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Clutter — Devotional: Stuff, Stuff, and more Stuff

March 25th, 2010

After you’ve heard “Clutter,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check out the Media Player. You can also find a station in your area.)

By Catherine Wilson

A few years ago my Grandma moved into the house with my family. To make room, I had to move into a smaller bedroom with no closet. I put all my stuff into cardboard boxes and moved them into our basement. My boxes of books, clothes, old toys, and who-knows-what-else, were stacked on top of each other like Jenga blocks halfway through the game—fairly stable, but you wouldn’t want to try to take anything out of the bottom. I remember being annoyed that I had to pack up all my things, but I did it anyway.

Months after I moved to the smaller room, I tried to find an old journal in the basement. It turned into an expedition because I first had to wade through all of my other stuff. As I dug through a garbage bag full of stuffed animals, I started to wonder, “why am I keeping all this junk anyway?” And why did I need a bigger room just to keep so much stuff?

I could certainly relate to the Parker family in the episode “Clutter.” They had so much in their garage that the stacks of old junk toppled over! Like the Parker family, I decided it was time to de-clutter my things. I gave some of my books to a school in Haiti and I gave a lot of the toys and clothes to a local thrift store. And in the process, I finally found my journal.

It made me think about the importance – or maybe the “un-importance” – of my stuff. Having a bigger room to keep my things wasn’t as important as a place for my grandma to stay. By getting rid of some of my possessions, I was able to help people in need. And by letting someone else use my room, I could help my Grandma. What a blessing to give away things I didn’t need!

What are some things that you could give up to help some one in need? Let us know in the comments below!


53 Comments on “Clutter — Devotional: Stuff, Stuff, and more Stuff”

  • Christian A. on March 25th, 2010 - 11:59am


    Thank you, that was very uplifting.

  • michelle on March 25th, 2010 - 12:14pm



  • Aruem on March 25th, 2010 - 3:12pm


    Im touched by that. Ha Ha LOL

  • LisA on March 25th, 2010 - 5:11pm


    Hmm, I just am not feeling these episodes. They changed it way to much, why, I don’t know. Now I can see getting new characters because others are not available but the old AIO had a lot of people to add flavor and variety to the shows. I can’t see how they are going to make this show work with 8-9 people. I sure hope the other 7 shows will improve. Right now, I am kind of dissappointed but I want to give the new episodes a chance. Where’s Mrs. Melzner and what’s the pt. of the inspiration stat.

  • Kim on March 25th, 2010 - 6:08pm


    I often keep things for just in case. But then I realize that I’ve had some things for years and the perfect time hasn’t come yet. I also keep things as momentos, but not all are super special. I just like to keep everything. One thought that’s helped me part with things: “I enjoyed looking at it just now, but I don’t need it anymore. If throwing it away turns out to be a mistake-if it’s really that important & edifying, then it won’t be gone forever. God could bring it back on the new earth.”

  • Gracie-Grace on March 25th, 2010 - 8:35pm


    That’s what I should do too. It’s a little hard because my garage is converted into the music room, no basement (I live in Florida) and no access to the attic whatsoever.

  • Hannah on March 26th, 2010 - 10:32am


    It seems I am the first to comment. It was great. My dad sympathized with Mr. Parker in his conflict with the Baby toys. My dad advises him to stay away from that subject. But great job guys! I love the new family!

  • ana on March 26th, 2010 - 11:28am


    I could give my picture books.

  • DAD on March 26th, 2010 - 2:21pm


    Catherine, great devotion. It came from real life and the heart. Oh, and thanks for giving up your room for Grandma.

  • jazmyne on March 26th, 2010 - 4:22pm


    i would give some of my clothes and shoes and maybe hair stuff for girls

  • jessica on March 26th, 2010 - 4:58pm


    Really Inspiring! Thanks so Much! I could donate Clothing, Books, Stuffed Animals, and dolls. I could probably donate a bunch of other things too I am just not quite sure what. Thanks again! I think I may go

  • ere on March 26th, 2010 - 7:15pm


    I could give up the clothes that don’t fit me anymore, i think that that would be a very good way to clean uo my room. I could also return some stuff that was loaned to me a long time ago.

  • Vickie on March 26th, 2010 - 7:18pm


    We have to do that at my house all the time

  • Marlene on March 26th, 2010 - 8:16pm


    I love Album 51! But it would be col to see some old characters from previous albums to get into the picture-like the Barclays or the Washingtons. I miss them. Bring them back!!!

  • EATHELFLEAD on March 27th, 2010 - 7:59pm


    I Know its hard to part with things i am a missionary i remember when i had to give away most of my things that was hard but know i dont miss that stuff and in the bible it say do not lay up your treasures on earth where moth and rust can spoil them and thieves can break in and steal but lay up your treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot spoil and thieves cannot break in and steal. for where your treasure is there your heart will be also so yup i advise you to part with ur stuff you wont

  • Sid on March 29th, 2010 - 9:00am


    I hope mom doesn’t listen to this episode. She might get some ideas.

  • Gabriella on March 29th, 2010 - 11:39am


    I kept things such as picture books and baby clothes for no reason at all until my mom did a major de-cluttering day and i actually dont miss any of the stuff 😀

  • jaydin:) on March 29th, 2010 - 4:44pm


    I have sooooooooo much stuff that i dont need any moro its CRAZY:) but ill be giving summ of it away YAY YAY LOL I STILL HAVE BABY MY CLOTHES AND IM 12 but theres other girls that need clothes moro then me sooo ya love your #1 fan JAY

  • HORSE LOVER on March 30th, 2010 - 3:17pm


    sounds like my sister. lol. i loved the part with the baby block and kissmas twee. =)

  • t.s on March 30th, 2010 - 9:02pm


    yea is really funny i have a bother his name is matthew and he has a messy bedroom but he 16

  • lu on March 30th, 2010 - 9:33pm


    kinda convicted me.

  • Sharon on March 30th, 2010 - 11:51pm


    When my family moved here to start the rescue mission we sold or gave away every thing but bare nesities before we made the move. At first it was hard.The hardest part was getting rid of my apright Piano phisacly and emtionaly. But all of use finnaly relized that we weren’t Just doing it for ourselfs. We were doing it for God.

  • Olivia :) on April 1st, 2010 - 6:32am


    Hmm. I could give up my time to witness to people. Or I could give up my money for a church offering. 😀

  • me on April 1st, 2010 - 9:37am


    This episode motivated me to get rid of the junk in my home. I really enjoyed all of the humor. Some of the parenting tactics that Mr. Parker used reminded me of my mom.

  • WHLEIGH on April 1st, 2010 - 10:46am


    My family has been going through a hard financial situation. When I heard the story about clutter, it gave me an idea. My two sisters and I have so many clothes and toys that we do not use. They usually end up in our closets or under our beds forgotten. If we had a yard sell and got rid of half of the things we don’t use or play with, we would have a little extra money to go do something fun or to help buy something we really need. That was my idea. THANKS ODYSSEY! 🙂

  • jaman on April 1st, 2010 - 11:33am


    i don’t know what went wrong. from album 1 to 50 it was a slow ride. but i think this is like the stock market. in other words try old

  • Lindsey s. on April 2nd, 2010 - 2:21pm


    This episode was a copy of an earlier episode about the Barclay’s doing a garage sale for charity. They also had a hard time giving things away and picking what was really important and things that weren’t. I am surprised and disapointed that the folks at Odyssey would copy an earlier episode. I like the episode with the Barclays better.

  • AIO fan on April 2nd, 2010 - 4:43pm


    I would love to go to Taiwan to give books and stuff to younger children!! 🙂

  • Me on April 3rd, 2010 - 1:51pm



  • me 2 3 on April 3rd, 2010 - 1:55pm


    hey where are you guys from im from Canada

  • Abbie on April 5th, 2010 - 11:36am


    you too sid? lol 😉

  • ana on April 5th, 2010 - 12:50pm


    I could donate some of my picture books.

  • Connie fan on April 5th, 2010 - 5:02pm


    I should try to declutter my room it is very dirty!! 🙁

  • Franklin on April 6th, 2010 - 11:39am


    I love it a lot.

  • dori on April 12th, 2010 - 4:42pm


    i love AIO so much i want to be just like GOD thank you

  • Emma on April 16th, 2010 - 6:24am


    add another family, say the Jones’. Because everything is JUST TOO NEW!!!

  • Franklin on April 16th, 2010 - 9:39am


    I love this show its so cool.

  • franklin on April 17th, 2010 - 2:25pm


    I like matthew hes so cool.

  • franklin on April 20th, 2010 - 7:23pm


    I like Matthew Parker.

  • bECCI on May 4th, 2010 - 9:32pm


    I am a huge AIO fan! Although I think that many of the new episodes are good, I am wondering what happened to all of the old characters? What happened to Brady and his family, Mandy and her family, and the Washington’s? Could you make an adventure that explains what happened to them?

  • Anonymous on May 24th, 2010 - 11:08am



  • calvin on June 6th, 2010 - 6:51pm


    i could give away my mc donald toys & my broken re-mote control ve-hicles!

  • anonymous on June 8th, 2010 - 8:50pm


    THANKX IT was good!

  • mael on June 21st, 2010 - 8:17pm


    I have 6 boxes of different things i keep for sentimental reasons.

  • Courtney on June 22nd, 2010 - 7:45am


    my mom is making me throw old stuff away, and it brings back memories, and I wanted to give it away to the poor
    what do I do?

  • mael on July 2nd, 2010 - 7:46pm


    My mom is getting me to get rid of all my stuff but i have so much i dont realy care

  • Keianna on July 17th, 2010 - 6:53pm


    I would love to listen to “Cluter”.I never did before I am excited“>!

  • amy on August 1st, 2010 - 7:58pm


    Sid, your mom sounds kinda like my dad. LOL

  • lady eowyn on December 2nd, 2010 - 9:18pm


    Olivia in this episode pretty much describes me. I hoard dolls and things of that sort like a magpie. I’m to old to play with them, but I don’t want to get rid of them. What a silly thing for a shield maiden of the north to say! But at least I can walk through my garage. I’m not in danger of being buried by mounds of stuff, never to be seen again. The Parkers, though they were only five, were in desperate need of some clearing.
    Lady Eowyn

  • Joan on January 17th, 2011 - 7:17am


    Very convicting devotional. I think it’s time I sorted through the attic and gave away some of the kids’ toys that I’ve been saving for when they grow up. There are things up there that children can enjoy now and there’s no need to hold on to them “just in case” my children might want them in 15 years.

  • ian on January 6th, 2013 - 1:31pm


    I was nine when this podcast came out on my b day.

  • Nosamba on June 3rd, 2013 - 1:31pm



  • zachary on January 17th, 2016 - 11:17am


    hi this is my first session of my new devotional. First if you are not a christian i hope you will become one soon. okay turn to Genesis and read Genesis chap 1. Then pray a prayer of thanks that God created you and your family. God bless

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