Clutterfree and Closets

There is a reason your mom always told you to pick up the main entrance before a friend came over. When it comes to memory the things we experience FIRST and LAST have a more lasting effect on our brains.  Therefore, the first impression is a true neurological experience, now explained by science.

Recently I visited a home for the first time. Upon entering the home the lights were dimmed with candles strategically lit throughout.  All items were put in their place and the decor was done with a purpose, i.e., not too many nik naks.  I commended our host for how clutter free the main living spaces felt and the peaceful effect it had upon our demeanor.  It was quite welcoming.

I kept reflecting on that feeling.  It is good for the body, mind and spirit to feel at peace. 

Our first impressions were so positive, we assumed our host was naturally disciplined with household order. 

As we were getting ready to settle in for the night our host offered to get some linens for us.  I offered to help and followed her to the hall closet, where promptly a stack of wrinkled linens tumbled onto the hall floor!

Evidently the same process had been used in the kitchen, our hostess ultimately admitted the items, which an hour before had littered the shelves, were quickly stuffed behind closed doors.

Often it is so easy to quickly put on a peaceful, orderly outward appearance.  In fact, throw on a few extra pieces of  jewelry or a scarf and it distracts even more from what is going on inside the closets of the soul and mind.

Yes, it takes time to build a clutter free interior.  It requires regular maintenance to insure that the pieces remain ordered or efficiently reorganized as additions are made.

An excellent resource for creating a clutter-free physical environment check out www.flylady.net

The best resource for your mental and spiritual decluttering is the Word of God.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT

Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. 1 Peter 2:12 NLT

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2 NIV 2011

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