Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Making Room

I had a long talk with my husband yesterday. I love long talks with him :)

Anyway, we talked about how cluttered our lives feel and when did it start? He said, "Well I think it started when we got married and our parents dumped all our old stuff on us." And what did we do with all that stuff? We have just kept it. Held onto niknacs from our past to remind us how we were once incredibly awesome. All these old awards I've clung to because I can't remember the last time I won something. Old letters from friends because once I had way more than I do now. Old hobbies, blankets, wedding gifta that were never really used...

What we came to realize is that our main priority right now is our family and that we've spent so much energy clinging to who we were, we haven't been able to be who we are now. We haven't made room in our lives for our kids.

How depressing is that?!

I love my kids. And yet, I've spent more mental energy and physical space worrying about maintaining an image that no longer matters. It was an eye opening conversation and one that has made me do a lot of thinking. And A LOT of tossing. I threw out so much highschool stuff and it was LIBERATING! I think about other important people in my life, have I made room for them? Am I holding onto too much past that I can't move forward with my life?

It also got us thinking about how much room we make in our lives for the Savior. Does he get our large amount of space, or is most of it used up maintaining an image or used up by things that we don't really care about anymore? I could probably write a whole 'nother post about spiritual clutter, but everyone's is so personal and different I'll leave you to think of it on your own. Something worth thinking of, though, I think.

I totally drew a Christmas comparison with this too, like how there was no room for Him at the inn... Right? Now I have a topic next time I'm asked to give a talk. Sweet!!!


  1. Very true. Nice job on tossing the junk - I have boxes of papers from elementary school that I keep meaning to deal with...

  2. I am getting FlyLady flashbacks!

    p.s. my Library of Skittles Deferred got hacked. So now I am at http://www.sanscat.blogspot.com

  3. Oh my god enjoyed reading your blogpost. I added your feed to my blogreader.