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A few years ago I feel like decluttering was the hot topic. Decluttering is simply about simplifying your life, but it is usually used in association with your space – whether it be a certain room in your home, closets, etc. Not sure if any of you watched Marie Kwondo's show or read her book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, ” but she talked a lot about keeping things in your life that Spark Joy. Well, last night, I thought of this very thing. I was scrolling through my Facebook page and our county’s public school parent page came up. While it has about 4.5K followers, there must be the same circle of posters that post to this page. This should be an informative page where we can share, stay up-to-date with what is going on, etc., especially in this physically disconnected environment, but my goodness it is one of the most venomous sites on my timeline. As I read the latest post, I literally thought, I gotta stop reading the discussions on this page. It reads like arguing children at recess, not responsible, respectful parents — let alone adults. I want to stay connected on the slim chance that helpful information is posted, but I decided it was time to leave this page. Thanks to Marie for helping me decide. I thought about Marie Kwondo’s approach to decluttering and asked myself, is this bringing me joy or anything positive or is it just adding angst to my timeline and my mind when I read it.

There are a lot of things in life that we hold onto on the hope that maybe it will add something positive. It could be a relationship, a job, to-dos that you really don’t need to do, activities, and even social media pages and groups. The things that are negative, fussy, and angry that don’t add any joy to our lives are just taking up space. They are cluttering our life, our mind, and our hearts. Sometimes we all need to just take stock and assess what types of energy we are allowing into our life. If something isn’t adding value or joy, we just might need to let it go and make room for things that will add joy, knowledge, comfort and peace. Sometimes the things that need to be decluttered aren’t the rooms in our homes or the shelves in our pantry, but rather the space of our lives and our spirits.

God wants us to be surrounded by things that pure, lovely, noble. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” What we keep in our life become the things that we allow into our thoughts. What things are bringing you joy and what things might you consider putting in the throw away pile? It’s time to declutter.

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