Every piece of wisdom that comes our way tells us that life should be simple. It is just us who make it complicated. Stress it seems is also something we create. Why then is life so often complex and hard to fathom? How come we are running around with no idea of where we are going? If simplicity, ease and happiness are all around us, why is it so difficult to relax?
The answer would appear to be junk! That is the clutter and the debris that slowly builds up around us. Junk is in our heads, and it is in our lives. It in our houses and everywhere we go, we take it with us. Maybe it’s just this time of year, but we can really feel it starting to build up.
Perhaps it comes with the season. Things have reached that point. It is time to clear the decks! It is time to reach into the attics of our houses and our minds. It time to clear the clutter. We want to free up that space and reclaim calmness and simplicity. It is time to take our lives back. Here are some appropriate thoughts on how you can do just that.
Let it go.
This could be the phrase of the year. Let it go! So simple to say and hard to do. Where do you start with a process that could well be a little messy? Start at home of course. We are not going to be able to think straight until this junk stuff is all out of the way.
Now no one is gong to thank you on the surface for emptying out everything from the house, garage and garden and getting rid of it. In fact, they are going to think you are a little mad. Don’t worry about that, they’ll be glad of it when they see the results. For now it is enough to plan your strategy. Go through your house with a demon list.
If you don’t like it, use it or need it, out it goes.
It doesn’t matter too much where you start. You could begin with yourself of course. Hit the wardrobe with a vengeance. Pull it all out. Sort through it and get rid off everything you don’t fit, need or even like. At the back of your mind reward yourself with the possibility of replacing a few items but be ruthless. Shoes, coats, hats, the works.
Extend your benevolent vision to those around you. You could make it simple for them. Either they fill these black plastic bags or you will. Draw others into your energy. Once you get going on these cathartic clean outs, you’ll surprise yourself with your enthusiasm. Soon enough the bags will start to accumulate.
Get into cupboards, attics, storage rooms, and unused bedrooms. Get underneath beds and get on top of wardrobes. Pull it out and push it towards the door. This is where all this clutter and stuff is going.
Put the kettle on and have a cup of tea. This is going quite well but you are going to need your energy.
Block out any thoughts or sayings such as, this might come in useful, back in fashion, or thoughts that encourage you to hold back. Engage tunnel vision. Get into the kitchen, drag out the fondue set and the popcorn maker. Don’t be swayed by thinking how one day you might have time. You don’t and you won’t.
Our junk clings to us with promises that are never kept. It is not going to happen. Drag it outside, screaming and kicking if you have to. Pile it all up.
Look in those places where we put all the stuff that no one wants. The shed and the garage are key players here. Don’t neglect the attic or basement. These are all a part of your domain, and everything in it affects you. Stuff loves to hide in the dark, so drag it out into the light.
Don’t leave it. Act now. Don’t fall prey to the idea that you’ll have a garage sale one day or that you’ll make a fortune at a car boot sale. Call a house clearance company who can come and take it all away. Wave it goodbye. Congratulate yourself. You have just completed a mammoth task. Already you are feeling lighter, better and in spite of all the letting go, it was just stuff.
Take the same energy into every other part of your life. Think of it as going through your inbox, selecting and pressing delete. Each time you do it, you feel a little nervous. You think you’ll need it, but you won’t.
Give yourself a financial health check. Disconnect yourself from all those things and payments that no longer matter. Go through you actual inbox. Again the key is not to dwell or think too much.
Disconnect and lighten up. There was once a well-respected lawyer who had been ill and came back to his office to find hundreds of emails awaiting his attention. He was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start. He simply deleted them all. Did it matter? He didn’t think so. He figured that if anything was important enough it would let him know.
It takes a lot of courage to de-clutter. But it’s not difficult to do. However, you are not doing this for any other reason than to get back a sense of perspective and simplicity. Getting rid of the clutter opens us up. It frees up energy and helps us function better. It makes us feel clearer. It starts a process whereby we can examine why we do things. We stop just accepting that is the way things are. In fact, de-cluttering empowers us and makes us stronger.
With the New Year just around the corner there is no better time than now. You’ll be able to move forwards smoothly, feeling light and easy. You’ll be able to make new contacts and new decisions. Hopefully without accumulating any more junk! De-clutter today and restore your sanity.