Today Miranda (with color commentary from Jordan) is going to tell you how and why you need to get rid of stuff. Miranda is a huge proponent of having a clean and clear home.

We talked about her strive towards minimalism in a previous podcast episode, but we wanted to share more.

In particular, we want to talk about stuff. We all have it, and we want to talk about the effects it has on our lives.

Miranda shares:

  1. Stuff takes up not only physical space, but also mental space as well. How is this so? It’s hard to get stuff done if we have a lot of physical stuff around clogging up our work space and home.
  2. It’s not about getting rid of everything, no way! It’s about clearing a space in your life for more important things like time with family, time with God, and time spent reaching your goals. Stuff isn’t bad in and of itself, what’s bad is having too much of it.
  3. It’s a huge deal what you buy and what you put in your home. We are consumers and accumulators by nature, and again that’s not all bad, but if it’s not managed and kept under control it can get out of hand.
  4. Want a quick win? Start with your clothes and go from there. Give away clothes that you don’t need that are piling up and cluttering your life. Get a trash bag and pick a few things and get rid of them NOW.
  5. You can look awesome and stylish for cheap.
  6. This is especially important for Christian’s to get right. We are not supposed to store up treasures here on this earth, we are supposed to be storing up and looking forward to treasures in heaven.

    Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

  7. You leave a legacy by the lives you touch, not by all of the creepy dolls you keep in your closet.
  8. DON’T keep giant Tupperware containers full of photos. Turnem or burnem. Sort them or get rid of them. Don’t just keep stuff around just because you don’t know what to do with it or “you’ll need it someday.”
  9. Live in a way that you aren’t only consuming, but also in a way where you are creating and giving back.
  10. Giving stuff away and having less encourages community. Need a ride? Ask. Need a certain tool? Ask! People are usually more than happy to lend a hand or share what they have. We all don’t need a full set of top of the line power tools.
  11. Giving stuff away helps you learn to value your time.
  12. What can you make it without?

Best of luck to you, and thanks for listening!

-Jordan and Miranda

PS: Need help to downsize, organize and thrive? You can see Miranda’s course here:

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