Five Minute Friday: Mess

(I participate with a group of writers in a weekly “Five Minute Friday” writing exercise. In response to a word prompt, each writer sits down for five minutes for “no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.” This is also described as a sort of writing flash mob and a great form of “free therapy” )

Five Minute Friday: Mess


True confession.

I have lots of “stuff.”

Physical stuff.

Boxes of stuff.

Clothes that don’t fit any member of my family but are “sentimental.”

Knick knacks and doodads from vacations.

Mounds of Christmas decorations that we have not actually used in more than a decade when decorating for Christmas.

Electric and phone bill statements from 1997.

Most of us, if we are honest, don’t want people to “mess” with our “stuff.”

We don’t even want to mess with our stuff!

But, guess what?

Our “stuff” IS the mess.

The minimalism movement/philosophy has been resonating with me for a while now and I believe its time has come.

How much “stuff” do I really need?

How can I keep my “stuff” from “messing” with my ability to live fully, deeply and in the moment?

Matthew 16:25 tells us that “those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

Here’s what that verse says to my heart: I have accumulated lots of “stuff” during my life, but that stuff isn’t my life! All that stuff that I have saved, moved, categorized, organized and hauled around is not my life. The time it takes to save, move, categorize, organize and drag it around? That’s time I don’t spend LIVING my life RIGHT NOW! On top of that, all that stuff might be useful to somebody else as they are living THEIR life RIGHT NOW!

The hit song from the movie “Frozen” could be the anthem and theme song for minimalists everywhere.

“Let it Go!”


Storage closet crammed with lots of boxes and other stuff.