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My garage is a mess. It's filled with stuff. Lots and lots of stuff! It's been that way for a long time...too long! I am embarrassed at how bad it's gotten, but I'm going to share before pictures anyway.
(Warning: Messy and disorganized pictures coming up! Look away if you can't handle it!)
I have bags of clothes and books that are ready to be donated. Christmas decorations. Books and binders and school supplies. Empty boxes. Grocery store bags. A dresser. Chairs. Stuff. Stuff. Stuff. Everywhere. It's become a dumping ground for everything. I dread walking through my garage. It represents chaos. UGH!
I just finished an amazing book by Rob Bell called, How to Be Here. In this book he talks about cleaning and organizing. He says, "Clutter is the all those possessions you've got piled in the garage just in case you might new them someday. Even though it's been seven years since you first made those piles and haven't looked in them since." His advice about this is, "We are integrated beings, everything in our lives connecting with everything else...clean out the...garage...Be ruthless. If you don't use it, toss it." That's what I'm doing!
Cleaning feels good. As each item gets moved, I feel better and better. Cleaner. More in control. There's a lot. I get overwhelmed, but if I take it step by step, it will get done. Today I spent a few hours on it and this is what it looks like now...
Lunch bags are organized on the hooks. My cleaning supplies are organized, and I still have to return the booster seat I borrowed from when my niece was visiting. The piles in the front left need to be packed for donations. Half done and it feels good!
"It's extraordinary how even small changes in your exterior environment can deeply shape your interior life. Clean, intentional physical space can dramatically affect how calm your mind and heart are."
All quotes from "How To Be Here" by Rob Bell (pages 160-162)