Mother nature sure has a way of reminding us of what is important. The pictures of the wind and flood damage from hurricane Irene show how quickly all our belongings can be destroyed. But ask anyone who has survived a disaster what they are grateful for and it’s always that their loved ones are safe, not the loss of their “things”.
I remember a few years ago when heavy rains caused flooding and sewer back-up at my mother-in-law’s condo basement.
She had a lot of photos, clothes, and other things she stored down there. She also had a lot of clutter that she never got around to getting rid of.
After it was all cleaned up she missed the photos and other memorabilia but that was all. She even felt relieved to be rid of all the junk. But she also felt bad because a lot of the things could have been given to a charity to bless others. Instead those items were wasted and ended up in the dumpster.
Now is a good time to take a look around your home and see what you can get rid of. Ask yourself a couple of questions.
- Would you miss this item if it was destroyed in a disaster?
- Do you even use this item or can you get rid of it now?
- If you aren’t using the item would it be something that someone else could use?
With all the flooding in the east coast I’m sure there will be many families in need of some of your extras you aren’t using. Check to see who is gathering up donations of clothing, household items, etc. in your area.
This is a great way to get rid of some of your clutter and share your good fortune and abundance with those who weren’t so lucky this past week.
To a lighter load along the way.