It’s officially fall. It’s time for things to die back and go to sleep so that we can rejuvenate and be reborn. This makes now a perfect time to clear stuff out. What stuff? Anything that no longer serves you. Here are some suggestions.
If you get emails from retailers, programs, vacation operators, etc. that you don’t read, it’s time to unsubscribe. Although it may only take a second to hit the delete button, clutter is clutter. It’s a drag on your energy. It takes up space in your brain that can distract you. So when you’re tempted to get on that mailing list, think twice. Do you really need that in your life?
Virtual Social Groups
How many social groups are you subscribed to? How many do you actually actively participate in? If you’re not giving this your full time and attention and getting something out of it, it’s probably a distraction. If you want to have time for what you want and what you love, you have to reclaim the time you give to things that aren’t contributing to growth or love. Maybe it’s time to delete your groups or maybe even your whole social account.
Hobby Materials or Equipment
Did you used to engage in yoga, sports, crafting or art and haven’t done it in a while? Do you still have a lot of the stuff related to those activities laying around? What about books? Musical equipment? Are there piles of unused stuff taking up space in your life because you think you want to get back to it someday? Life’s happening now. What does your life look like now? Are you really going to go back to that thing or is it a dream? If you haven’t used your old things in the last year, perhaps it’s time to let it go. If you donate it or sell it, someone who will actually get some use out of it can enjoy it.
Clothes go out of fashion. Our tastes change. Sometimes our size changes. Most of us have far more clothes than we can ever wear. Why not go through and purge the things that don’t reflect your current self? If your clothes are ill fitting, stained, out of shape, or not really wearable anymore, it’s really time to let them go. Maybe while you’re at it, you downsize your appetite for newness and just enjoy what you have.
You know, some relationships go on longer than they need to. I don’t want to give the impression that people are disposable. That’s not what I mean. It’s just that sometimes people grow apart. They aren’t connected in the way that they used to be. Or perhaps the relationship has become toxic. Everything has its own season. When we release the right things at the right time, we continue to grow and thrive.
It’s easy to get in a routine of doing the same thing over and over. Habits are hard to break. Routine is not a reason to keep doing something. Just because you’ve gone to Disney every year for the last five years doesn’t mean that 2018 ought to be the sixth time. Do you really want to keep up that dance class? What about your job? How about that support group you started? Things run their course. Check your life to see what feels “finished” and let it go.
Fall is a time of letting go, pruning, dying back, and being quiet. It’s not time to go out and fill the space with something else. That’s what we tend to do. We don’t let ourselves sit in spaciousness and quiet. Let this fall be different. Practice getting in tune with the seasons. The time for new things will come. When you give yourself a break before choosing the next thing, it’s often more fulfilling because it becomes a thoughtful process rather than a knee jerk impulse.
When we hold on to things that have outlived their usefulness, they become clutter. They serve no purpose. They crowd our day, our mind, and our life. Our stuff then begins to steal our energy and our joy.
If you can’t fit your stuff neatly inside your space, you have too much stuff. I know we like to blame it on our organizational skills. Downsizing will give you perspective on that.
If you can’t fit your activities into a single day, you are too busy. When your life doesn’t flow well or feed your soul, you have too many of the wrong people and things in it. (They are not “wrong” people, just the wrong fit for you). Clearing things out is an easy way to regain your joie de vivre. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.