Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening. (Alma 43:21)

If you are deep in trouble with clutter, you need the Lord’s help. You need miracles, and a bunch of them. You need the miracle of inner change that will help you change your circumstances. Those miracles can start with fervent, sincere prayer, constant prayer.

  • Pray about your confusion of what to keep and what to let go.
  • Pray for a different and better perspective of the purposes that your stuff should have in your life.
  • Pray about your worries about what you might need “just in case.”
  • Pray that you will be given the spiritual gifts of ingenuity and resourcefulness if a need for something you have let go suddenly arises.
  • Pray to have the spiritual gift of discernment and to acquire better judgment about your needs than you now have.
  • Pray to discover better criteria by which to judge how much is enough and what should be gotten rid of.
  • Pray to have stamina and endurance—mental, emotional, and physical—to deal with all the decisions you must make about your stuff.
  • Pray to be kind to yourself and not be judgmental of your past self as you begin to make different decisions from what you made in the past.
  • Pray to maintain your motivation during times when progress seems slow. Pray for renewal of desire to de-clutter.
  • Pray find disposal methods that are BOTH easiest AND wisest.
  • Pray to be led to people who can teach you good habits of dealing with stuff and who will teach you both by example and by edifying words.
  • Pray to find ways you can change your personal habits such that you won’t get in this predicament again.
  • Pray to find people who will validate your efforts and celebrate with you over your efforts.
  • Pray to feel peace and not fear.
  • Pray to be able to overcome temptation and any obstacle that might stand in your way to de-clutter.

For a story about how praying helped someone de-clutter, you can read my post “Prayer: the powerful tool for overcoming the fear of de-cluttering” on my blog Zion Space.

For a post about how de-cluttering involves repentance, you can read my post “De-cluttering and repentance” on that other blog as well.

If you want to see how clutter is closely related to idolatry, you can read the chapter from my book here.

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