Looking for something specific in a house that’s filled with clutter can be just like looking for a needle in a haystack. More than once I lost time-sensitive papers, keys to the van (when we were already running late), or some other needed item in the sea of clutter we called home.
Too many times to count, I would buy more tweezers, more nail clippers, more wipes, more pens, or more socks because I couldn’t find the ones I already had in our house.
What a waste…
PERRGEing your house reveals things you thought were gone forever (and other things you forgot about altogether). It’s like a “reset” on your house… another chance to start over… and an opportunity to find what’s been lost, including your dream of having a home that is peaceful.
The next step of The PERRGE is to REUNITE all those missing pieces from the FIND box(es), and get rid of the things that aren’t a complete set. This step is fast AND easy! Simply, dump out the FIND box (if there’s more than one, just do one at time) and REUNITE all the missing items from the box.
When you’ve matched everything that you can, put everything still “missing” back into the FIND box. This includes any of the items you want to KEEP but are still “missing” a designated place that works with the purpose of a room you’re trying to FIND in your home.
ONE MORE THING…
Once you’ve PERRGEd a few rooms in your home, if you have something you want to keep and it would work great in a room you’ve already PERRGEed, go ahead and take it into that room and put it in its designated place immediately HOWEVER, if there’s no place for it, you have three choices…
- put it into the GIVE box to bless someone else
- put it into the THROW box to let it go for good (one less thing to dust!)
- or put it back into the FIND box until you find another place for it in your house.
FINDING SOMETHING MORE IN LESS
I remember how sick I would feel when my husband wouldn’t be able to find something in our cluttered mess. I wanted to cry every time he would ask me where something was… because his guess was as good as mine. Things didn’t have a designated place, so they would wind up wherever they landed or were left… so as I searched through pile after pile and opened tote after tote, I felt like a complete failure… every time.
For so many years the external clutter shaped my thoughts, and in those helpless moments, I believed the lies telling me I would never get my act together. As the clutter in my mind accumulated, I was convinced I’d let my husband down in irreparable ways and that my children would forever be scarred and carry on traits that would enslave them to clutter forever… because of me.
The internal part of REUNITEing is to get rid of all the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that have don’t belong in the purpose of your life. Yes, YOU have a purpose, just like every room in your home… but you’ve allowed clutter to pile up and distract you from being and doing all that you were created to.
Stop looking at what you’ve become… and REUNITE your heart, mind, and soul with the purpose God has for you. It’s time to FIND what has been lost… including YOU. NOTHING that takes that away is worth keeping. It’s time to let the clutter go and FIND something more in less!
What lies have you believed? What negative thoughts have you been allowing to take up space in your mind? What damaging beliefs have kept you from just being yourself? What painful feelings have you been carrying? Take your journal out and write a letter to yourself about who YOU are. (If you struggle with this, think of what you would say to someone you love deeply and want to encourage… because that’s exactly what you’re doing.)
“You are amazing… you are strong… you are someone who can accomplish anything she puts her mind to…”
It’s time to REUNITE your self (heart, mind, and soul) with the purpose God has for you! You’re doing great and getting rid of so much clutter! Don’t allow the clutter inside to ruin all your work! And, to celebrate being more than half way through The PERRGE, do something special for yourself! No, I haven’t forgotten about the “no more” challenge… but I’m giving you permission to do ONE special something for yourself (as long as you do not buy anything to bring into your home)!
- Get your nails done
- Enjoy a relaxing massage
- Treat yourself to an ice-cream treat
- Soak in a nice hot bubble bath
- Watch a movie with your kiddos & your favorite candy
Whohoooooooooooo! You’re almost there… and you’re finding so much more than just lost items as you PERRGE your home, aren’t you? Take some time to write down on how good it feels to be making such great progress and breaking free from the clutter that has been keeping you from turning your house into a home!
- ITEMS NEEDED: The PERRGE List (printed out), and the GIVE, THROW, and FIND box(es) in the room you’re working in.
Dump out the items from the FIND box. (If there’s more than one, just do one at time.)
REUNITE any items together that are no longer “lost”.
Put any of the remaining items that are still missing pieces, back into the FIND box for the next room you’ll be working in. (This includes any of the items you want to KEEP but are still “missing” a designated place that works with the purpose of a room you’re trying to FIND in your home.)
NOTE: When you get to the very last room of your house, any items from the FIND box that are still missing pieces, parts, or matches, now belong in the THROW box. Remember, clutter accumulates because it doesn’t have a designated place so, don’t allow these missing pieces that have no place to remain in your PERRGEd home!
IF YOU’RE A MOM…
Include your kiddos by letting them help you match missing items. When helping them in their room, allow them to THROW any puzzles, toys, or socks that no longer have matches (without any guilt).
YOUR NEXT STEP: When the Time Has Come to GO THROUGH Your Clutter
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