A cluttered mind is a cluttered life. That’s what I discovered while cleaning out my closets (including my mental closet). You know it’s time to unload the baggage when the To-Do list is long and the worry list is even longer. As I sifted through the unnecessary wares of my life collection I began to realize not only are these tangible items crowding my space but my anxious thoughts and fears are also cramping my life. I realized it was time to clear it all out.
I began to have Zen moments as I let go of what was not necessary. I threw out an old pair of shoes here and a regret about something in the past there. I tossed out another purse I never used and another worry that will never serve me. I crunched up those old gift bags and stomped on those fears that held me back. My exercise of letting go began to liberate me like never before. A cleaner space gave me freedom to move around and that made me feel better. A clear mind gave me the ability to appreciate life more and helped me focus on what is really important. I loved letting go!
Now keep in mind, it wasn’t easy at first but concentrating on one area at a time gave way for a tidier space and mind. Some items and thoughts were harder to let go. I had to ask myself questions such as, Did I ever really need this? or Did this ever help me? Once I came to the conclusion that these things and these thoughts were not aiding my life in any way it was easy to let go. I knew I had to let go if I wanted to move forward.
During my “cleansing” I came across some things I didn’t know I had. Some of this stuff was buried deep and hidden for a very long time. The covered things were the hardest to let go because those things were a part of me for quite awhile. At times I cried because it was like saying good-bye to an old frenemy that I loved and hated at the same time. Alas, it was now or never and I chose now because I knew it was for the best.
Cleaning out the closet was a healing experience for me and I recommend it to everyone. It’s not easy but it’s worth it in the end. You just have to concentrate on one area at a time until everything is emptied out. You don’t know what you have until you start clearing it out. Clean out the clutter and let go of all that weighs you down. Your future self will thank you.