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You Have Too Much Stuff

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With a new move on the horizon, I have been thinking a lot about “out with the old, in with the new.” Lately, there has been a lot of cleaning out and clearing out in my life. Doing away with belongings that no longer serve me that have instead been cluttering my space and energy.

By allowing this release and letting go of “stuff”, we are able to welcome in energy that serves us and create space for what is next.

I keep realizing how much of a benefit it has been for me to move so much throughout my twenties because with each move, I must eliminate and simplify. It becomes a spiritual purge for me, being able to detach myself from old items, mementos, clothing, etc. There’s something extremely liberating when you can look at an item that once held sentimental value – perhaps a card that someone gave to you five years ago or a sweater you had bought for a special day a long while back – and to be able to detach yourself from that. To acknowledge the memories… and then release.

Believe me, having unexpectedly lost my mom three years ago, I was finding every reason to hang on to certain things. “But I bought these boots when I was with Mom.” “But Mom was still alive when I got this scarf.” So, I’d keep those items hidden away, never to be seen until the next move. Finally, you just have to cut the cord. And those things would find their way into my “donate” pile. The weight was lifted.

If you can look at something you have in your house and truthfully say that you haven’t used it, worn it, or even touched it in a year… it’s time to let that ish go.

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Just in case you’re debating what may or may not fall into the “keep” and “donate” piles while cleaning and de-cluttering, download this free eBook for some hilarious, kick-in-the-ass advice: You Have Too Much Sh*t by Chris Thomas. (If you do download it, let me know in the comments below!)

The older I’ve gotten and the more I’ve moved, the more the minimalist lifestyle has appealed to me. I used to be the girl with so much stuff. But now? Now, I can’t wait to simplify and eliminate. Get rid of. Do away with. I feel lighter just talking about it!

It’s also a good lesson in attachment/detachment. Once we really see that we are, in fact, okay without that sweater from college or the purse we got for Christmas in 2003 and never used once, we’ll see what truly does add value to our lives.

We’ll have more space to invite more of what serves us, supports us, helps us.

And isn’t that what we really want in life? To live in alignment with our truth and have only the things which help us to be more fully in the moment. On purpose. To live consciously. (All of this purging is also a great lesson in buying less “stuff” to begin with but we’ll get to that another time.)

Whether you’re moving or just doing some Spring Cleaning, remind yourself that “stuff” is exactly that – “stuff.” It takes up space and energy and even time. Are the things you keep yourself surrounded by serving you? If not, it’s time to say “bye-bye.”

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    March 26, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    I read the Minimalists book ‘All That Remains’ last year and then actually met them in person when they made a stop on their book tour in Baltimore. It was so eye opening and inspiring. I’ve held onto a lot of stuff over the years but I’m trying to make dramatic changes I. My life and have slowly been getting rid of things. I’m hoping to move soon and I want to bring the least amount if junk as possible with me! I’ve also had a shift in spending over the past 2 years. Mostly due to a reduced income but I rarely shop for things I don’t need anymore. When I worked a corporate job I had disposable income so I would go shopping just to fill time. I ended up with so many things I didn’t need and didn’t really want. Now I’m so much more aware of the consumerist propaganda we are fed each day and it’s much easier for me to just ignore it (most of the time!)

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    June 3, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    So I just came across your blog today via pinterest, and I literally can’t put the computer down. So far, every one of your posts speak to me. In December I am making a cross country move to Huntington beach California, from Michigan. I can not wait for this exciting yet scary adventure. I am thirty and this is the biggest thing I have ever done with my life. I am going over with a job and probably apply for another when I get there. Thank you so much for sharing all of this. These posts are helping the time pass by

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    Arlene Adkins-Zell
    December 28, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    I downloaded the book, I am benefiting from your site and the book. It is stunning how much stuff is stored here and there in my home, the bulk of it belonged to my grown children. I tell them they one week to get what I have boxed up or it goes to charity. Feels better in here and I just got started.

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