Decluttering Discovery

Memories made as husband and wife are worth remembering.

As we’ve mentioned we are decluttering our house. Every closet, every drawer, every cabinet is being organized and it feels amazing. If clutter were measured in pounds I think we’ve lost at least 100 pounds. Yes!

I must tell you, we made a discovery in our pantry that brought a smile to our faces.

Years ago, actually when we first got married, I collected match books from any restaurant or hotel we visited. I would put the date inside the book and what we were celebrating as a way to document the event. Imagine my delight when I found my collection buried in the back of our pantry behind some hardly used appliances?

There is the matchbook from the Don Cesar Hotel. We stayed there in June of 1979 to celebrate the one year anniversary of our first date. There’s one from Maison et Jardin, the French restaurant that Tom took me to on that first date. So many memories appropriately remembered with matches–used to ignite a fire.

“Keep the fire lit in your marriage, and your life will be filled with warmth.” – Fawn Weaver

This was a inexpensive way to commemorate our celebrations.

Have you ever considered doing something similar? Unfortunately, matchbooks are a thing of the past. But you could collect business cards or take photos. Just be sure to bring them and keep them in a scrapbook with the date and occasion.

Everyday you are writing your story. How much of it is forgotten unless we take the time to record it in some way.

Emotional Intimacy Prompt: Ask your spouse, “What is one thing we have done in the past that still brings you joy when you think of it?” “What is another way we can create joy-filled memories for the future?”

Date Night Idea: What did you do on your first date? Why not recreate it in some way? If your first date wasn’t that memorable, pick one that was.


Thank you for the years of memories You’ve given us. We pray that our marriage has brought you much joy. Would you help us make wise decisions each day that reveal the priority marriage is above all else? It is for You and Your glory that we ask these things.

In Jesus’ precious name,



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About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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5 Responses to Decluttering Discovery

  1. The gracious kingdom of love’s past
    is found in kitchen drawers,
    things we thought might never last,
    old match-books and pale faded flowers.
    But somehow they have traveled hence
    down the slowly shifting years
    to bring us back to common sense,
    to bring us back to tears
    when we see what we have lost,
    and what still lies ahead
    if we ignore that which it costs
    the heart and soul to wake the dead
    embers of an old desire
    and light again the marriage-fire.


  2. That’s a fun find. There is history there which is made even more special by your jotting the date on them. What a great idea.


  3. Renel says:

    Love the idea if recreating your first date. Might try it. Thank you. 🙂


    • Debi Walter says:

      Oh we hope you do. Remembering those special times we’ve shared AND going the extra mile in recreating it are great ways to keep the home fires burning. We’d love to hear how it goes!
      Debi ❤️


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