Do you ever feel like clutter is taking over your life?
It could be in your home, your car, your kids’ rooms, your yard, or even in your heart and mind.
Clutter takes all of the fun out of life.
Clutter can steal our joy.
And, clutter can make life miserable.
But, it doesn’t have to!Clutter takes all of the fun out of life. Clutter can steal our joy. And, clutter can make life miserable. Click To Tweet
Discover How To Clear Out The Clutter in Your Life
Today, I am sharing an interview with a woman who is all about clearing out the clutter and getting your world back into order.
Her name is Shannon Upton. She’s a Christian speaker, author, and blogger who wants to help you clear out your spiritual clutter so you can fully enjoy your family and grow closer to the Lord.
Tell us about yourself.
Shannon – I’m a wife and mother of three with a passion for living life with intention. I was a high school teacher; now I educate my brothers and sisters in Christ through writing, speaking, and blogging.
I love to help people clear out the clutter in their schedules, homes, and spirits!
What’s your ministry story?
Shannon – When my second child was born, I developed a post-partum anxiety disorder and lived with it for four years before the Lord in His mercy healed me. During that time
I recognized how much a calm, orderly household helped me to cope with that kind
And as I opened up to other women, they would tell me about their own struggles with anxiety- worries that they weren’t the moms and wives and daughters of God that they should be.
The Lord used that time to teach me how to take my thoughts and feelings captive for Jesus Christ, and that’s something I want to share with other Christian women!
What is spiritual clutter?
Shannon – It’s those anxieties, worries, and fears that clutter up your mind and heart. The
things that make you think “I’ve got to remember to…” or worse, “Whoops, I should
have…” or “That’s driving me crazy!”
These things distract you from your family and distance you from God- but they don’t have to! Just a little organization—getting organized just enough for you—can really help!Just a little organization—getting organized just enough for you—can really help! Click To Tweet
How can we discover our spiritual clutter?
Shannon – If you spend just a few days really listening, you’ll hear it loud and clear. It will be those thoughts that tell you to procrastinate or avoid something distasteful. The
worry that a certain area of your life is getting out of control.
Those things you really want to remember but keep forgetting to do. A part of your house that’s just driving you bonkers. Or a part of your day that’s in a bad routine! And those
negative, getting down on yourself thoughts.
Once we discover our spiritual clutter, how can we begin to clear it out?
Shannon – The first thing I would do is start writing it down! Then take a look at it and decide if this really something you want to do something about? If it is, get it into your
organizational systems and set project time to get it done!
That’s what 90% of the Organizing You books are all about. If it’s not something that requires action, if it’s useless or hurtful, then surrender it to God. That’s what I really learned to do during that time of deep anxiety.
How organized is “organized enough?”
Shannon – Everyone is going to have a different level of organization that feels comfortable to them.
When it comes to home organization and actual clutter, I recommend that you stay just organized enough to satisfy the most structured person in your family, whether that’s more organized spouse, a child who does better with structure, or YOU!
For a personal organization like time and chore management, again I recommend the bare minimum that helps you to feel that “together” feeling. That’s why my systems are so flexible and I challenge you to make them unique.
How can our belongings give us spiritual clutter?
Shannon – Physical clutter in our homes can really clutter up our spirits! Every pile, every
overcrowded space is another item on our mental to-do list. It can affect our
relationships with our family members if different people in your home have
different tolerance to messes.
It can even affect our relationships with our friends because when our stuff gets out of control, we start to worry about what other people might think of us and stop having people over to our homes.
Even if your house isn’t that bad, clutter and mess, drawers and cupboards and closets hiding chaos, stuff that’s hard to find and harder to put away, can just bug you!Even if your house isn’t that bad, clutter and mess, drawers and cupboards and closets hiding chaos, stuff that’s hard to find and harder to put away, can just bug you! Click To Tweet
What does the Bible say about our stuff?
Shannon – Just as the Bible cautions us about loving money too much, I think it cautions us about loving our stuff too much. You may want to check out Mark 10 and the story of the Rich Young Ruler; his heart was too wrapped up in his riches to follow Christ.
We want to make sure that we’re not deriving our sense of security and contentment from the stuff we have, but rather from the God we serve. Indeed, we want to be sure we’re holding our things loosely and holding onto God tightly!We want to make sure that we’re not deriving our sense of security and contentment from the stuff we have, but rather from the God we serve. Click To Tweet
Where can we find out more about your books and your ministry?
Shannon – Please visit my blog, OrganizingJesusMoms.com, for more information about the “organizing you” books and a lot of free resources like printable Organizing You Planner Pages, the free group Bible studies, and Your Guide to a Vibrant Family Faith.
The “Organizing You” books are on Amazon. I’m also on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter under “ShannonKay4J.”
And, a very special treat today!
Shannon is giving away a copy of one of her books to Ministry of Hope readers.
To enter for the free book, just leave a brief comment in the “comments” section below.
Then, we will hold a random drawing for a winner!
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Discover How To Clear Out The Clutter in Your Life