Do you ever feel like the world is closing in on you? You know, your surroundings seem so chaotic, the only way you can describe your life is overwhelming, exhausting, and maybe even suffocating. You feel like you can’t breathe. It’s funny, as I was typing out the first two sentences of this post, my puppy and my daughter’s puppy were running around and barking like crazy. I actually found myself holding my breath as I was typing out the words of the very emotions I was currently experiencing and wanting to write about. For the life of me, I couldn’t focus on the mission that was right in front of me. It was chaotic and totally overwhelming. The noise was closing in on me, cluttering my thoughts, and stealing my focus. How fitting to be experiencing “clutter”, because it’s what I want us to talk about as we begin our journey together. You did know we were going on a journey, right? Yep, by reading this you pretty much are signing your life away to one of the most epic adventures.
Can I tell you a random fact about my life? I love to travel. Going to new places and exploring the world brings me great joy. Do you know what brings me even greater joy? Taking my friends and family to the very places I fall in love with. I can’t tell you how many times Jeremiah and I visit a new place and I am instantly planning a trip to bring my parents or kids back to experience. I want them to take in the beauty and experience the same epic adventure. This is how I feel now as I beg you to pack your bags and join me on a journey of removing the clutter in our lives and creating space to breathe. I ventured into the world of decluttering a couple of years ago and it made such a profound impact on my life. What started off as tidying up the kitchen and a few rooms of my house, turned into an extremely emotional experience that drastically changed my life. I realize that sounds super dramatic, but I am serious. I want you to experience this as well.
I began my obsession with decluttering after writing the book, 21 Days Of Prayer For Your Business. While in the process of writing, I could not, for the life of me, write while staying in my own home. I woke up one morning, packed my bags, and told my husband I was going to the beach and not coming home until the book was finished. Once I was at the beach, I had crystal-clear clarity and was laser focused. I did the same thing when filming the video series for the book. We spent a month at the same beach, and again, the videos just seemed to flow effortlessly. It became an ongoing joke over the next couple of years, that anytime I had a project to complete, I felt the need to flee my home. One day Jeremiah, my amazing husband, asked me what it was about the beach that appealed to me. It was more than the soothing sounds of the ocean and the beautiful scenery. What was drawing me? All I could think about was the beach house. There was zero clutter. The drawers and cabinets weren’t packed with random things. The closet held the few outfits I brought, which surprisingly was more than enough for our lengthy stay. As I sat and thought about the house, I took in a deep breath. Wait a minute, that was it. I felt like I had space to breathe. I wanted to experience that same feeling in my own home.
I would love to tell you the process of decluttering my home was easy, and now, two years later, every square inch of my house was astonishingly tidy. That would be fake news though. I can tell you I am leap years from where I started and extremely proud of the progress I made and continue to make on this journey. I like to call this a journey. I believe that word is what has helped me be successful and stick with the process of decluttering. We have been conditioned in our society to want things quick and instant, when in reality, I’m not sure that’s always the best for us. The process of decluttering became a very emotional experience for me. I wasn’t expecting tears to fall down my face and turn into deep sobs as I took pieces of papers and dropped them in the trash. Somehow purging tangible items, brought emotional clutter to the table that needed removing as well. The longer I stayed on the journey, the more things I discovered that needed to be removed from my life. The more I continued to remove, the deeper I felt I could breathe. I’m an open book, so trust me, I will be sharing many of those stories with you during our time together.
I will be completely upfront and honest with you. I don’t have a major game plan or itinerary for our travels. I have an overall view of where we are going. I know the destination we are aiming for, but not sure of all the twists and turns we will take in getting there. Whether you declutter one junk drawer or tackle your whole house, my prayer is your eyes are opened to how clutter can suffocate our lives. I guess the real question is, do we ever truly arrive? If perfection is what we are searching for, then no. We will never be able to fully remove all clutter and distractions from our lives, however we can be more mindful and intentional at what we allow to take up precious space in our lives. Will you take this first step with me? Will you start the ball rolling? I’m in this for the long haul with you. I can’t wait to see where the adventure takes us.
Here is how you can prepare for our adventure together. Make sure you are subscribed to our email list. I promise not to be crazy spammy. You will get at the most, one email a week. If you aren’t an email type person, I get it. Just make sure to check this website often for the most recent posts. I don’t want you to miss one step of the journey. Over the next couple of months, we will begin creating tons and tons of space as we declutter our surroundings. It’s going to be glorious. I would love to hear about your progress in the comments. If you want to kick it up to another level of fun, make sure to stay connected to my Facebook Page and/or my Instagram account. This will be a fun way to show off your progress and meet others who are along for the journey. Man, we are going to have loads of fun together. I hope you are just as excited as I am.
So, who’s with me? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and if you want a million gold stars, which you want them, they aren’t clutter, I promise, tell me in the comments how clutter makes you feel. What emotions aren’t brought to the table? Also, if you are an overachiever, on a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for this adventure? Game on. Let’s do this!