A Post About Stuff

My Magic Bullet died yesterday. Can I admit to feeling a little relieved, even giddy at the prospect of throwing it away? Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice gadget to have around for my smoothie making and tomato pureeing, and I have appreciated having such a tool in my cabinet. Problem is, the tool takes up way too much of my cabinet, with its plethora of attachments. I have been looking forward to the day I need to upgrade to some other, simpler food processor. Moving to our new house, with limited space to put stuff, has forced me to think even harder about the things I have, and things I have to store.
It has been fun to open boxes and bins that have been stored away since we moved from Waldo to Luke’s mom’s house. Kinda like Christmas- “Look, there’s those sweet flowers we had up in the girls’ room!”- but kinda like the day after Christmas, too. Some of the things we can and will use now, but what about the rest? I don’t want a basement full of stuff, so the sorting starts today. Hopefully, the two older girls can help me out while earning their own cute mini egg pans (Kroger, $5). The plan is to fill the eight bins I have already with other season/ other size clothing, bedding, and coats, and not have anything left over for which I would need to buy more bins or that would have to sit in a garbage bag. Wish me luck.
The two real challenges for me, however, lie in other parts of the basement. One is in the art/ craft/ scrapbooking department. Some of it I can legitimize easily- “Hey, that watercolor paper cost a lot of money!” and “I have to at least finish one scrapbook before I die- it’s on my bucket list!”- but other stuff I’m not so sure about. How much construction paper, play dough, yarn, and beads do I keep for my kids’ educational enhancement? We’ll need a spot downstairs for all these forms of expression, and I will have to keep the ever- reproducing piles maintained. The other big job is managing all of our homeschool supplies. Booklets, posters, videos, and tons of papers are all needing a new home, never having had a good one yet. Bookshelves? Tall cabinets? Hung from the ceiling dry cleaners style? In addition, I haven’t quite found the balance between what could stay paperless (ie. stored on the computer to read) and what needs printed up. Of course, the printer is out of ink when I do occasionally figure it out- oh well.
Let’s close with a little perspective:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Thank You, Father, for all that I have! Thank You for not being fickle and tossing me when I break or go out of style.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
What can I store in Heaven today? Unpacking those boxes will be even better than Christmas!