Letting go

January 23, 2012 | My Jottings

Here’s a short passage from Matthew chapter 19 about the rich young ruler and his meeting with Jesus:  That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crest-fallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go.

Jesus looked straight into the heart and soul of the rich young ruler and revealed what was on the throne there — the man’s wealth. His money, his holdings, his stuff. He just couldn’t let any of it go.

Well, I’m going to let go of some more stuff.  These things just add to the hidden clutter in my house and as part of my attempt to donate 365 things in 2012, these are the next to go.

Below are two kitchen cabinet door handles that I bought online in 2007 to inspect and see if I wanted them in our kitchen remodeling project. I opted for other handles (which you can see here, among other photos of our house), and these two pictured have been in a drawer. The round one is supposed to be a lion, but at times it looked like an ape to me, and that wasn’t quite the look I was going for. (For those of you who are leaning toward the new Simian Kitchen trend, you might like the monkey pulls and I certainly don’t judge you.)

I don’t even know if we have the television connected to this remote. Why should it sit in a drawer?

I have rolled up and kept our yearly calendars in an armoire for years. I think there’s a sentimental part of me that didn’t want to throw out anything that said things like, “Kids coming overnight” or “trip up the North Shore,” or “Mr. McBoy’s 5th birthday.” These calendars have been journals of our lives, in a sense. But I’m going to throw away four of them. The oldest one is from the late 1990s. (I know. That’s a little strange. Oh well….I offer no defense.)

That’s my seven items this week. I’m letting them all go.

Have you thrown or donated anything this year yet?


  1. Ember says:

    Something I hadn’t really thought about when we began this, is the time-capsule effect – these blogged items to pass on create a kind of life review, don’t they? The people we (thought we) were, or something. x

  2. Just Julie says:

    Yes, that’s a good way to put it, Ember. Thank you. xxoo

  3. Savannah says:

    Haha. This makes me think of how whenever I watch the show “Hoarders” I go and declutter a drawer, or throw something (or give away) that I don’t need/want. =D
    It never fails.
    Watching hoarders =’s a clean house!

  4. Just Julie says:

    I can understand that – the few times I’ve watched it’s quite motivating! 🙂

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