I’ve always liked to do a deep clean and get rid of the things that I no longer use or need. It sounds a bit odd I know, but when I take the time to declutter, I feel as if a weight has been taken off of my back. Maybe it’s because summer is winding down & the seasons will be changing soon. Or, maybe it’s because my son has moved out again. I don’t know why and it doesn’t really matter, but it’s time to declutter again.
When I go through my things and remove the ones that no longer have a special meaning to me, I make space for the ones that do. I also make space for new things, experiences and ideas to come into my life. By getting rid of the old, I have space to change and grow into the new version of myself.
We’re always changing from day to day. Even though it may not seem like it, we are not the same person each and every day. Events and experiences change us and each day we are a slightly different version of the one we were the day before.
With this constant change in mind, it is obvious to me that if we are changing, then what we surround ourselves with will need to change as well. Otherwise we can be stuck in the past with the things that no longer hold special meaning to us and unable to move forward on our path. So, this leads me to the need to declutter in my my life. I’ve changed and I want my surroundings to better reflect who I am right now in this moment in time and not who I was 2 weeks or 5 years ago.
Sometimes my decluttering will be just a few things. I’ll go through one drawer or one room in the house. Other times this decluttering will be much more involved. I’m currently in the middle of a major urge to declutter. I told my son I was getting rid of whatever he didn’t take to school with him. Of course, I was joking about that, but I wasn’t joking about wanting to simplify and create a version of my surroundings that is in line with the current version of myself.
I’ve been working my way through the house for the past few weeks. Fitting this urge to declutter into my schedule means that I may be at this for awhile. But, that’s okay because with each load of stuff that I donate, I feel lighter and less weighed down by the past. I find myself ready to move forward and I’m excited to see where this new version of me is going. I’m creating space for those new experiences and I’m freeing myself up for the next thing that sparks joy in my life.
Remember, this decluttering doesn’t have to be limited to objects in your home. It can also be tasks or jobs that you do, friendships that have turned toxic or even all the emails that you have backlogged on your computer. In this round of decluttering I’ve cut out a yoga class that I still teach but no longer served my best interests anymore. By taking out the class from my weekly routine, I’ve opened up time to spend on pursuits that are more aligned with my current goals. Even though I’ll teach the class a few more times before I’m done with it, I already feel lighter and excited for what’s to come.
Have you decluttered anything recently? How has it impacted your life? Have you noticed any new experiences showing up that you didn’t expect? It often happens that the universe is just waiting to share new things or experiences with us. We just have to be open to receiving them and have space in our lives. So, find a drawer that is long overdue for a deep clean and start to declutter your life and space today. Join me as I bring my own surroundings into alignment with the current version of me. You’ll