Sometimes we hold onto things because we think someday we will use it. But the reality is that holding onto things actually is an emotional bondage. Only by letting go can we find freedom.
This past week my husband and I spent hours, along with my siblings, helping to move my mother. Eight years ago, we moved her from her house into a condo. That was 50+ years of life that we moved into a much smaller space. This weekend we moved her from a condo into a sibling’s house. We took an entire condo and tried to downsize it into a much smaller space. After spending hour upon hour weeding through papers, pictures, and mementos, I came home and decided that it is time to purge!
Which room would you rather be in?
Clutter is debilitating!
Letting go of items brings freedom.
Every day this week I am going to do the following (feel free to do one or all):
1) Find 10 things now to throw away. Act quickly. Don’t give these items much thought. Are there broken items that you “might fix someday?” Newspapers? Magazines? Receipts or bills older than seven years old? How many empty jars do you need for catching fireflys or for projects?
2) Find 10 things now to give away! That dress you bought 10 years ago, but never wore because you never lost those 10 lbs. (All that does is remind you that you never lost that weight. Those negative feelings are self defeating). Knick-knacks that you don’t love and they don’t go with your decor, but you keep because someone gave them to you – get rid of them now!
3) If you already have filled bags to give away, take them to the donation center! I know sometimes I drive away for weeks with bags in my car. This means those bags are taking up space in my mind. As long as they are in my house or in my vehicle, I am thinking about them. Get rid of them and move on. It is a great feeling to let go!
4) Have a great week!