I am coining the label of this generation to be "Everyone Gets a Goody Bag".
I come from the "Everyone Gets a Trophy" generation and just like that wasn't always in the best interest of children, neither is having this generation live with the burden of too much.
As parents, we can be counter-cultural and shift to a Kingdom Perspective.
Not all of our stuff is bad, but our stuff needs to be useful tools in our home that will steward the gifts and talents of ourselves and our families.
Jesus shifts our perspective to a kingdom perspective in Matthew 6:10-21,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
How do we maintain this kingdom mindset in our homes?
Identify your purpose. What has God called your family to do?
Answering this question will lend insight into what "stuff" you need to fulfill your purpose. Our "stuff" is a resource for kingdom living.
Let go of the things you do not need to fulfill your God-given purpose.
We want to fill our homes with tools that will steward our calling. Everything else might be noise, adding to the chaos and stealing peace from your home.
As you are letting go, some charities are better than others. Look for a "Buy Nothing" page in your neighborhood so you can bless your neighbor. Is there a women's shelter in need of quality clothing and things for children? Do you know someone with foster children who would be blessed by the things you no longer need?
Salvation Army is a great place to donate if nothing else is an option.
(This episode is published with permission from my children. I am very careful about what I share about their lives and their privacy. They always have permission to take any of my work down that is about them.)