Finding the Treasure

You might not have realized this about me yet, but I march to the beat of my own drummer. And my Spring Cleaning Drummer often drums in the winter.

I’ve been itching to clear out a ton of few Things that have accumulated inside these four walls. As winter sets in, up here in New England, I’m bent on getting rid of All The Things that are taking up space in my house. Things have begun to fill up spaces that were meant to be filled with other things like hospitality and laughter and love.

Friends, who I now consider to be brilliant and best, introduced me to the world of local online yard sales.  You know the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”?  Yeah. That. Oh, what I have been missing! Not for all that can be bought and found, but for all that can be sold and lost. I don’t have to set up a table and drag things out and wait for 5 hours while people kick tires and pick through things and haggle over prices. Oh, no I don’t! I can do it all from the comfort of my couch while wrapped up in a warm blanket and sipping hot chocolate. BOOM!

It makes me seven kinds of happy to clear out shelf after shelf of toys that no longer hold appeal, and gadgets that are no longer used, and clothing that I might fit into again “someday”.

As I take picture after picture of some Thing that needs to go, I’m made painfully aware of just how many Things we’ve collected over the years.  The books alone… mercy! In fact, the more books I go through, the more I realize just how bad our book addiction is. We’ve held on to more than our fair share of books because, well… BOOKS!

If you do the math (and I think we all know that I try not to, whenever possible), it adds up to a Whole Lotta Stuff.

Stuff that we don’t need anymore.

Or want anymore.

Or use anymore.

Here is where the spiritual boom really gets dropped on this thick-head of mine: the more I clear out of our home, the clearer my mind has become about priorities. I’m discovering that with less stuff to maintain, the more time I have for maintaining relationships.  I’m finding that the more I give away, the less I feel the need to hang on to.  And, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that emptied out is a much more comfortable feeling, for me, than filled up.

I’m embracing The Empty because this is where I find the treasure has been all along.


I can’t help but wonder if this is how we’re really meant to live – pared down and thankful for all the we do indeed have. As I chuck the stuff, I find the real treasure is more time to spend with The One and the ones I love. And, maybe this is why those who are wise encourage us to accumulate people, not things?

Because, that’s where I want to be.  I want to be with The One who created me and those He’s given me to love.

Treasure indeed.

10 thoughts on “Finding the Treasure

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  3. This was so perfectly timed. I am in the process of moving to an unknown location, and have been sorting, donating, and trashing immense amounts of ‘stuff’. So far, 40 bags of garbage have been taken out. 3 full car loads donated. And that’s just the beginning. We are both sickened by the amount of ‘stuff’ – ‘Stuff’ that did not live up to its expectations. If it had, I would be a skinny, wealthy, bible scholar. But alas….none of the above is true.

    I realized that majority of what I was looking for in my purchases – was more of Jesus. In my time of trashing – donating – selling, I am seeing so much more clearly how only Jesus can fill the void on the shelves. The shelves of my book case – my closet cabinets – and in my heart. I am realizing that I am no different then the Inn keeper who had no room – I just have to much clutter for Christ.

    In a sense, it seems we are both making room for Christ……God bless you my friend….and Merry Christmas!

    • Oh Janee! I so appreciate the parallel. God bless you, too, friend. I am blessed to know that we both feel the need to declutter and clear the room for more of Jesus.

  4. It is so refreshing to do a big “clean out”. Our last one was this past summer. Since both of my babies have moved out of the house, I got my craft area back. It’s actually a slightly finished room in the basement. No clock or tv. I loose track of time when I actually take the time to work on a project. It is also the best place for gift wrapping. But 3 large boxes remain…baseball cards (mom’s are never to throw them out), books; the youngest must keep every book he has ever read( odd child, who did he get that trait from?) and the 3rd is a box of Beanie Babies because I am sure they will be a collectors item someday (stop laughing at me, please).
    It does feel like a new house with bigger spaces. And the people at Goodwill made out quite well with the items we gave to them.

    • Sheil, I would NEVER laugh about Beanie Baby comebacks. Never! 😉 The perspective that a “new house with bigger spaces” can give is amazing. I may just schedule in one of these Big Clean Outs once a year!

  5. Pope Francis said the same kind of thing just today. Make room for the silence. I feel like this Christmas season has begun a revolution away from the crazy and towards the simple, empty and silent.

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