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#657: “Clutter”
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May 13, 2009
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Matthew 6:19-21

19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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“Clutter” is episode #657 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Bob Hoose, and originally aired on March 20, 2010.


After nearly being mauled by the junk in his own garage, David Parker declares that his family is going to have a yard sale. Will the entire Parker family survive parting with their treasures?


David Parker is sorting through the junk in the Parker family garage when Red Hollard drops in. David is trying to get to the sprinkler system controls and tries to explain to Red the 'Pack Rat' habits of his family. After a box of old mugs falls (almost) on top of him, David decides to talk to his family about a Garage sale.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why does David think it’s time to have a yard sale?
  2. What are the reasons that each Parker family member tried to hang onto their “clutter"?
  3. What are three things you’ve outgrown that you could donate to a local charity?
    • Read Matthew 6:19-21. What do you think Jesus means when he says, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
David Parker Marc Evan Jackson
Eva Parker Amanda Troop
Olivia Parker Hope Levy
Matthew Parker Zach Callison
Camilla Parker Sydney Shiotani
John Whittaker Andre Stojka
Red Hollard Steve Eastin

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Jenny Whittaker John Whittaker


  • This episode is possibly a spoof of the Berenstain Bears book "Clean House" in which the Bears find a lot of clutter and decide to have a yard sale.
  • Olivia's "Barberina" toys are probably a reference to Barbie products.




Red Hollard: Now there's a find! A wood sander? Still in the box? You put that up for sale I'd jump on that like a duck on a June bug.

David Parker: But first, I'm gonna get through this junk if it kills me.
Red Hollard: Uh, Mr. Parker!?
David Parker: Please, call me David.
Red Hollard: David! Look out! <loud crashing sound>

Olivia Parker: Dad, will you take your youngest daughter back to wherever you found her? She's driving me crazy!

David Parker: How old is this sock? Did something die in it? It looks like it has rigor mortis!

David Parker: You’re real big on catch phrases centered around barnyard animals, aren't you?
Red Hollard: They make me smile like a fat tick on a skinny dog!

Matthew Parker: I thought family spontaneity was when we do something fun. This is more of a “spontaneous not-fun” kind of family thing.

David Parker: What about you, Camilla? You’ve been awfully quiet. Do you have a woeful reason why you can’t help this weekend?
Camilla Parker: Nope. I just want to do what you want me to do. I love you Daddy.
David Parker: <chuckles> I love you too honey, but I'm afraid that won't get you out of this cleanup.
Camilla Parker: Oh, man.

Chris Anthony: Speaking of clutter, you should see the inside of my closet!

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