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Ministry, especially when you are busy and always on the go, can be really tough. Not only are you struggling to manage your household, and maybe a job as well, but you’re also expected to be able to keep up with the needs and expectations of the church.
After talking about getting materialism out of our lives on Monday, I wanted to show you how you can use your clutter for ministry.
Sort it Out
First off, sort through your clutter (or your donate pile) and find what is actually able to be given away. If it has rips, tears, or stains, then it needs to go in a rag pile or garbage bin.
Be thoughtful when you’re sorting. If someone was to donate this to your family, would you feel happy or just like they cast off their unwanted things onto you. The idea of giving to others is not just to get rid of your stuff, but also to further His kingdom and to help others.
Donate Your Clutter
If you’ve gone through your closet and find good clothes that you don’t need, can you donate them to the women’s shelter? Can you donate them to a woman at church who isn’t as fortunate as others?
You are getting rid of your kids’ craft supplies. Instead of throwing the supplies out, can you donate them to the children’s church? Or a school? Maybe a library or some children who don’t have craft supplies yet?
There are so many ways to repurpose your clutter through donation that other people could actually put your things to a good use.
If you want to donate to a thrift shop but don’t want to be going out in public during the pandemic, consider using the Amazon Give Back Box program where they will give you a free shipping label to donate your old clothes.
Sell Your Clutter
If you don’t have anyone you can donate to, or you don’t want to donate it to a big box thrift shop, then sell it! Whether you sell it in bunches on Facebook marketplace or host a tag sale, sell your clutter and then donate the money you made from it to church or an organization of your choosing.
Reuse Your Clutter
There are so many ways to reuse your clutter for ministry. If you’re getting rid of a lot of flannel shirts, you can cut them up and make them into a quilt for someone in need.
Can your children use some of your clutter to make into a craft or toy to give to someone else? Can it be used for a shoebox project at school? While I don’t endorse keeping your clutter to reuse it, sometimes it can be very helpful.
Have you ever used your clutter for ministry? What is your favorite way to forward His kingdom with gently used items? Leave your ideas down below!