Sunday, January 20, 2013
Week 3: The Great Purge
Getting rid of things can be hard, we attach ourselves to objects like a child to a toy. Learning that we are not defined by things is a big grown up skill. Where to start? Like everything else in Evolution, we do it slow and easy.
First, determine what local charity will pick up donations right from your front door. I use DonateStuff.com. Schedule an appointment each week or a couple times a month.
Now we purge. Once a week, gather a large trash bag or a big box and fill it. You can randomly grab things throughout your house or focus on a room or a closet.
What to toss? What to keep? What you keep should fall into one or both of the following categories:
It is Beautiful to You. We already know that things do not define us, but surrounding ourselves in beauty makes us the creators of our world. Our home decor, for example, is an extension of our SELF creating a temple in-which to live and love. Clothing is also an extension of our SELF. Keep the styles you love and put the rest in the bag-even if it fits. Imagine it going to a new home where it will be loved by another person.
It's Useful. The lawn mower may not be beautiful to you, but by-golly don't give it away! If you use it, keep it. It should be useful now or at a specific period of time in the future. Not "sometime", a specific time. Craft supplies, projects, gifts - sit down with your scheduler and plan time for them or give them away.
When purging, guilt may distract you. The item may be a gift, an heirloom or brand new. Guilt is not a reason to keep something. Excitement, inspiration - those are reasons to keep something. Don't surround yourself with obligations out of guilt.
Why do this? We deserve to surround ourselves with stuff we love. Things and tools that are useful, not get in our way and hold us back.
• Do at least one act of self-care a day.
• Eat at least 2 fruits or vegetables a day.
• Fill and donate one bag of "stuff" a week.
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