Life is full of stuff we don’t need, want or even realise is there until it falls out of a cupboard while you’re trying to remove a blockage from the u-bend of your bathroom sink. Ok. So it wasn’t just anything that (persistently) fell on me, it was one of those Wii boards we all had to have a few years back because it would make us a better, fitter person. Yes, I admit, I rarely used it. Is it sitting in a cupboard unused and unloved? No. It’s on the floor of my bathroom covered in gross u-bend water after it tried to viciously attack me!
What I’m trying to say is whether it’s a physical object, emotional baggage, or mental clutter, we’ve all got old stuff lingering around where it needs not be.
Recently, I’ve been doing regular minimalism sweeps of my home, removing objects that hold no value to me anymore. It’s a process, as I’m sure you can gather from the anecdote about the feral board of fitness, but I’ve found the act of keeping my space clean and free of clutter super helpful in attempting to keep my mind the same way.
I’ve known for years that the space I live in is a direct reflection of my state of mind, but I’ve never looked at it the other way round. I’ve always figured all that nasty crap was a required fixture in the corner of my mind and I’d just spend the rest of my days skirting around it, trying not to upset the pile when I reached for something good hidden in the centre of it all, only for it to come careering down on me eventually.
Could it be that all this time, as I was purging items, I could also have been taking a good look at what thoughts, ideas, emotional hurt, and mindsets just don’t serve me anymore? Talk about an EPIPHANY!
I’m a habitual dweller: I’ll pick out the biggest hurt and sit on it for a few hours until suitably miserable, but lately, a few of the old favourites don’t do the trick and couple of times I’ve even caught myself thinking… “Maybe I can let go of this now.”
May I can let go of this now. Maybe all the things that are superfluous to my well-being can piss off. Maybe I am in control of what goes on in my own mind. Maybe I need to take ownership of that fact instead of refusing to acknowledge it.
So, over the next few months, I’ll be working on removing physical, emotional, and mental clutter from my life and I invite you to join me. Let’s get together at the end of it all, have a big “release party” and move forward.