Meet the Most Organized Person I Know
April Is the Month of Freshnesssssssss!!!!
This week I had the enormous treat of sitting down with the most organized person I know. Sharon Wessis Kingdom Leadership Development’s director of prayer. She’s also one of my favorite travel assistants, etiquette coach, queen of hospitality and lover of all things Jesus. Did I mention she’s also a chef? Here are notes from our conversation.
pR: What is spring cleaning and why is it important?
SW: Spring Cleaning is a healing exercise. It’s often seen as a “throwback” to something our grandmothers did. You set aside time to go through things and see what is no longer needed or necessary for your life. You are making room for new things. This is a process that cleans a person out spiritually and physically.
pR: How Do You Start Spring Cleaning?
SW:Plan it out; pick one space to tackle one at a time. Move on only after everything in that space is completed. Collect all the materials and cleaning supplies you will need.
- Garbage Bags
- Cleaner Products
- Cleaning Rags
Pick a starting point in the space. When in doubt, start working left to right. Our brains are hardwired this way from reading. It really works. Have a designated spot for the donations, and trash. As bags fill up, set them in the proper areas. This will help you clear the working area.
- Get rid of the junk/unwanted items that same day. Don’t let it sit around.
- Take everything out to the trash.
- Have a donation truck pickup scheduled for the same day as the clean out.
- Load up the car and drop off items to donation site.
When A, B, C, and D are done, only then is that room completed.
pR: What should I expect as I Spring Clean?
SW:When you begin, it will appear as if you are creating a greater mess then you originally had. You may feel overwhelmed at first. Don’t stop! Remember this is a PROCESS. Keep going, it will get better as you purge. It will look better as you take things out to the pickup spots.
pR: Why is Spring Cleaning so emotional for some?
SW:This is a healing process. It is okay to cry, laugh, and remember. Just don’t get so caught up, you get distracted, and can’t move on to complete the task. Focus is key here. Especially if you are new to Spring Cleaning.
As your physical environment gets clean, the spiritual will get clean. Mark 2:22 …”And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” God isworking some things out of you to make way for the new. He is creating an environment for the new. Go with the process.
pR: What if I lack disciple for Spring Cleaning?
SW:Seek the help of a friend who is not afraid to be brutally honest. This is about the perfecting of you. Sometimes we need that accountability and support when it is time to purge the unnecessary. A friend can ask the tough questions of why you need to hold on to things from your past and help you let them go.
pR: Any last words for us?
SW: Expect God to reveal and 2.0 version of you for the new season you are entering!
Success and Progress!