I’ve been doing a lot of “spring cleaning” lately.
Only it’s more like the great summer purge.
Living in an apartment, there is no room for extra stuff. You either shove it in the closet hoping it doesn’t pop out when guests are over, or you have to let it go and donate it or toss it out.
While cleaning out my drawers I found that I’ve held onto things for years…from college…from high school. Why was I holding on? Because they brought back memories when I’d look at them.
And memories are great, but they can also turn you into a hoarder.
I noticed when cleaning out my closet, I had so many pairs of jeans. All kinds of styles… boot cut, wide leg, legging. And two of them still had the price tags on!
What was this all about? Well they were on sale so I couldn’t NOT get them. But then they’d been sitting in my closet for 3 years presumable for that day when I’d miraculously be able to fit into them.
It’s crazy when I look at it from the outside and try to be as objective as possible. That’s because “things” can tend to make you feel emotionally connected and getting rid of them can feel a bit sad.
But, I’ve put that all behind me. I work with a mission to have everything out that is not necessary. I even worked on the kids room and found so many broken toys that were just taking up space.
Wow what a relief to have everything in order!
That’s why I want to live my life more simple.
When you cut down on the clutter and get rid of holding on to things for “one day… maybe..” or “I want to remember the good times..” you end up not living in the moment, but in the past or the future.
Being more present to me, is about letting all that go. Of course there are times to reminisce about the old days or planning ahead for what you want your future to be like. But, it’s not good to always be in those two places all the time.
I’m not saying that’s how I am, but when I look around and assess the things I’ve accumulated, it may reflect a little bit of that.
So, I have been ridding myself of things that I know I haven’t used or worn in ages. And I’m keeping my closet light. If I can see everything, then I know what I have and things don’t go to waste.
I’m also not going to worry about wearing a new outfit every day. Perhaps it’s part of aging… but I honestly don’t care if I wear the same two things and alternate them each day.
Life is so much more fulfilling to me this way. I’m free from the burden of becoming consumed by the superficial.
Every now and then, sure, I’ll indulge myself and dress up.
But for now, it’s time to clean out the junk and kick it to the curb!
And on another note… one of my dreams is to live on a piece of land in a tiny home. Anyone else think that would be ideal? Am I alone in wanting a simpler life? Come on ladies comment! I am hearing crickets lately.. where is everyone? I know you’re reading the posts LOL.