Churches have a unique tendency to become cluttered, as I have blogged about before. But never underestimate the power of energetic volunteers! The goals: 1) make items accessible; 2) create dedicated space for pulpit robe and worship … [Read more...] about Church un-Cluttered
Clutter-free spaces communicate hospitality. The hotel industry understands this. Unfortunately, many churches don't. I'm on my way to a "Clean Up Day" at my church. I'm still quite new there -- since Labor Day -- and the church basement is in reasonably good shape. Still, it's always good to … [Read more...] about Church Clutter
It can be helpful/inspiring/hilarious to hear what other people are uncluttering. So far in 2015 my list has been quite tame, but here it is . . . . ~ a coffeemaker broke -- was dispatched to my husband's Middle School "Take It Apart Club" -- the intact coffeepot was donated and a new Mr. Coffee … [Read more...] about What Have You Uncluttered in 2015?
Chances are your church needs an income stream. Chances are it also needs to let go of something. What's the connection? America is good at holding onto things. According to an industry source: There is 7.3 sq.ft. of self storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation; thus, it is … [Read more...] about Self-Storage & Church Space
I'm a Presbyterian pastor who often talks about hospitality, sometimes in relation to one of my other passions, which is uncluttering. Last spring my husband and I took the practice of hospitality to a new level when we became Air Bnb hosts. Air Bnb is part of the sharing economy. Many people are … [Read more...] about Hospitality: What the Church Can Learn from Air Bnb
I love sleeping with the windows open. What a pleasure to wake to the birds and a breeze. The open-window time is, itself, a brief window of time, coming after the worst of the pollen has passed, and before the heat arrives. Open-window time makes me want to air out other parts of my … [Read more...] about Open-Window-Time: Spring Uncluttering
The fall is a time of new beginnings. The air is crisp, those new notebooks have uncreased covers, and the holidays loom, but not frighteningly so. All things seem possible! But is it hard to feel fresh in your home environment? Does your space support the kind of life you want to live? Or are … [Read more...] about Fall Is a Great Time to Organize
Refrigerator magnets. Overstuffed bookshelves. Piles of paper on the kitchen counter. To me, it's all visual clutter, and I say: Get rid of it! I like clean surfaces. A couple weeks ago we reorganized a section of our basement. After we cleared out some "stuff" we decided to get rid of the shelf … [Read more...] about Clutter Creep: Now you see it, Now you don’t!
One of my personal rules for the road to happiness is deceptively simple: Allow no mid-stations. Or another way to put it: Close the loop. The fact is: it's much easier to open loops than to close them. Getting the load of laundry into the washer is easier than transferring it the dryer. But a … [Read more...] about Close the Loop
I have a lot of notes. You too? I like to go places where people talk about some subject they're passionate about, and I furiously take notes. Usually these are writers talking about words, or theologians talking about scripture, or clergy talking about the life of faith within communities. I … [Read more...] about Uncluttering for Writers
How do you handle paper clutter? I don't mean bills and bank statements, because to me those are relatively easy to manage. For me, paper clutter is mainly things I've written: sermons, short stories, old letters, columns, articles, etc. Many of these predated my current computer, so I've had to … [Read more...] about What I Found In My Archive
As I unclutter the house, I fill a donation bag. It feels good to know that someone can make use of something I no longer need or want. I set an internal limit. If the item is worth $20 or more, I take a picture and post it on Craigslist. Last week I listed a number of items, including a pair of … [Read more...] about Clutter & Craigslist