Last week, I was chatting with a good friend of mine, and she started sharing her experience about living in excess. She had recently moved, and she was sharing her testimony of how God revealed to her all of the waste in her life in the form of shoes in her closet that had never been worn and clothes that still had the labels on them from a few years ago. During her move, she gave away numerous items like this, ridding herself of the excess.

This conversation hit home with me, because my husband and I were having a similar conversation and had recently committed to cleaning out our storage areas. They are overflowing, and there are items in those areas that haven’t been used for years -some even sitting there on the shelf in a box for over twenty years. To illustrate how irritating this is for me when I walk into our storage areas, it feels like I’m a borderline hoarder. I’ve never been able to watch the reality show, Hoarders, because it stresses me out to see a home in such disarray with nothing more than a path to walk through. Given my feelings on having excess stuff, we have committed to cleaning out these storage spaces and divesting ourselves of the things we possess that we haven’t used in the last three years. A few things we are selling online, but most clothes and household items will be donated to local non-profit organizations, so someone can get use out of these items. The quotes below are great reminders during our cleaning out process, so that we stay focused on what is important:

“Your home is living space, not storage space.”
― Francine Jay

“I can amass countless fortunes and yet stand with empty hands. I can seek God and have fortunes that fill countless hands.”
― Craig D. LounsbroughFlecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple