At the end of July, I stripped my office of the dozens of newspapers taped to its walls.
I have been working in that office for six years and the newspaper clippings were among the multiple articles I wrote and photos I took, which were published in newspapers about my place of employment.
I remember when I first walked into the office six years ago and it just seemed bare and quite frankly drab. My office looked different from the boardroom. I needed inspiration. Those clippings, taped to those walls, became my inspiration. Those newspaper articles were cheering me on – further evidence of my God-given talent as a writer.
Over the past two to three years, I ran out of space and started posting the newspaper articles and photos – which were sometimes half or full page spreads – outside my office, on the corridor’s walls. I just took over! When I finally got an assistant, she followed suit and joined the paste-it-to-the-wall party!
One day, I decided I had enough. It took two-and-a-half hours to strip the walls of my office bare.
When done, my office space was in need of a splash of paint, but even with that reality, there was something refreshing about the clippings no longer being there. And guess what else? When I spoke, it felt as though my voice was bouncing off the walls. I literally heard myself clearer.
I had decluttered.
I’ve dumped those old, now yellow clippings in the garbage (I do however have black and white copies filed away over the years). I got a new paint job by the Maintenance department – even a new colour, which I LOVE! The only things I’ve since hung on my walls are two paintings (I love art!). Nothing else will hang from those walls. I now have a chic, clean-cut, simple, refreshing look.
Do you need to declutter? Do you need to strip the walls of your life of anything? Marathon Lifetime movies, empty, vain chatter, certain friends…habits (maybe gossiping, being coveteous, judgmental etc.)? What needs to come down? What needs to be ripped down?! Are some things in your life drowning you – muffling your voice? Do you need a new paint job?
God is waiting to help you declutter your life through His precious Son, Jesus Christ, who died on a cruel cross in our place. He is waiting with open arms to help. He’s just a prayer away.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. ~ Romans 8 v 37.
Growing in Christ,