Closet clean Out

 In Blog, Pam Cavanaugh


A few months ago I got the “bug” to clean out and organize my closets. I really don’t know what I was

thinking…but I forged ahead. 

The earth’s seasons come and go, cycling around in our lives. As humans, the seasons of our lives keep

moving perpetually! So I assume that because of this season of my life, I was motivated to clean out and


My first closet on the list was the closet in my living area or den. The first rule for organizing a closet is to

pull everything out of the space in the closet in order to rightly see and organize:Wow! As I started pulling

items out, I felt like Mary Poppins. You remember; the nanny who came to live with and take care of the

two children in the Banks home. She had a carpet bag out of which she pulled all of these items to put

around her new lodging place.

I started the closet clean out and felt like Jane and Michael watching Mary Poppins remove items from her

bag with their mouths wide open. How could that much stuff come out of that size closet!?

The other amazing realization was ….. wait for it … “What is THAT doing in this closet: towards the back of

the closet!?” I remarked; “I have been looking for that. Oh, that’s where it’s been hiding!” I feel most of my

readers can relate to this. Sometimes our spaces fill up and are forgotten and not dealt with.

The moving out of these items struck me. This is such a picture of my heart spiritually. I need a spiritual

closet clean out. I realized I need to examine and clean out the closet of my heart. I need to discover the

things that might be shoved away in my heart like the back of an unseen closet: things that are hindering my

walk with God.


“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If

we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse

us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn.1:8,9)


I must ask myself; “Oh Lord, what is that doing in my heart’s closet? How did that get there? How did that

get there!!!?” So we begin examining our hearts and lives by sifting them through the word of God; praying,

asking, confessing. When we examine our hearts, the sanctification process of becoming holy or more like

Christ becomes a lifelong process, not a one time event.


“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the

law of the spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

For God has done what the Law, weakened by the flesh, could not do, by sending His

Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin He condemned sin in the flesh, in order

that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not

according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Rom.8:1-4).


The closet clean out is finished, and the closet is organized. The unnecessary stuff has been removed. My

closet is complete. Nothing is hidden away. And my heart has been challenged. It has a new beat. In the

words of Mary Poppins … “Spit, Spot!”

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