad that I didn’t think of that myself as we want chickens, but since we do not currently have these said chickens….

Why the heck do I need a quilt rack chicken roost????????

I seriously have a hoarding problem.

But, with God, I am clearing out my stuff. Let’s do this!

Today, I have an entire bin full of donation items! YAY!!!! I need to transfer them to trash bags and load them in the car. That is my job this morning.

Day 187 of Donate:365

God is awesome! We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. If you have a hoarding problem, or are in need of getting rid of stuff, comment and I will encourage you all the way.

Be blessed today!

~Chelle

Technically it’s Day 185 of Donate:365

My how time flies!

I can’t believe it’s Day 185 of my minimalist journey.

And, sadly, I still have a lot of stuff!

I’m really feeling it now. The sense that my stuff is hindering me from living my life. That it is separating me from happiness and God.

You see, I can’t have people over, I can’t relax and just be, I can’t stop worrying that someone will show up and see all this stuff. But, I also don’t have the motivation to go through it all.

That’s why I started this. To slowly and safely get rid of all my stuff. And, it’s working! Sometimes slower than I would like. But, none the less, it’s working.

I will keep trudging along this path. I took five bags of stuff to a donation site today!!!!! I’m so excited! I have a bunch more to drop off this week. I will post new pics ASAP.

Here’s to Day 185!

~Chelle

Donate:365 – The hold our stuff has on us.

I am continuously amazed by the hold my stuff has on me. No one to blame but myself.

Yesterday, I went through a duffel bag and found a ton of clothes that I can no longer fit it…or need.

But what did I do?

Go through each item checking it’s size, weight and serial number.

Sad.

Sad, because I no longer wear this much smaller size, but mostly because I actually took the time to go through this bag of clothes that has been in storage for about 6 years.

Seriously.

I disgust myself at times.

I even found a pair of shorts my flesh wanted to keep. Shorts. Really?

I haven’t worn shorts in 6 years, either.

They aren’t even cute shorts.

Why does stuff have such control of me? Is it a feeling I may “do without?” Is it because “one day I may need them?”

I just don’t get it. Why is this pull so strong? It truly comes down to not trusting God. I don’t trust Him to provide my every need. God says in Matthew 6:19-21 —

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

He also says…

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

My God loves me enough to provide and supply for my every need. He promises that in His word. I no longer need to hoard, to scavenge, to worry. He stockpiles my goodness and showers me with it when I need it. It is no longer my job to secure my happiness. My happiness is in Him.

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? I pray today that you receive Him into your heart and truly realize the rich gifts He has for you. You no longer have need, lack or want. All you have and need is Jesus.

Today, I give all my stuff to Him and receive a renewed trust in Him. He is my sustainer and my provider. He is whole and complete, and I love Him for who He is, not what He does.

I promise that today I will get rid of everything I don’t need. God wants us to get rid of a desk we are holding on to. Today, I will clean it off and get it ready. I am so excited!!!!! I am free!

Praise Him!

~Chelle

The Stuff Accumulation Effect

My stuff seems to explode.

I could sit on the couch all day, and my ottoman would be overrun with papers and clothes. My kitchen table would stack high of books, clothes, papers, crayons, and maybe the occasional plate or cup.

My vanity would overflow with makeup, hair products, books, and papers.

All while I sit on my couch perusing the Internet.

How does this happen? Does it happen to you?

I realized yesterday that I cannot fully enjoy life because I am too busy dealing with stuff. It saddened my heart to realize that instead of hiking, drawing or writing, I was confined to doing laundry. Please know I do realize that I can hike, draw and write at any time, and that my laundry and stuff will be there upon my return. BUT, all I can think about while I’m writing, drawing and hiking is the sad fact that when I return home, that pile of laundry will still be there.

I want to be in a place where my stuff no longer rules my existence. Where it’s not even thought of. Where my day does not revolve around, “I need to get this or that done before I can go outside.”

I want a nice, neat home free of clutter that I have to keep moving around to do things. I want all my clothes in my closet and drawers and not hung up in my bathroom, behind doors, or piled on our desk.

I want to use my desk for a desk.

After all these years of blogging about downsizing, I still have a long way to go to get there. But, I know I will get there. I want freedom. Freedom from stuff. It CAN happen, and it WILL happen. I’m ready for it!

So today, I will get rid of one more bag of stuff. I can do it! I’m going around with the trash bag now. You can do it, too. Just do it. It will make you breathe easier.

Praying for the day I can leave my house whenever I please and not worry that people may come over.

~Chelle

Donate:365 — 4 bags down, 4,065 to go

Downsizing is difficult.

I don’t know about you, but my stuff multiplies like mutants in a SyFy movie.

Today, I got rid of four bags of stuff to make up for the days I’ve been missing. I am back on track now, and ready to go.

Things we donated:

~Clothes
~Jewelry
~Stuffed animals
~Dolls
~More stuffed animals
~Shoes

It was a good day. And, tomorrow will be even better! Stay tuned. My goal is to have four more bags to share with you about. I’m ready to roll around here. We have to get this placed cleaned out. It’s time. :)

Be blessed tonight and always.

~Chelle

Donate:365 Where have I been?

On vacation!!!!

And, it was fun, too!

But, upon my return, my house exploded into heaps of clothes, papers and what nots, which can only mean one thing…

I have too much stuff!!!

So, today — to make up for all the days I missed while vacating — I will donate a pile of stuff and get it out of our home.

YAY! I’ll post a pic later. Be blessed today! And, keep donating. It’s easy! Just get rid of one thing a day.

God bless you!

~Chelle

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