“Simple Gifts” was written by Elder Joseph Brackett while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine in 1848. Sometimes referred to as a Shaker hymn or work song, it is actually a dance song and referencing religious freedom.
For me, these lyrics often come to mind when I become overwhelmed and desire a different type of freedom. Freedom from clutter, Fisher Price, “to-do” lists!
Matthew 6: 19-21 also references freedom from materialism.
Treasure in Heaven. 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
Wow. “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Hmmm…
I really need to work on living this passage from Matthew. I have a basement full of stuff. Mostly baby stuff. Specifically, baby GIRL stuff. And although I was just positive I was going to be blessed with another daughter, God entrusted me with raising another son. A beautiful gift…just not the one I was expecting!
And so I have a basement full of Rubbermaid tubs storing precious baby girl outfits. Not to be worn again in this house. And I know that the right thing to do is to donate and bless another family with these cherished outfits, but I am finding it so difficult to part with them. There are a myriad of reasons, but in the end, none of them justify my hoarding of them.
So, as part of my efforts for Day 3 of Making Your Home a Haven, I committed 30 minutes to working in my basement to sort, save, and donate my darling daughter’s baby outfits. (By the way…I only hoard her baby clothes…not her toddler or preschool outfits! LOL) I have also scheduled 30 minute sessions throughout October, being both mindful and realistic of other commitments on certain days of this month. It is my hope to have her baby clothes ready for donation by Christmas. What a wonderful gift I could bestow on another family around the holidays!
What ways do you manage clutter, be it paper, toys, clothing, etc.? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. This week I am linking up with Monica from The Homespun Heart to share ways that I am making my home a haven for my husband, children, and myself. Feel free to join us or leave a comment here!
Blessings to all who drop by,