In Part One of Pam Farrel's post about downsizing, she shared two important Organization UPGRADE questions she asked when downsizing to prepare to move in to a live-aboard boat. To review:
1. Is it in good shape, does it fit, and does it work?
2. Do I love it? Does it bring me joy or turn my heart toward a relationship with God or someone I love.
In PART TWO, Pam shares three more principles.
Pam continues . . .
3. Do I need it?
You don’t own your things, your things own you. Everything you possess has the ability to possess your time and energy—and space in your home.
Look to see if you have duplicates, and give the extra away to a young couple or a student moving into his or her first apartment.
As I began to give away our things, I prayed God would send people to me that I could bless. On just one day, two women—one a young mom with a toddler whose husband left her, and the other a grandmother who had one of her children and five of her grandchildren living with her—came my way.
Each had lost a home in a fire so they needed ANYTHING extra I was willing to part with. Giving away my furniture and household items to these precious women brought me joy!
Another day, one of my friends who works with international students at a Christian University, shared about a pastor’s family coming from Africa with several children, and they each only had one small bag. I was able to give them furniture and eight bags of clothes, cleaning products, personal care items and almost an entire kitchen full of gadgets and dishes.
It was an honor to have this courageous pastor and family eat off my humble plate.
4. Could I replace it in a fire?
My next door neighbor lost nearly everything she owned in a forest fire. And my friend, Carole Lewis, author of Give God A Year, lost her home and all its belongings in a hurricane.
Prayer-walking with these godly women gave me first-hand experience of what really was missed when all had been lost.
- They each shared that nearly ALL furniture and household items are easily replaced.
- But the one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments made by your son in second grade, or your marked-up Bibles and filled-in journals are irreplaceable.
5. Is it an heirloom or an item that validates a godly heritage?
It is likely you are much more attached to many of the things concerning your children (that you have been saving) than they are!
I found my daughters-in-law were more interested in the contents of the bins I had safeguarded for years than my sons. And when it came down to selecting and taking items to their homes, they each took only about a third of what I had saved.
What stood out to me the most is that our society gives WAY TOO MANY PARTICIPANT TROPHIES!
I took photos of many items of memorabilia, then gave these away to charities.
The things that were cherished and soaked with meaning, like family photo albums and videos, Bibles, family china and crystal, or art people had been inspired to create from the messages we taught—these were the cherished and valued pieces of our legacy.
Ask yourself, "Can I give NOW to those I love, rather than wait until after my death?"
By giving legacy items now, your words and prayers can accompany the gifts—creating yet another cherished memory.
Need, replacement and legacy—which of these factors will affect what you cherish and keep or what you release to bless others.
DON'T WAIT. Do it today.
Pam Farrel is author of 45 books including her newest, 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman: Success in Keeping It All Together. Pam gains most delight in time shared with people she loves, her husband (and co-author), Bill and her three sons and three daughters in law and 4 young grandchildren, who soon will all be vacationing on the boat which will be moored in Southern California. She also loves prayer walks on the beach with those women she mentors, other writers and her many cherished friends. Learn more about Pam at www.Love-wise.com.