Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris

have nothingWhat can you NOT live without?  No, Really, think about it.  We have all probably thought about what we would grab if the house caught on fire and we only had time to grab a handful of things.  If you haven’t, think about it for a second.  Ok, now think about what you use on a day-to-day basis.

This is our new adjusted way of thinking!  How often do we use a particular item?  Do we NEED it, WANT it, or does it have some significant meaning or value?  Is there a better way to keep something but not have it take up valuable space? (i.e. movies, books, music, pictures, kids drawings, special mementos of childhood, etc)  We’ve also started to mentally categorize what we have and like, things that are useful, but are not absolutely necessary versus what we really don’t want to live without and use a lot.

machinesAs a personal trainer, building my fitness equipment and business slowly, this can be a hard one for me.  I really like my dumbbell set, treadmill, aerobic stepper, bench, and other large or heavy items, but do I absolutely need them?  The answer is no.  It’s fun to have lots of toys to play with in the training room, but the fact of the matter is that I have LOTS of options as a certified personal trainer.  I need very little to be successful as a trainer, and to train myself!  I will miss my big personal gym, my large mirrors, my lockers, and large equipment, but I will also enjoy new adventures!  (Training clients at parks, training clients in their own homes, training clients online, maybe training with a company that sends trainers to office building gyms, or training at a local gym.)  I’ll keep a large dufflebag of equipment, and that’ll be my training on-the-go equipment.  There’s always options!  (Find me at 1. www.fb.com/barefitbaby or 2. www.BareFitBaby.com)

So far, we have donated of most of our dishes, kitchen tools, a ton of baking dishes, clothes, toys, and a ton of housing items that are collecting dust in our house.  It’s been fun!  It’s fun to give things to people who can use them and need them, and we have all this extra stuff that has been just filling space in our house.  We still have a lot to sell like couches, bedroom sets, dinner table, tv, gym equipment, etc… but we are slowly making progress!  A MAJOR spring garage sale will be an additional new adventure for us!  It’s crazy how much “stuff” you accumulate through the years!

Pitching it will be fun too!  As we work on raising the roof in our family room, literally, it has become a place of accumulation for things that are very broken, or that are too worn to give or sell.  It’s a catharsis of sort!  As we get rid of “stuff,” we are also getting rid of the “stress” of having that stuff, storing it, cleaning it, etc.

God has so far used this process to teach me a few important things along the way as well!  I put too much trust in storing up for tough seasons in life, depending on myself to strategically get me through a lack of finances during holidays or times when the budget is tight, when I should be trusting fully that I have a king for a father, who wants me to trust in Him, with all my heart, to meet my every need.  That major shift has been life changing.  Don’t get me wrong, God says a lot about being a good steward of what we have, andthat includes being prepared for a tough season, but the source of dependency should come from Him and not from me alone.  I call this putting my faith into action.  I am so excited to learn how He will meet our needs along the way, and I’m so excited to share with you all HOW He does it!  From wood for building, to needing a place to build, a small piece of land to live on, and a temporary home while we build, to many other unknown answers to prayer along the way!

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

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About Melody

About Melody

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Melody is a full time mother, CEO of the Mike household, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Beach Body Coach, Norwex Representative, Singer/Songwriter, Organizer, Jesus Lover, Wife, and well, you get the idea, a woman of many hats. Adventurous and creative, she loves spending time outdoors and encouraging others to be Lean, Clean, & Green.

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