Making room

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I am not a hoarder. But I do hold on to random little things that may look like junk to the untrained eye. In reality, these little chachkies are actually pieces of my past. Each represent a part of my story that makes up the history of Lincee.

What? You don’t have a box of old rose petals stashed away in a box that is clearly labeled “POTPOURRI PROJECT” on the outside? Or dozens of college memories stuffed into a plastic container because your dear friend had an intervention, explaining that you are too old to wear Pi Phi Crush t-shirts from 1998—even when you’re exercising?

Maybe I am a hoarder, but I do have a point.

I was reading about the process of “making room” the other day. The author spoke about a box of old boyfriend memories she had moved from house to house over the years. The lady was married now, and her husband was confused as to why she would want to keep “him” tucked away in a box under the bed.

The answer was simple. “He” represented a part of her that she didn’t want to let go. Yet clearly, it was time. The author explained that this was a hard process. She had never really grieved the ending of this relationship. She took some time to mourn, prayed for the guy and then tossed the contents of the box. And then she basked in the freedom of letting the Lord overflow into the space that was once occupied by an ex-boyfriend.

This notion of making room intrigued me. Particularly during this month.

During the July 4th holiday, I always find myself reflecting on the year. I look back at the beginning of 2015 and assess what all I have accomplished in the first six months. Then I look down the line at the end of 2015 and wonder if there is anything I can do to better serve the Lord. Are there certain “things” I keep hidden away in my heart that need purging? What unnecessary space-fillers have I been schlepping around? Wouldn’t it be better to drag these unknown idols out into the open and deal with them in order to make room for the Living God?

A few years ago, I received a great piece of advice from a pastor. He suggested that I start each day by asking the Lord to transform my heart. Perhaps the reason I feel the exact same way as the day I first made that request is because I haven’t cleaned house yet.

Since you can’t bring in the new without removing the old, I think I just found a new project for the remainder of 2015.

Disclaimer: This does not apply to old Pi Phi shirts. They’re practically vintage now and will probably be worth millions one day. 

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Kristin
Kristin
July 23, 2015 11:40 am

A good book on this subject: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. It has a good perspective on this exact kind of thing. I haven’t implemented this myself yet, but it’s my project on the next rainy Saturday I have. There is more to it of course but the idea is to only have items that make you feel your best you. Items that make you feel good-items that make you sparkle (the author uses that word). If this is a project you want to focus on, this book might be a good place to start.

Jen A.
Jen A.
July 23, 2015 7:00 pm
Reply to  Kristin

I just read about this book last week and apparently it has quite a following. It talks about tackling your decluttering one thing at a time, like all your clothes at once, and then books, etc. I love the idea of only holding on to things that bring “joy”. Makes life so much simpler…

Katie A.
Katie A.
July 23, 2015 10:26 pm
Reply to  Kristin

Who’s the author of the book? 🙂

Maureen
Maureen
July 23, 2015 12:37 pm

I really like this post and I was just thinking the same thing today! Just this morning I read the following quote and wrote it down in my calendar because I’m really wanting to purge a lot of stuff this year. Here is the quote: “Getting rid of what is no longer necessary or beneficial creates space for new growth and possibility.” So true. I can be nostalgic with my stuff too, so I know it can be hard but I am so ready to set aside some time to do it! Good luck with your project and hoping the… Read more »

AliJ
AliJ
July 23, 2015 2:07 pm

Kelly Minter? 😉 Was reading this last night!

Beth
Beth
July 26, 2015 11:38 am
Reply to  Lincee

Just finished No Other Gods for the second time! Such a great study. Loved your application here.

CO Kathleen
CO Kathleen
July 23, 2015 3:47 pm

I throw stuff out or donate items every week. If I haven’t used the item in a long time, out it goes. I always think that if I die, my kids would throw it out so I just saved the middleman! I keep keepsakes and special photos but weed it all down to just the essence.

jL
jL
July 23, 2015 6:48 pm

i call this “sentimental hoarding” and I have at least 10 shoeboxes tucked away with my sentimental hoarding things. Someday I will sort through it.

Sarah
Sarah
July 24, 2015 9:38 am

man, this hits me today! I was beating myself up at the way I have let my house go — stacks everywhere, undone projects, etc. And I was asking God where did I go wrong, when did everything fall off the tracks? I consider myself the family historian, but I realize I don’t need to save everything. I just need to figure a way out of this pit.

Jackie
Jackie
July 24, 2015 10:16 am

This such a great concept Lincee – thanks for sharing. I think women, particularly, find it difficult to let go of the things/stuff that are meaningful to us as parts of our past – sentimental hoarding is such a great term. But by only keeping the space for those memories and life events that lift us up, we free up space for more of the same. We can choose wisely what to “hang on to” – both literally and figuratively. Side note – love the fact that this community is such a great group of people that we have fun… Read more »

Kristin
Kristin
July 24, 2015 2:01 pm

Even though I’m not a Hoarder like on the TV show, I actually identify with them sometimes–how memories are tied to the things. I have been going through my plastic crates the past few days. I’ve been trying to make it so I don’t have so much stuff, but I am just like you. I don’t think about those nonsense papers from 6th grade, BUT when i do see them all these memories come flooding back and I remember what it was like to be eleven. So this time I did a “keep one, throw one,” so I have some… Read more »

Rachel
Rachel
July 24, 2015 8:45 pm

Hey! Took kids to serve at church under the bridge the other day and several folks we interacted with were wearing crush shirts circa 2005. I was outraged given the shirt I still regularly sport to sleep in was pi phi vintage 1996!

Laura Jean
Laura Jean
July 24, 2015 11:25 pm

Hey – this Theta tells her friendly Pi Phi to indeed keep at least a few of those shirts. That stuff falls apart faster than you’d like, so it will be gone before you know it. But maybe more importantly, keep that bid card or that lavelier or that pledge pin. Also, this fellow sister-in-Christ tells you go for it – get rid of the junk that is just hanging around, giving you no joy and/or really being an idol more than a pleasant and heart-filling memory. It’s amazing what power “things” have on us (whether we have a lot… Read more »

Eva
Eva
July 28, 2015 4:45 pm

Lincee! I’ve been reading your Bachelor blog since the early days when it was emailed around via the Pi Phi email tree. Love your blog and enjoy your weekly recaps tremendously. First time poster as I just had to after reading about your challenges making room. We are turning our garage into useable space and I spent almost two weeks cleaning out the garage…60% my stuff, 20% kid stuff, 15% baby stuff (my youngest is 5) and 5% husband stuff. As you can imagine, hubby has been incredulous that I could collect so much stuff. I won’t bore you with… Read more »

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