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By Kimberly Kralovic
When’s the last time you said yes to intentionality while decluttering your heart and soul? Perhaps having the urge to calm the overwhelm means sparking change within the walls of your home.
I didn’t always live with intentionality. Growing up, I felt significant stress and worry over stacks of bills and papers on every table. I couldn’t find my school books while sleeping next to a sea of clutter. The nights spent looking at the chaos and the weekends spent attempting to clean from the week prior were on repeat.
Every piece of me felt depressed, as I craved the typical, inevitable clutter, not the day-to-day tornado. I vowed to lead a healthier, more fulfilling life without going overboard. Decluttering your home also means decluttering your soul in the process, hand-in-hand. Luke 12:34 ESV says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Before I moved, I only took the essentials. Before my husband and I got married, we said goodbye to all that didn’t serve us anymore, thanks to Marie Kondo and other Netflix documentaries. While a minimalistic home culture isn’t for everyone, tiny changes can soothe the depths of your desires.
Living With Intention
While being a minimalist has its perks, it’s even more critical to establish sustainable boundaries. Living with intention means staying sane without sacrificing joy. Perhaps a new goal means freeing yourself from negativity while embracing a balanced lifestyle. Becoming a mini-minimalist means keeping visual heaven in front of you yet having a closet full of random odds and ends because time is also precious.
Being a mini-minimalist may mean keeping the top-notch essentials while still making room for life’s delights and forgetting the rest. Ask yourself if the item brings value, love and light into your space. Declutter the old, forgettable things that often go unnoticed.
Keep the memories that remind you of your wedding day. The artwork your family member painted with such love or the kid’s homemade craft from school. Buy that dreamy yet homey decoration for your bare wall, and smile every time you step into the lived-in hallway.
Saying yes to intentionality means cultivating a home life you’ve always envisioned. Make memories, traditions, and behaviors that your kids can pick up on and remember for life. Intentional living means not worrying about the mess but the message. It means feeling and savoring the good and saying no to soul-sucking items and behaviors.
Intentionality Is Sweeter Than Obsession
There’s a fine line between living with intention and creating a new obsession. So, when dishes pile up, junk invades your counter space, or when boxes unexpectedly accumulate, it’s time to re-evaluate as your heart starts beating louder. Breathe through the madness and choose battles wisely.
Overall, life is much sweeter when prioritizing spiritual treasures over physical ones. You may not remember what each day looks like, nor will your kids. However, the snapshots collectively mesh together as family memories bond and strengthen.
Give yourself grace in between the messy moments. Instead of thinking of everything that’s going wrong in a downhill spiral, think of ways you can also cultivate a wealth of living fully. Living an abundant and intentional life means embracing the good, bad, and the free.
Free yourself from labels, and remind yourself to live a life of importance. Live with intentionality by reacting with gentleness and loving wholeheartedly. Then, when you get the ball rolling with a new perspective, you can feel all the feels on a heightened level. That’s what an intentional life can bring to your home life.
Wife Step: Say yes to decluttering one area of your house while breathing a sigh of relief and comfort into your family’s soul.
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Kimberly Kralovic is a newlywed, writer, blogger and has a deep passion for encouraging women along the way. As an overcomer, she strives to touch souls with her authentic and impactful words, making others feel less alone in their journey while trusting God’s direction. Her tiny doses of happiness include hot cups of coffee, walking in nature, and all of life’s simple treasures.
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