Clearing out has been something that has come up often for me personally over the past several months.
I’ve been going through my house getting rid of things that no longer serve me or my family. This means I’ve went through things a number of times, because sometimes the first time we come to something we aren’t ready to let go of it. We tend to have ties to things that are emotional which makes it hard to let go of them. But when I’m coming back to something for the third time in only a few months’ time it’s easier for me to identify if it’s a cherished treasure or something that isn’t as meaningful as I once believed it to be.
Just because something was once extremely meaningful and dear to our hearts doesn’t mean it will always hold that same value. I can recall holding onto so many notes (yes, those things we use to write each other and exchange as kids and teens before texting was ever the cool thing to do) from friends or old boyfriends long after graduating high school. Those notes were memories some good, some bad, and some sad but they were a way back in time so to speak. I remember going through them and throwing some away but still holding onto others. In particular I had a stack of notes from a boy, this boy was from my past and there was a time in my life when I thought about him 24/7 and he had met an unfortunate early death. Now there had been years between his untimely and tragic death and the times when he was such a huge part of my thoughts and feelings. But for years and years and years I couldn’t part with them it was like a connection to him that I wasn’t ready to let go of.
One day I was going through a bunch of things in my attic and came across all those old letters and decided it was time to let go of them. There was no reason to hold onto them. They weren’t going to change anything that had played out in my life or his, they weren’t going to bring him back, or reconnect us, and they were no longer serving me. In fact, holding onto those was holding me back and keeping me stuck. Letting go of them was difficult but I knew it was time.
I’ve since moved on and have allowed many amazing people and things to come into my life. These days I’m mainly clearing out clothing that longer long fits, or I just don’t like the way it fits or looks on me. Décor that doesn’t light me up or represent what I’m all about, or toys my daughter no longer plays with. It allows me to have space, to avoid clutter, and to allow for other things to come into our lives. To allow the things that matter, things that light us up, things that will serve us and our life’s mission.
I encourage you to go through your space and let go of what no longer serves you. I’m not saying devote days on end to this process you can totally do a little bit over a period of time. The end result is such a freeing experience. When I walk into my bedroom now it feels expansive, warm, inviting, comfortable, and open therefore I love the time I spend in there.
How can you open up space in your life to receive amazing things that you desire and deserve?