So is it just me or do we all have days when we just want to pitch everything out? Part of me would love to rent one of these big garbage bins and turf everything. Is that wrong? The environmentalist in me wants to recycle and donate as much as we can...but oh..some days....
I know spring is coming when I get these urges to throw everything away. I need to clear the air and the stale energy in our house. Of the two of us, I am the one most likely to throw things away. My husband, however is not good with change and will look at something and say, "I might be able to use this so I better keep it." This is our fear of not having enough, or fear of lack. We are fearful that when we do need that very thing, that we will not be able to buy it, or replace it. That just is not true. If you have not used that item in the 10 years we have lived in this house, then you never will. The unfinished projects that hover around can be exhausting. Clutter becomes daunting and steals your energy. Stagnate energy becomes physically tiresome and emotionally heavy to the point you don't know where to even start. I will admit I am a dumper. I will take complete ownership of that behavior. I dump things creating plies with the intention that I will deal with it later. But then something else takes my attention and the plies grow. And then we feel overwhelmed by the clutter. It is a vicious cycle. It holds us back from our purpose and weighs us down .
If we start simple it can be manageable. Take one of those cardboard boxes you have just in case you need one, and write Donations on it. Take it to your closet and put 5 items in there that are in good condition that you have not worn in a year. Or take your box into the kitchen and sort through one cupboard. You will be amazed how quickly you can fill that box up. They key is to give yourself permission to release those things that no longer serve you. We hold onto things, relationships, and emotions because as much as they may drain us energetically, they are comfortable and easy. When we stay in a holding pattern, changing nothing, not moving forward, we actually are moving backwards. Releasing that stale energy is hard at first. But here's the thing, as soon as you release old useless energy you have made way for the new energy. Just like opening the windows and airing out the house. You do need to take that box when it is full to a second hand shop. Don't just pile the stale energy into a box and give it a fancy title of donations and not follow through. This is a great way to serve others by re-purposing perfectly good items.
Now we have started to create energy as we release that which no longer serves us. Take that recycled energy and clear more clutter. The material clutter in our home is a manifestation of the energetic and emotional clutter we carry with us. As you let the clutter go, you are recycling that old stagnate energy into something you can use and into something that will serve you.
So here is my challenge. Fill a garbage bag, a donation box and a recycle box this week. Clear out the garbage that is weighing you down. Be bold and ask for help if you need help. Engage everyone in the house in this activity. Releasing all that clutter may just free you up to do something fun with all that new energy you found. Better still it will help you clean out another drawer or closet next week. I started with my desk, which I am now sitting at writing this entry. There is still work to do, but I am getting there.
Well if you will excuse me, I have more clutter to clear out; I have lots of new energy to make space for.