If you subscribe to the Minimalist Beauty Newsletter, you will know that I listened to and loved the audio book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This book helped me to finally get over the hump I was experiencing with decluttering my paperwork as well as truly organizing my closets. The perspective shared in this book on how to release our clutter and unloved items honestly is life changing.
One concept mentioned in this book is about understanding when possessions that we own have served their purpose in our lives. Not only is it easy to hold onto things just in case we need them, but there is also a guilt around letting things go based on how much we have spent on the item, or if it was a gift. When you base keeping possessions only because you absolutely love them, and as Marie Kondo expresses because they “spark joy”, none of the excuses above are valid anymore.
With a new perspective around why you choose to keep something, it is now easier to release everything creating clutter and energetic heaviness in your home.
“Just in case” items can be borrowed and easily obtained if truly needed. Most of the time that “just in case” item is never needed. If the item you purchased regardless of price brought you incredible joy initially, then that joy was its purpose. If the gift given to you was graciously received, that gift’s purpose was in allowing the giver the incredible bliss of giving as well as you expressing gratitude for the gift.
When you recognize the purpose of every item in your home, it is so much easier to distinguish what to keep and what to release. Loving everything that you own is definitely one of the most rewarding gifts that you could ever give to yourself and your life. If everything that we own holds energy, think about how amazing life would feel if there was only loving energy around us.
Once it has served its purpose, let it go!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)