Using my keen sense of observation, I have decided that we often act like upright walking squirrels gone mad.
When I look in some closets (mine included) it appears we are like squirrels, but without the excuse that we need to store food for winter. Said more simply we collect and store clothes, hats, handbags etc. etc. and cling to these items long after they are of use to us. We jam things in every corner of the draws, shelves, closets and baskets we own. If we run out of places to put belongs we buy boxes and containers – ever heard of a junk drawer! Of course you have. This is the ultimate sign of too much stuff…we acknowledge it. We call it “JUNK.”
However, do we get rid of it? Of course not! And, if you’re like me, you keep pushing down the old junk in the drawer to make room for new junk. This madness must stop!
I know you’re going to tell me that the clothes, shoes, scarfs, bracelets (I’m talking about the ones you never wear) all have sentimental value, but do you truly remember why anymore?
Won’t it feel good to purge every now and again? Do you get the urge to purge especially (but not limited to) the spring season? We call it “spring cleaning” but trust me it feels good any time of the year.
Here’s a possible path out of the madness. In the book, SoulSpace, by Xorin Balbes the author describes how our homes reflect and even direct our lives based on what we have in them. He helps people figure out what is and more importantly, what isn’t working…spatially in your home. Xorin provides a process to help you create a SoulSpace that respects your past, celebrates who you are now, and helps you intelligently move into the future.
Here is one question to get you started: Do your associations with your belongings lift you up or bring you down?
Many of you probably do this with relationships, but have you ever asked this question regarding your clothes? We keep pieces of clothing, accessories, and jewelry (especially jewelry) for all sorts of reasons not always consciously as you may now be realizing. The really cool thing is that assessing our belongings based on how they make us feel is totally a revelation or at least it was for me!
This one question led to a deep and passionate reassessment of my wardrobe. Looking at your clothes based on how they make you feel is cathartic. You’ll be smiling in no time. Simply ask “Does it make me smile or does it irritate me? Does this jewelry make me feel guilty or happy? Do I have fond memories or any memories at all about this hat or the person who gave it to me? If you’re going to wear these things, you should feel good about it! If you are starting to feel the urge to purge, go for it!
PS When you are done purging, select out the pieces that have value and get busy photographing them so you can sell them online – just because they don’t work for you doesn’t mean someone else won’t love them.