As soon as you’re done reading this, grab a garbage bag, walk calmly to the nearest, overstuffed closet and get rid of junk that’s clogging up your mental and physical space. Yes, I haven’t even seen your stuff but I suspect a lot of it is junk. Get rid of it one way or another and leave a little room for something new and delightful to come into your life.
I have a divorced friend who really wanted to find the right guy and get married again but was really struggling to find husband material. It occurred to her that the old wedding dress from her first marriage was still taking up space in her closet. If you’ve already got one dress in there it’s pretty tough to squeeze a second one in so she donated the old rag to make room for a new one.
Of course, I wouldn’t be sharing this story if it didn’t work and today she is happily married with two great kids.
Old, unused stuff takes up not only physical but emotional and psychological space as well. There are a thousand or more methods to purging espoused by people who get paid to organize other people’s messes but the short of it is this: If you haven’t used it, needed it or missed it for 6 months it’s junk. Get rid of it, now. Don’t dwell, just toss and move on.
I’ve been going through an aggressive purge over the past few months (that’s how long it takes when you have a toddler at home all day) and the lightness I feel might cause me to float away on a windy day. It’s all good though. I’d rather be a kite than a lead weight.
While roaming around online I found a post by another blogger who has a far more thoughtful and sensitive approach to eliminating clutter (not to mention far more wordy but then, I’ve always been a minimalist). Note the title of their blog – it made me smile anyway.