Get Rid of 50 Things Challenge

“I want to de-clutter my life from material things!” ~ Me

I love my Monday night bible study group. Every week a group of twenty-or-so people show up for a bible study at my house. For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about what God says about material things. We’ve talked about verses like 1 John 3:17 that says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” We’ve talked and prayed about the fact that God must have meant that or He wouldn’t have said it.

This past week, one of the guys from our study group said, “I don’t just want to talk about this … I want to do something.” I loved that. So many times, I just will hear something and think, “You know that’s right,” and then go on without making a change.

We spent the next hour and a half talking about what we could do to de-clutter our lives from some of the material possessions that hold us captive. We have closets FULL of clothes, yet the bible says, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none…” We have cabinets full of food, yet the bible says, “When we refuse to feed the hungry, we’re refusing to feed Jesus.” Not only do we have an abundance of everything, we’ve even cluttered our children’s lives by giving them an abundance of things too. We’ve failed them by teaching them to buy into consumerism.

Did you know that between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year Americans will spend 470.4 billion dollars. That’s 11 million dollars a minute. When will we realize that we don’t need that CD player that works in the shower, another pair of black pants, 42 new toys for our kids and a Snuggie for our dog.

So back to our bible study group … we have discussed having a giant garage sale and  giving the proceeds away to a worthy cause (we like this idea). We discussed just having a garage give-away where people took what they wanted (we decided against this). We discussed lots of ideas to help us remove the clutter of material things from our lives and share what we have.

We haven’t quite figured all the details out on our plans, but we do plan to do something. Right now what we’ve started is this … we decided to challenge one another until the end of they year to get rid of 50 things a week from our lives. Give them away, share them with others, throw away the junk … simply de-clutter our lives. We’re hoping by the end of 8 weeks, and 400 material items lighter, to get a better idea how to downsize so others in need can upgrade.

It’s not about spending less so we can save money. It IS about spending less so we have more to share with others in need.

Why am I blogging about this? Because maybe you want to take on the 50 Things Challenge too. Is your life cluttered with junk? Do you have more than you need?

I’ve got to go get busy … I have my 50 things to work on today.

So do you have any thoughts or ideas?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Patrick says:

    My wife often says she gets worried I am going to get rid of her and our bOy’z, because I purge so much clutter! What I hope she know’s is that is the ONLY cluttler I want to have and cherish. I purge the rest to make more room for what is more enjoyable in life!
    Something to think about all year long and this is what we usually do… We buy many things of need for ourselves from local charity consignment shops. In return we give what we don’t use or need back to the same shops. So if we buy seven articles of clothing, we give back at least seven from our supply. It is amazing what God supplies for our needs. I also get the biggest kick from those who say they could never buy used, yet always ask “where did you get those awesome finds you wearing?” Go figure!

  2. […] Morgan had this really good idea about clutter, excess, and getting rid of things in your life. He challenged us lose 50 things /per week until the new year.  I going to try to do this!  I could easy shed […]

  3. Kirsty says:

    I like your declutter idea. I still have things I can declutter from my life and have actually already begun the process. I like your challenge and will be undertaking it starting this weekend. Although, I may have to box it up until spring because every spring we have a fund raiser yard sale to raise money for our color guard at the local high school. Which is not a new fund raiser idea in our town. One local church has a “name your own price” yard sale every year to raise money for a youth mission trip to an Indian Reservation in South Dakota. If people truly need to up-size and don’t have the means that is the one day they can ussually afford it. Many people who can afford to but probably don’t need to pay extra because they know where the money is going.

  4. Angie Cox says:

    So you swiped the Shed Project idea, eh? 😉 Sounds like a great thing.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Ang, I’ll have to go back and find the Shed Project on your blog … If it’s stuff in Eric’s shed you’re giving out, I may have to accumulate some of his junk. :)

  5. Todd S says:

    Going to challenge my small group with this on Sunday afternoon. Great idea Trey, err God.

  6. Sarah S. says:

    With my house on the market, the lady who helped us stage it encouraged us to go WAY minimalistic and pack up our belongings getting ready to move. We have NOTHING out other than maybe about 6 pictures, and the bare necessities for living: getting dressed, eating, etc. (and, yes, we have WAY too many clothes). We have given MUCH away to Goodwill, but I’m realizing how much I don’t miss all that clutter. And how much I like being able to dust and not have to move stuff. We hang onto stuff because of the memories attached to it, but it becomes an albatross. Yes, we are WAY too blessed and strangling ourselves with the blessings. LESS IS MORE!

  7. Marc Tindall says:

    When we were making the move to Honduras, we had a 3800 sq ft house – full of stuff….a basement with more stuff. Lots of it sentimental… things from your kids, your parents and grandparents,….for my wife, this was a challenge. We originally thought we would have a garage size storage unit for the “stuff”we wanted to keep. When it was all said and done, we ditched the garage unit and everything we own in the states is compressed into a 6×6 storage unit.
    The challenge that I see is the one presented in a couple of places – Jesus told the rich guy to sell his stuff, give it all to the poor and then – come and follow me. We like to think this was only meant for the rich guy or people that let their money control their lives. But, then we read the second chapter of acts and the description of the first church and low and behold, the new church sold their stuff to help anyone that had a need.
    I believe that this group sold more than the extras – they were willing to give it up for Jesus.
    First Fruits! Giving the first of everything away – laying it at Jesus feet.
    Sell or give away something really important to you to help somebody that really needs it! Drive a junker so you can give away the amount of a car payment every month.
    Trey, I appreciate you brother. You make us think.

  8. Philip Camp says:

    Every year in Shallowater as part of the annual Harvest Festival in October, our church has a “free garage sale” in the parking lot of the church building. It has been a blessing to the community and many from the community also participate with us in donating items… A great way to reach out! Thanks for the reminder of our call to share.

  9. Greg England says:

    When we moved from Long Beach to Temecula, we got rid of hundreds of things. When we moved one year later from a rental house to a purchased house, we got rid of even more, giving most of it away for yard sales to support mission works. In the past year or so, we’ve given away even more and have been very intentional about not re-cluttering our lives. There are some clothes we can give away, though, and I think I’ll start on that over Thanksgiving weekend.

  10. We cleaned out a room today that we’ve been putting off for weeks and donated a trunkful of clothes to a local family (who is going to take what they can’t use to their church’s clothes closet). It’s time to start deaccumulating :)

    Thanks for the reminder!

  11. Su says:

    Thanks to our tendency to change addresses every couple of years, our “material goods” level is much much lower than it used to be. So I think I’ve already done this challenge. Really the only thing that hasn’t been reduced is my book collection, and that’s only because I tend to see getting rid of books as a good opportunity to get some new ones. 😉

  12. Katy says:

    I find that it’s the little things that are difficult to rid of – packages of extra buttons that you might use but probably never will…that kind of thing…and what do you do with the sentimentals?

    • Trey Morgan says:

      I’m not sure sentimentals count. I have a box of them that I’d had to get rid of. BUT if my closet was full of nothing but sentimentals, that’d be a different story.

  13. Donna says:

    I am doing a study that goes along with Advent with my Sunday School class. I am going to take this challenge and pass it on to them. Thanks for sharing!!

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