The Depression-era generation used to say, “Use it up. Wear it out. Make do. Do without.”
There’s wisdom in that. But a lot us should throw some stuff out.
Did you know that there are more self-storage facilities in America than there are McDonald’s restaurants? At last count, there were 48,500 self-storage facilities in America compared to 14,350 McDonald’s.
We’re bursting at the seams with stuff. Our homes should be places of comfort and peace. Instead, we’re overwhelmed with clutter.
What can you do about it? On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Getting Rid of the Clutter in Your Home,” author and popular guest Kathi Lipp is with us. She’s a self-proclaimed recovering “clutter-aholic.”
She’s got some great advice that will help you better understand the spiritual issues that are often behind clinging to your stuff. She’ll give practical tips for decluttering your space for a more relaxing atmosphere and will encourage you to seek relationships with the people around you, not with your things.
She’ll explain how to implement the 10 principles of a clutter-free home:
- Make clutter management a daily priority.
- Designate a place for everything.
- Don’t put it aside. Put it away.
- Stop being reactive and start being proactive.
- Don’t argue over stuff. Negotiate space.
- Don’t use storage as a way to delay decisions.
- Once you diagnose the clutter, you can dispense with it.
- Things are not relationships.
- Just-in-case thinking is impoverished thinking.
Kathi Lipp is the author of The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life. Let us put this resource into your hands. I’d like to do that for a gift of any amount. Give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459) or visit our website for more information. If you can’t afford it, we’ll find a way to get it to you.