It’s time for “Spring Cleaning.” If you serve in an average church, you have closets, drawers, and storage areas packed full of stuff. Maybe even garages or storage buildings with even more stuff. These items are usually stored in the name of good stewardship, to keep limited budget dollars from being wasted. The problem is that few (if any) people know what’s there, so you keep rebuying, reprinting, rebuilding, etc… the same items over and over (and over).
The best solution I’ve found is to put everyone to work for a day. Instead of an all-staff meeting one month, have a cleanup day (with pizza, of course). If you’re a smaller church – and even if you’re not – add some volunteers to the mix. Then start cleaning. Toss or recycle the junk, and donate what you know you’ll never use to someone who will. Then WRITE DOWN what you have left and where it is. Clearly label it. Don’t pack things behind other things where they will never see the light of day again. I’ve even seen some well-organized backstage areas where the gear is barcoded (which helps with security, as well).
“If you want to improve your life immediately, clean out a closet. Often, it’s what we hold onto that holds us back.” – Cheryl Richardson