“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.” ~Marie Kondo
After the roof blowing off our house and the flood in the master bathroom and bedroom, it has been the summer of remodeling. We have lived in our house for almost 20 years; we have acquired a lot of stuff. So, when we had to move all of our furniture and items from every closet into the living room so they could put in the new tile it was an eye opener. I am a person who purges on a regular basis and gets rid of stuff, but when you move everything from a 2000 square foot house into your living room, you see how much stuff you really have. We have too much stuff and I went on a BIG PURGE. I have filled bags and boxes and made at least 10 trips to donate clothes, furniture and household items to local agencie. I have thrown away bags and bags of things and shredded years of old documents –I no longer need the addendum contract for coaching softball from 1983. Things went into folders and were never looked at again – I got rid of a ton of manuals for devices we no longer own. It was an arduous process to go through every document in the files and every item in the closets and rooms, but now that I am almost done, it feels wonderful.
The hardest things for me to purge were the mementos and knick-knacks from awards, trips and friends. I am grateful for the awards I have won in my life – but they are not who I am. The awards, plaques and trophies were at my office when I worked. But now that I am retired, most of the awards went into boxes in closets or hung in the guest bedroom and I decided it was time to let them all go. I took photographs of all the key items in case I ever want to see them again and then I got rid of them. It was a very freeing feeling. I have lots more space now. It has been another great lesson in detachment and detaching to material things.
I got rid of furniture and there is more empty space in the rooms – I don’t have to fill every inch of each room with furniture and things. I got rid of so many knick-knacks that on many surfaces of tables and desks I don’t have anything on top of them. It will make it easier to dust and clean and feels more open. I looked at each item in my house and asked if the item spoke to my heart and brought me joy and if it didn’t, I got rid of it. I am resetting my life and embarking on a new lifestyle - less is more. It feels like a new home and I am excited about it.
Do you have things in your home that no longer speak to your heart? Why are you still holding on to them?
Do you need to get rid of any clutter in your house or workspace? If the answer is yes, what is stopping you?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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