Wednesday, 7 October 2015

STUFF, STUFF and more STUFF! - A Dose of Encouragement 93



Isn't it lovely to receive presents?


In the weeks leading up to our son's wedding our house just filled up with wedding presents appearing day after day and week after week in the post.  (All this online shopping is fantastic now even for Wedding Lists.)



We have a room in our house we call the games room because there is a snooker table in the centre of it, but truthfully it should be called the


 "Where our 3 children, who have all left home, still store their STUFF" room 

because all around the room and under the snooker table are boxes & bags of all sizes and descriptions holding all the STUFF our kids wanted to keep but did not have room for in the small places they had been living in so far.


So my husband Fred piled the presents on and around the snooker table and this room became the

  "Wedding Present Room" 

up until Daniel & Suzie returned from their honeymoon and came to take these gifts to their new home.





And then the snooker table was cleared again.

However!
There was still a corner of the room which we called Daniel's Corner where all his boxes of STUFF were.

The STUFF did not go when the presents went.
 (There was no room left in the car and the presents would have to be found a home in the house first)


His wife Suzie looked at us with suspicion every time we said

 "Daniel's STUFF" 

because she had never yet had a glimpse inside these boxes and was wondering just what would be unearthed when they were finally opened and what would she have to find a home for.

The problem was they had both been renting accommodation with friends since before they met and she thought that Daniel had brought enough "stuff" from there.

So

 Later "Daniel's STUFF" was to be taken and sorted and a home found for all the things from his previous years as a child, teenager and university student.


All of our family hold onto STUFF 

Even though we have moved house several times, having lived in different countries, and have done large clearances each time, we still have STUFF that has stayed with us.  My husband is always saying that we should just go through the kids STUFF and sort it out but I say it is not ours to decide on as some things we might feel have no value will actually be the things that have special meaning or memories for the kids.

I had said that I needed to do a clearout once again as we had been here in this house for 3 years then and there was definitely STUFF we did not need anymore.  So hopefully I can get myself round to doing this very soon.

I said that I needed to do a clearout once again as we have been here in this house for 3 years now and there is definitely STUFF we do not need anymore and hopefully I could get myself round to doing that soon.

I have also assured Fred that I can help him to sort through all his STUFF 
but he goes very quiet then.


Well the time did come later when Daniel and Suzie came to sort through Daniel's "stuff".


Some of the STUFF was thrown out as Daniel decided he didn't need it anymore, and some more of the STUFF was given to the car boot sale because it could be of use to others but there was still some of the STUFF that stayed with him because of the usefulness of the object or of the memories it holds.


But what about my STUFF?

Well I have been doing a Facebook Decluttering Challenge this year called


and have been blogging about my progress on a monthly basis starting here.
This has been a good encouragement to get rid of more of the STUFF in our house.


Of course life would be more simple for all of us if we got rid of a lot of the stuff we still have in our houses but more importantly our lives would be simplified and of a better standard if we got rid of all that STUFF that stays in our mind and hinders us from growing each day as God would want us to grow.

  • All the things we remember that people have said or done that have hurt us.
  • All the foolish things that we remember we did in the past.
  • All the times when we spoke too soon,  or too late,  or when we shouldn't have spoken at all,  or when we should have spoken but failed to stand up for what we knew to be right.
  • All the things that we listened to from others which have led us in the wrong way instead of testing it by God's Word
  • All the things that we wished we had done but didn't.



Have you sorted through all the STUFF in your life?



All this STUFF needs to be thrown out.


           All the good STUFF needs to be kept.


                       All the other STUFF that truly helped us previously needs to be shared                                                                                          to help others now.



What are you doing with your STUFF?




14 comments:

  1. Yes! Stuff! I have a Memory Room Closet in the basement with my own and both my children's childhoods stuffed in it. A precious place. This past February when my 30 year old son and his family with our 4 year old grand girl came to visit, he asked for his legos. I was thrilled! He spent the week on the living room floor with my son in law playing with the legos that gave him so much pleasure for so many years in his youth. Seemed like yesterday those days. He took them all home. I'm so glad I kept them and other vestiges of his life. As our children grow they appreciate such treasures. I know I do. My childhood is still in my dad's basement where I left it when I married and moved away. I have some things, but am glad so much is still there. Until the eventual day I shall have to clear the house and make decisions to part with stuff and the memories they hold. Glad God gave us repository hearts for such things.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  2. LOL on the name of your room Sandra! It's a tough balance between holding onto things for grown kids that don't have space for it, and getting them to take it away since it's your home. Good job helping your son go through his things finally and I hope your games room is becoming more spacious :)

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  3. I wish I could say that I'm keeping up with just keeping the good stuff - or giving away some of the good stuff to people who need it, but definitely keeping up with letting go of the bad stuff -- both metaphorically and literally -- but I can't and I don't. And now our family is looking at another move. Ugh! Maybe this will be my opportunity to get uber-organized! That other stuff? The metaphorical stuff? Thank God for God! I'm working on it as He's working on me. I'm glad I was your neighbor at #TellHisStory today.

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  4. This is great!! amazing how we hold on to the stuff that doesn't need to be kept. Horrible memories, hurts and such. thanks for reminding us to declutter our hearts as well as our homes!

    Marie
    spreading-joy.org

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  5. Thanks for another great post, Sandra! I love how you use everyday events to then lead us to see how that fits with our relationship with Jesus. Great thoughts....Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh those stuff. I have a lot of them. Literal and figurative baggage and stuff. Must de-clutter.

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  7. Clever analogy! Thank you for sharing this week at the Art of Home-Making Mondays Sandra! :)

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  8. Yes, my closet has a box full of mementos from my school days. It is also true that we accumulate a lot of stuff we really don't need and could easily donate it to the Salvation Army or some place like it. It is also true we hold on to some things that we need to let go in our Spiritual life. May we clean house as we should. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  9. #AnythingGoes is great because of you! Thank you for continuing to support this Link Party with your talent and creativity.

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  10. I think all the time how much easier life would be if I got rid of stuff instead of cleaning around it! I like the way you drew comparison between the stuff we hang onto in our mind and the stuff we hang onto around the house. Most of it isn't probably necessary. :)

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  11. Great message! My husband and I are clutter freaks, so every 6 months or less, we go ok some things need to go! We are amazed every time by how much stuff has accumulated from the last time. I like the idea of the Facebook de-clutter. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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  12. After we were married, my father in law decided it was time to clear out the basement of many childhood memories for seven children. We went over several times going through things that belonged to my husband that he didn't bring with him when we married. Thankfully, my husband realized a lot of it was actually junk. During our return to home in the middle of a ministry problem we let go of more things than I care to remember. From that moment on I have made sure to keep things to a minimum. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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  13. Sandra, I have a self imposed rule that when I get something new I give something away. If I buy a new top, I give an old top away. If I buy a pair of pants, I give one away. I do this as much as I can to keep things in balance :) I work just as diligently in personal stuff. I've lived enough to know that it's not good to let things start to clutter in your emotions. I try and be vigilant about dealing with all my STUFF! Thanks for the encouragement! From the #RaRaLinkup

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  14. My kids will tell you, I throw stuff away. lol. Clutter stresses me out. I was never the mom that saved every thing my young children made. I know it sounds horrible. I, of course, saved special items they created and treasure them. But overall, I sift through things and it doesn't take much to persuade me to throw stuff away.

    I found myself convicted by your thought life list of things we need to throw away. If only I would get rid of those things as easily as I sift through my home and discard items.

    Thank you for encouraging me to get rid of "my stuff". :-)

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