I used to think that simplifying was a giant task. One that required me to give an entire week or month or longer to it's process. One that required me to have my entire house spotless before I could begin and that felt impossible to start because I knew I would never fully finish the purge.
And then this summer happened. We abruptly moved and were forced to simplify and it felt so good (and it didn't take forever!) and I realized that simplifying can be whatever you make it to be. It can be something that is long and tiring and overwhelming and never gets done. Or it can be something else. For me (because I've grown fond of simplifying), I try to make it something that is quick and easy and is good for my soul.
I'll be real with y'all. I struggle with wanting this world and all the things in it, and I have a lot of fears and guilt surrounding letting them go. I am fearful that even though I haven't used (or worn) this thing in three years the time will someday come when I may need this thing, and then I will feel guilty because if I still had the thing I could then use (or wear) that thing. But what really ends up happening is I let my fears and guilt and worry govern me. I let myself become enslaved in that fear and guilt and worry, rather than letting myself have freedom in those things.
Lately, I have been reminded of this scripture I memorized my freshman year of college:
"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
It might sound silly that we would bring scripture before a struggle to purge things as small as earrings, but, dear sister, none of your struggles are small to the Lord. He cares about it all. He cares about the desperate cries you share with him in your weakest moments, and he cares about the things that you may think are so tedious it doesn't even make sense to bring it to him in prayer. He wants to share the burden with you in all.the.things.
With that in mind and on my heart (and often on my lips), I take on the challenge to regularly simplify. Sometimes it's as big as cleaning out the garage. Sometimes it's as small as simplifying my jar of earrings.
Today it's the latter.
Since we moved (back in August, gasp!) all of my earrings were hanging out in a mason jar. I had way too many and they were all jumbled together so really it meant that I just wore one or two pairs that were always at the top and never really dug through the rest of them.
But I don't want to live like that.
So, I sat (while The Rose watched Frozen for the one millionth time) and picked out my most favorite earrings. The pairs that I wore regularly and loved and brought me joy. I limited them to be able to fit in a cute jewelry dish.
Embarrassingly enough I had close to 50 pairs of earrings (if not more) and purged about half of them. It took me about 30 minutes tops from start to finish.
And now I have a cute little display on my dresser, too.
I would love to hear your simplifying process, because I am new to all of this too and would love some thoughts and encouragement. I don't want to make simplifying into anything more than it is, but I do think the good Lord is using it to shape and mold me in so many ways deeper than just getting rid of my junk.
I love you ladies. Thanks for bearing with my heart today!