At the end of 2014 I got a bee in my bonnet in the form of a huge urge to start cleaning and clearing my space. I started on my own, and then jumped into Kate Northrup's "Feng Shui for Financial Freedom", (which has some great advice!), and also had Marie Kondo's "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" on hand to remind me to keep in my home only those things that brought me JOY.
My totally non-scientific (though apparently proven time and again) theory on the topic is this:
When you let go of things that aren't serving your highest good - material possessions, relationships, behavior patterns, etc. - it makes room energetically for something new.
How cool is THAT?!
At the time I was de-cluttering my life on multiple levels. I had just broken up with my boyfriend, decided it was time to go through the bank statements in my kitchen cupboards (that had landed there when I moved into my place in a bit of whirlwind years earlier), and to clear out the boxes and boxes of STUFF that were taking up precious storage space in my urban town-home.
It was all fueled by the thought that if I could just let go of what wasn't serving me, I could make room for what I wanted in my life . Let go of the boyfriend? Make room for a new relationship. Let go of all the crap in my closets? Make room for only exactly what I wanted in my home. Let go of bad behavior? That always seems to be a work in process - but really it makes room for having high-quality people in my life who reflect the good behaviors I want to cultivate. Ultimately nothing bad can come of clearing and cleaning your life - material possessions and otherwise.
This weeks homework is to take inventory of things you are holding onto (either passively or for dear-life), and think about how you might let some of them go. Make a list in your journal, and then work through it at a pace that feels just outside your comfort zone. If you need some guidance on material things - Kondo's book is a great place to start.
As for me? Today is my 45th birthday, and I have spent the weekend creating bags of things that need to go to Goodwill. Clothes that don't fit, books I won't read again, and toys my kids are too big to play with. They will all bring someone else joy - and I can make better use of the energetic space it is creating for something new in my life.
I am clearing the way for a new year - and am so excited for what's in store.
See you next week,
P.S. I did let my boyfriend go. And after four months apart there was room to re-evaluate and create something completely new together. It's ALL good!
Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.