Yesterday was one of those foreboding fall days in the northeast. Leaves blowing around. Gray, cloudy sky. Temperatures dipping outside, husband reluctant to turn the heat on inside (sound familiar?).
My feet feel the temperature decline first. The rest of my body catches up later, but initially it’s my feet, especially my tootsies.
So, I dug into my sock drawer in search of a pair to warm ’em up. I dug deep through the scads of sneaker socks and themed holiday beauties and came up with a pair of heavy woolen socks that one of my kids gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I think I wore them once, and then into the sock drawer black hole they went.
So I slipped them on, and realized instantly that they are probably the most perfect socks in all the world for my constantly cold tootsies. They are just divine.
I have owned this pair of cozy socks for quite awhile. They were already mine. But I had completely forgotten about them even as I complained of my icy feet!
In my new obsession to declutter our home, I had obviously ignored this packed-full drawer of tootsie delights cutting off my ever seeing this pair that was buried deep in the darkness!
Decluttering uncovers stuff thought lost; but also revisit the memory of its very existence.
It’s not just about socks, is it?
I am discovering that the piles and heaps in my spirit, in my heart, have affected how I remember – or don’t remember – my blessings.
Isn’t this just all too typical today: Losing sight of good things – memories, blessings, loves – in our cluttered lives?
There is so much that we have to be thankful for – things that are already ours (like those socks!) – that we ignore because they are stuffed in the back of a “cluttered drawer.”
It’s time to discover them anew. To find an uncluttered place – a memory board, a journal, a photo album, a scrapbook – to keep them front and center in your heart, your eyes and your memory.
Then, when the cold temps hit and our tootsies start to feel chilled, you don’t have to dig around to see if there is anything to take the chill away. The good things – the blessings – are right there at our fingertips.
Lesson learned: Remembering our blessings is best done in a No Clutter Zone.
Want to read what the Bible says about clutter? Meditate on these for a bit and let them sink into your decluttering mindset! (The 2nd one got me started…)
Matthew 6.19-21 – Store up treasures in heaven, not here on earth. Moth and rust will destroy them here!
Luke 12.15-21 – Hoarding stuff in case you need it someday? You could die tomorrow!