Oh, the art of letting go. Letting go is easier for some than others. Some people can easily throw away things (and people for that matter). While others hold on more tightly. Whether you like to hold onto things or let them go, each habit serves the purpose of comforting you. It’s outside our comfort zone where we can find the freedom of letting go.
Why It’s Necessary to Learn to Let Go?
When it comes to clutter (and sometimes people but that’s another post), letting go of things that no longer serve you is freedom. It gives you the choice to focus on moments instead of things.
Although you may have collected many possessions that remind you of happy times, those same things can cause frustration when it starts to take over the place you call home. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to revisit a memory or fit back into an old skirt. But if it begins to prevent you from eating comfortably at the dining room table because there’s papers everywhere, or makes getting dressed in the morning a dreadful challenge because you can’t find anything that compliments you, that’s when it becomes a problem.
How to Let Go
This is the hardest part for many people because it’s all about decisions. And people DO NOT like making decisions. I teach my clients how to make purposeful decisions to empower them as they maintain organization in their home. Building new habits and making decisions is the bulk of creating a space you enjoy living in. When deciding on what to keep and what to let go, here are 3 questions that will help making decisions easier:
1. Do I love it?
2. When’s the last time I used it?
3. What purpose is it serving me currently?
If you love something, then you use it and take care of it. If you’ve never used it or it’s been ages since you have, more than likely you have no purpose for it.
How to Re-purpose Your Attachment
Once you’ve decided on items to let go it doesn’t HAVE to become a member of the trash society. It’s difficult to throw away something you’ve spent money on or have had for a long time. There are multiple things you can do instead:
1. Give it away:
You may know of someone who can make better use of it than you. Family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers are a good place to start.
There are TONS of good causes in the community that are looking for what you have. (Need a list of places to donate? Fill out the form below)
3. Craft it away:
If you can find a new purpose for that item right then and there then get your crafts on!
Your future will find you if you let go of your past
Our past should not hinder us from enjoying our present. Each new moment will soon become old. Do not limit the possibilities of your present by holding onto memories of the past. Do not fill your life with things when you could be filling them with moments.