If you are discouraged by the state of your home, please don’t feel alone. I’ve been there, too, several years ago when we had 3, then 4, little ones and were going through a difficult time financially (it seems that stress attracts clutter). Don’t feel alone, but do work on finding your way out of your clutter. You will feel so much freedom once you let the things in your home go.
Don’t fear letting go. I have sent literally truckloads of donations to the Waterfront Rescue Mission, and I have yet to miss a single thing I sent away. In fact, when I needed to remember what I had donated for this year’s taxes, I found it very difficult to remember much at all! (TIP: Before donating items, if you’re going to use the tax deduction, take a digital camera photo of the contents of the box to help trigger your memory when you need to write up the deduction amounts.)
Once your home gets decluttered, you will find it easy to keep clean. Hospitality will be much easier to practice. You will no longer worry about unexpected visitors dropping by. Your toes will get hurt less. 🙂 And your children will be happier. After we decluttered most of our home, our 10-year-old said, “You know, we get in trouble less now.” It’s true, they do. Your husband will be happier, too, of course, and so will you! Best of all, you will have time….time that you’ve never had since childhood….time for creativity, to discover your interests, time to start a little business, time to sew or cook or learn how to cook and sew, time to act on others’ needs, time to visit with your Creator, and especially time to play with your family.
I said a prayer for you just now!