Decluttering life

cluttered office

The above picture shows the state of my office last week.  It was an absolute mess!    Now, this mess didn’t happen over night.  It took some time to get my office into this state.

I am ashamed to admit it but it had been almost 2 years since I last cleaned it.

Finally after some prodding from others I decided to clean it up.  I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so I enlisted my fabulous wife Lauren to help me.

I couldn’t believe the things that we found:

  • 12 empty ink cartridges for my colour printer.
  • 5 empty canvas bags (obviously used to bring in all the junk into my office).
  • 4 bible study curriculum’s.
  • A broken DVD player.
  • The box and instructions for the new DVD player that I bought to replace the old one.
  • Old Sunday School material.
  • Prizes from past events.
  • Empty boxes (probably used to bring in more junk).
  • A box of paper.
  • Many many books.

It took some hard work but I am happy to say that we were able to get my office decluttered! Now I need to work on my vehicle!

office after

De-cluttering life

Just like my office, left unchecked, my life can tend to get cluttered over time too.  I can fill it with all kinds of things and eventually it becomes a cluttered mess.

Now, not all the things I fill my life with are bad.  Many of them are actually good.

The problem comes when I fill my life so full that there is no more room to move or to breathe. 

When I find myself in this state (and I have often) I need to do some decluttering.

I need to take the time to evaluate what things are the most important and what things can be removed in order to allow some more breathing room.

I have found that doing this brings about a renewed sense of strength and purpose.

Is there any clutter in your life right now that needs to be removed?

Categories: Personal growth


  • Rick Morgan says:

    You didn’t mention that God is not the author of confusion. Just knew that would come up. 😀

  • My biggest “clutteriness” is usually connected to my knee-jerk habit when something is tossed my way to help suddenly. [My husband refers to it as “throwing myself on other people’s grenades”.] Yes, my home office gets pretty messy; so does Dave’s. Why? Because we both are so side-tracked by other needs and other phases of our own ministries. [The fact that one of Dave’s ministries is computer fixing/building and keeps getting piles of stuff given to him is one of the reasons why he ends up with so much junk.]

    We are both trying to stay ahead of the messy life, but, as I said before, are so needingly side-tracked.

    You, BTW, have one lovely wife. If she helped do all of that w/o screaming at you, you came out really blessed.

  • Perry Davis says:

    Hello Kevin

    Most people have clutter including me. So I find your article very interesting. Reading your post reminded me of this quote,”“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” by Albert Einstein.


    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City

  • Mika Castro says:

    As Donald Horban said, “We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.”

  • Nile says:

    I schedule a major cleanup once a month around my own desk… I am just as guilty and was laughing. I definitely agree, uncluttering for your own life just takes stepping back and thinking of what you need to do in order to get back on track. 🙂

  • Marni Arnold says:

    This is a reoccurring theme it seems for many…including myself. Once again the concept of margin is brought to the table…one I believe is pertinent to our over-scheduled lifestyles today (and I also include social media in this mix).

    We need margin in all aspects of our lives if we’re to be productive and function properly. Oh the delicate balance that constantly needs to be maintained. Whew!

    Congrats on the success of purging the office! It looks great…and I bet it feels amazing to work in, too! 🙂

    • Margin in life is indeed critical to functioning properly. This is something that I am continually working on.

      And yes it does feel amazing to work in a clean an organized office. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing Marni!

  • It’s hard for me to be productive and effective in an environment like that and that same for my life. Funny thing is it may take me weeks or months to decide “enough is enough” so that I take the time to clean it, but I will lose hours and hours of productivity because things are so scattered. Yes to decluttering! Thanks Kevin.

  • RevCollins says:

    It is funny that you would write this because that is exactky what God and my wife have been doing for me. I recently did a small declutering of my desk. Feels good! Now I just have the garage to do 🙁

    This also goes right along with the post I wrote recently about priorities. God has really been pricking at my heart to make sure that all my priorities are in order. Not alwyas easy to look at the reality of life.

  • floyd says:

    I have the same tendencies. I don’t pay attention to the details and pretty soon the clutter in my life won’t allow me to see anything, including the truth. Thank God literally for our wives!

    Thumbs up to you and Jason for the plug.

    • I will second your “thank God literally for our wives!” 🙂

      God has definitely blessed me with a fabulous wife and I am so thankful for her!

      Thanks for adding to the discussion Floyd!

  • Michael says:

    Clutter is such a pernicious part of my office. It seems like I have piles of half finished projects all over the place. On the chairs, on the bookshelves and all over the floor. Then it gets to point where it does feel like I cannot breathe and I know I have to stop working on what I’m doing to take some time to straighten stuff up.

    Same thing with my thoughts too. i get thinking about so many things, it is almost as if i can’t shut my mind off at night, and then I know I have to spend some time thinking through the half finished thoughts in my mind. Then I get to sleep much easier.

    • It is definitely easy to lose focus in the midst of clutter. I have to say that I have found it much easier to focus since cleaning my office. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing Michael!

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