What’s in your closet?

I spent a good chunk of yesterday cleaning out the
“toy closet.”

I haven’t had children at home for years.
Deep sigh …
followed by a leap for joy!
(Don’t judge, I am happy to have healthy, thriving, gainfully employed boys who’ve grown into men.)

I’m reclaiming all the real estate in my house previously dedicated to storing their paraphernalia.
I will no longer keep art projects from grade school,
football cleats from high school or dental models of lost retainers.

Yesterday, I cleared the last bastion of their territory … the toy closet.
Toys spanning the decades spilled out to be sorted and bagged up

in preparation of their move to someone else’s home.

Candyland, all the chess boards and the Monopoly game … out.
Beanie Babies, action figures and matchbox cars … out.
Glitter pens, coloring books and the potholder loom …  out.
Puzzles, sidewalk chalk and the abacus no one ever knew how to use … out!

Can I just tell you, it’s liberating.
I am giddy with glee!

We have lived in this wonderful old barn of a house for 28 years.
Mentally, we are ready to sell,
I couldn’t even entertain the thought of moving
I didn’t want to deal with the accumulation of stuff.

I had collected so much stuff that
instead of managing it,

it was managing me!

 I piled more stuff on top of the old stuff until
I was afraid to open the closet doors and look inside.

Last night, the chaos collapsed on itself and
I was forced to either re-pile or deal with it.

Is that you, too?

Sometimes, we aren’t able to move into the future
we are bound by the past.

We want God’s best for our lives, but
the idea of taking out the garbage or
opening up old wounds or

forgiving an offense or
letting go of control or
admitting we’re wrong or
cutting our losses
is just too much to ask.


we keep the clutter or
the grudge or
the stronghold or
the addiction or
the secret or
the stuff


it’s too painful or
too stinky or  

too big to manage and
it collapses on top of us.

God graciously (or impatiently) pushed me into
clearing space in my closet by tipping my neglected mess on top of me.


it was more painful to keep the status quo than
make room for what God might lead me into if I was unencumbered.

This time it was my accumulation.
Other times, it has been letting go of my past for good.
Embracing the truth of His Love for me.
Believing that I am worthy of his acceptance.
Restoring a relationship by forgiving the offender.

Girlfriend, I don’t know what you’re holding onto or
avoiding because you’re afraid to unpack it,
but I’m here to tell you the truth.

Whatever “it” is,
has got to be:

Brought out,
Sorted through and
Sent packing.

Trust me,
You will feel better.

You might even be liberated!

Scripture Refresher: “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.” (Luke 5:37, NIV)

Prayer: God, help me release the past, clean up the messes and embrace new thinking so that I am ready for the marvelous life you have in store for me.  Amen.


Lest my boys read this and have a heart attack,
I kept the Uno game, the Little Tykes bus and the crate of Legos.  🙂
You never know, I might have grandchildren one day …


  1. Carol McClanahan on May 13, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I really enjoy reading your posts. Thank you for listening to the LORD. GOD is so good!!!

    • Robyn Dykstra on May 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks for reading them! 🙂
      I sure do appreciate your encouragement.

  2. Teresita Diaz on May 13, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for keeping contact with me and the encouragement I been living in South side of Chicago for 6 years and haven’t left Westside of Chicago where my children and grandchildren are living.it’s time to unpack and face the future alone.i need whole new life and it’s scary.

    • Robyn Dykstra on May 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      It can be scary to start over or even stretch out a bit.
      I am praying that as you sift, sort and pack, you find many items that bring happy memories, that you get help to make the change and that you feel relief as you make the changes.

  3. Maxine on May 13, 2016 at 12:49 am

    This was real eye opening Hun.. As I need to get sorting boxes also.. In basement.. also my hubby is a horder and it drives me nuts. literally mean . Thanks

    • Robyn Dykstra on May 13, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks for letting me know we’re not the only ones, Maxine.
      We have been finding some real treasures in the process, pictures and baby shoes, etc.
      It made the process more fun. We just started sorting one little closet, the rest sort of happened.
      Hope you have the same good experience.

  4. Barb Yost on May 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This is so me. Thanks for putting words to my thoughts. I will read this a few times so it sinks in.

  5. Kathy Smith on May 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you Robin you always seem to know when goes along well then there’s that weakness show up again . Perfect story for me today

    • Robyn Dykstra on May 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Kathy,
      Thanks for the encouragement to ME!

  6. Debbie Kaminski on May 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    So great, Robyn! And just what I needed right now. I, too, thought I was the only one facing this. We’ve just remodeled and I have boxes piled in a room to sift through. Sigh. It feels like a daunting task. I’ve already donated many boxes and it is liberating! A friend of mine said as I let go of and donate things I will bless someone else. What a great thought. Thanks for your wonderful teachings, Robyn.

    • Robyn Dykstra on May 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Deb,
      One box at a time, one box at a time, one box at a time…
      Thanks for sharing the idea of blessing someone else at the same time I am sorting.

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