Like thousands of other people, I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. As a person who loves to declutter and take car loads to Goodwill, I devoured it. Marie Kondo's idea of keeping only what you love in your house opened my eyes to a new way of seeing things. Her instruction of expressing gratitude for every single item that you let go is so good for the soul. Her explanation that the purpose of a gift is to be given, and once that is complete, if you don't love it, you should let it go, was revolutionary.
I tore through the house getting rid of all kinds of things. I took seven car loads to Goodwill. The house was looking good and I was feeling good about it. But I knew, despite my best efforts, that there were still some unloved things hanging around and I didn't know how to get rid of them.
My irrational sentimentality or whatever totally put it's foot down and prevented me from eliminating some of the excess in my life.
I didn't know what to do about it, so I just left it as it was. Sounds like so not a big deal, right? I told myself it was fine, but I felt, deep down that there was still room for improvement. Life went on and the status of my home stayed largely the same. I'd pack up a Goodwill box here and there, but I certainly was't being crazy about it.
Then I came across this quote by Chérie Carter-Scott:
"You deserve to have everything in your life exactly the way you want it."
This quote opened up a whole new vein of things for me to get rid of. Instead of feeling obligated by one reason or another, I started to acknowledge that I do, indeed, deserve to have my space exactly the way I want it.
The quote doesn't have a system of checkmarks or an order in which to go about things, but it impacted the way that I view my environment. Empowered by this quote, I continually get rid of things that are no longer serving me. When something comes to my attention and I find myself wishing it was different or not there at all, I do something about it. Some of these things fall into the category of "incompletes and irritants" that I talked about in my earlier post this week.
So, maybe you're not a decluttering junkie like I am and you need a reason to go through all the trouble of getting rid of things (I mean, it is a lot of work). If that's you, here's your reason:
Getting rid of excess, opens up space in your mind and in your home for what you really want.
If there's no room in your life for the new, shiny things that you want, they will not come to you. My guess is that if you're reading this, there is something more that you want in life. It doesn't matter if you want more vacations instead of clothes, once you start opening up your life for other things by cleaning up your space, the vacation opportunities will start showing up.
Start here. This is an easy thing to do. (And you'll probably makes some one's day by getting rid of your excess things.)