It’s spring, everybody! And that means… *drum roll* … SPRING CLEANING!
Not very excited, are you? Well, I am. I have a lot of things I want to get rid of, but somehow I keep convincing myself not to throw them away. I make excuses and shove them in a drawer and then simply forget about their existence.
“I wish trash were treasure, because then I’d be a garbage collector and king.” – Jarod Kintz
We accumulate so much crap in our homes that sometimes we don’t even realize it. We’ve all heard of spring/autumn cleaning, but let’s face it, that mostly consists of going through our stuff and finding new places for them. Very little gets thrown away because it takes a lot of mental energy to make the decision to discard something.
We tend to make sentimental attachments to our possessions. They remind us of events and people or we think we’ll use them again or we just don’t want to buy new ones. It’s hard to let go of that lucky pen that you had in college that you’ve never used since. Throw out those pants? They might still fit in a few months, I’ll keep those. Those receipts I have no use for whatsoever because they are from one year ago? Don’t you dare throw those away.
But all of these things, whether we realize this or not, keep us grounded and stuck in a rut. You can’t move forward if you keep dragging all your crap with you, metaphorically speaking. It’s been scientifically proven that “when your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information”. Which means, all that clutter will stop you from focusing on your objectives and goals, plans and actions and from achieving your best potential.
So my challenge to you is this: this weekend, or whenever you have a few minutes to spare, pick a room/closet/drawer and go through it. Don’t throw out your favorite stuffed toy or that action figure you got when you were 8. What I dare you is to throw away one bag of trash. Stuff you don’t need at all. Want to take it further? Challenge #2: also gather a bag of things you’d like to donate. Why not help someone that might actually need what you do not as a bonus?
To start easy, use the principle: Have I used in the past 3 months? No? Do I think I will use it again? Yes? *beep* that’s BS, who are you kidding?
Throw it out. No remorse. No excuses. No trash.
Have a eudemonic week!