I received a lovely inspiring email the other day from a reader that had an “aha” moment while clearing some clutter in her basement. I love to read these types of success stories. I hope you find it as motivating as I do.
I just had to tell you about my experience today while doing some cleaning out in my basement today. I was trying to clear out an area in my basement to make room for a repair man to come today. It turns out he canceled at the last minute, but I had cleared the area he had intended to do some plumbing work in. It was so nice to see that clear area of floor that it inspired me to keep going.
That cleared out space is now going to be a little exercise area for me. I have a small tv down there that no one is using right now and an old dvd/vcr that just plays dvd’s. I don’t need cable hooked up since I am just going to use it for exercise DVD’s. I actually exercised there today and I had a nice area to spread out and move.
I then went through some old Rubbermaid containers- they weren’t clear so I didn’t know what was in them. I found some old craft projects. Most of them are 1/2 complete (cross stitch quilts, baby bibs- which I don’t need anymore), cross stitch pictures for wedding presents- 1/2 finished except for the names and a few other stitches I don’t know how to do. I also had a quilted wallhanging that I had started during a quilt class I took 11 years ago. I had taken the class during the 8 weeks leading up to my wedding- what was I thinking. I fell behind in the class and didn’t get it finished during the class. I tried a few times to finish it before I had kids, but I needed help and didn’t have the instructor to help me. After 11 years it’s still not done and it bothered me that I didn’t finish it. I have moved onto scrapbooking and photography as my new hobbies., I have come to the conclusion that I can’t be good at everything and I can only have so many hobbies because of time constraints. It felt so good to box up all those 1/2 finished projects. I am going to donate them to the quilting/sewing group at church. It was such a “freeing” feeling to let go of those things and say to myself “it’s okay that I didn’t finish these projects, sewing just isn’t my thing.” I am good at other things.
I just had to share that with you. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Clutter truly does weigh us down emotionally.
Lessons to be learned here:
Just starting is half the battle but once you do start use the motivation and elation you feel in your accomplishment to keep going. It is possible and you can do it.
Think about whether or not the space you have given your clutter permission to take over could be put to better use. Are you really willing to give up square footage of usable space in your home for stuff you “might” just use or need one day?
What about the life you are living right now?
Projects in progress can hold us back whether we are aware of it or not. Do you have projects that don’t interest you anymore, that have been cluttering up your space for years, yet you feel some sort of obligation to complete? Follow this reader’s example and let them go and feel the weight lift from your shoulders as a result. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?
Really stop and think about the power you are putting in the hands of your clutter. What kind of hold does it have on you and why are you allowing it to happen?
Make today the day you regain control. You can do it!
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