This month, going through all of my belongings, I tried to examine my stuff. Sometimes this is a difficult process but it doesn’t have to be painful or hard all the time. I hope that I can share some of what I have learned about examining my stuff with you to make the process easier.
Don’t judge yourself.
This is probably one of the most important things I learned while getting rid of clutter. Everyone has clutter and junk. Everyone has been collecting something to satisfy those “just in case” fears or to avoid the guilt of letting it go. Don’t judge yourself on account of your stuff. Just learn to change your thoughts and habits and let the stuff go.
Don’t be afraid.
Don’t fear change, of lifestyle, habits, organization, thoughts. Realize that you are afraid and then learn to overcome that fear. Don’t fear empty spaces. Sometimes emptiness is beauty and brings space for open thoughts, peace and happiness. Don’t let fear stop you from going through the closets, drawers, and piles.
Do a little at a time.
This can be exhausting work, going through all of your belongings and deciding what stays and what goes. Give yourself time to breathe and ponder your belongings. If you are tired or cranky, take a break. Go for a walk, meditate, read a sacred text or favorite book. Give your mind a break. Then get back to it when you feel ready.
Do share with others.
Donate unwanted items to those in need. Share your story with others. Share this website and other minimalist ideas with your friends and families who are buried in too much stuff. Share the load of decluttering and get your whole family involved. Sharing will not only help you with the process, but it will help others and make both your journey and their journey more productive and more peaceful.