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.