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Abundance of Possessions

Does an abundance of possessions make one happy? Check out what the Bible says about it. quietworkings.com

When we moved into our house last April, I knew I needed to downsize some things I had so that I wouldn’t feel cluttered or have tons of things to store.  We moved into a mini home (or trailor) that is about 1100 sq feet.  Plenty of room for our family of 5.  There is no basement and no extra closets for storage.  I am totally fine with this.

I have become increasingly aware of how an abundance of “things” affects my mood from day to day, though.  If my house is cluttered I am anxious and sometimes quite grumpy.  When things are neat, tidy, and clean, I tend to be happier.

Abundance of Possessions Quietworkings.com

Getting rid of things, though, is not always an easy matter.  We get attached to books, to hobby supplies, to toys, to clothing – and giving those up can sometimes be difficult.

I have spent about 3 months so far going through clothes, books, toys, etc, just trying to weed out what is unnecessary.   I loved this verse when I saw it last week while reading through Luke 12:

Luke 12:15 - what the Bible says about having an abundance of possessions. Quietworkings.com

“A man’s life consisteth NOT in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

I find it is so easy to get caught up in seeing all these “things” that others have that we think we can’t live without.  We NEED that item in order to be happy.

BUT WE DON’T!!

One thing I have learned in getting rid of “stuff”, is that I’m actually happier without it!  I’m a collector.  I’ll freely admit that.  I collect fabric (I love to sew).  I collect soap supplies (I love soaping).   I collect books (Can I say I love reading?).  Collecting things could take over my life if I let them.  My husband received boxes of books from a relative a few years ago (he’s not a reader) and I went through them and kept all the books I thought I would “some day” read.  A year later, I realized how foolish that was.  We had bookshelves full of books that had never been touched and when I was honest with myself I knew I would never get around to reading 90% of them.  So I packed them all up and, surprisingly, that gave me room to clean up the kid’s books and have them neatly on a shelf instead of lying on their bedroom floors.  It was very freeing to do that.

I think great freedom can occur when we realize that we don’t need to be wrapped up in things.  I still have a long way to go to get my house to where I will be happy with the amount of items in it.  Getting things organized and stored properly will be such an amazing feeling.  Knowing that everything has a place and is in it will occur when I can get rid of the excess that doesn’t fit.  And accepting that my happiness is not wrapped up in these things will bring such great freedom to a cluttered life.

Do you feel overrun by clutter?  What would it take for you to experience the freedom of a clutter-free life?

Photo by Sean MacEntee

Amanda Cunningham

Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having two wonderful kids.She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun.While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community.Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and is hoping to start tutoring and teaching music again in the days to come.

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4 thoughts on “Abundance of Possessions

  1. Same! While nesting during my pregnancy, I went through so much stuff and every time, it felt SO good to get rid of it. A happier mama when there’s less clutter!

  2. Love this! I’m working on becoming a minimalist. Stuff takes over our lives so easily. I love how freeing it is to own less… Less stress, less mess, less work, less worry, the list could go on!

    1. Sooo true! I want to pare stuff down…but I’m working through the letting go part right now. My biggest issue right now is my piano. Part of me wants to keep it and part of me wants it to go. It takes up so. much. room (and it’s not even in tune) – but I recognize how important it is to teaching music, haha. Maybe when I can afford a keyboard I’ll get rid of it. A keyboard would take up much less space. =P

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