Since purchasing our house my wife and I have realized that it creates an unhealthy environment to have an accumulation of useless stuff. At times we have to bring our army of friends and family to help clear the mountain of unnecessary things gathered over time. What is interesting is that we don’t have a very large house, yet it is amazing to behold the abundance of unwanted and useless things we tend to store under the guise of finding use for them when the time is right. We have been married almost 12 years and the time is still not right to make use of most what we have gathered. If we are not careful this mountain of perceived treasure will slowly become a health hazard to everyone that occupies our humble abode. A very good solution to this problem is to get rid of the stuff that is cluttering our space.
Just as how our physical space can become overwhelmed with clutter the same is true about our emotional psychological and spiritual state of being. We can pick up so much baggage along the road of life that add little or no value to our lives we will soon be in need of a spring cleaning. It is important that we regularly take inventory of our lives to if what we have in it is beneficial to our goals and aspirations. We are often so focused on being successful we pay little attention to what is going on within us. We form habits that become unhealthy, create friendships that over time get toxic, work at careers that offer no satisfaction and pursue various things that do nothing to help us live abundant lives. These things may just be part of the clutter that we need to get rid of so that we can begin to live our best lives.
It can be a difficult process letting go of the things we consider important but when it does happen it can be a most rewarding experience. Sometimes getting rid of clutter require an act of courage because in order to gain there is much we must also be prepared to lose. Decluttering can mean we will have to give up some perceived opportunities, lose friends and acquaintances, make uncomfortable adjustments or abandon projects either way decluttering will not be an easy exercise to undertake. The best thing that we can do is to accept that removing the baggage from lives will put us in a better place make decisions about the stuff we are passionate about and the things that bring us true joy.
So how does it work? Well, the process can either be simple or very difficult depending on the approach taken. We should begin by taking stock of our lives, what things we have in our space that is hindering our progress. These may be thoughts or feelings that keep getting in the way of us seeing the bigger picture. Things like jealousy, envy, covetousness, maliciousness, hatred and other negative feelings are killers of abundant living. If we find them in our inventory we should be brutally honest and remove them hastily from our lives. Sentimental and emotional attachment to negative thoughts and feeling will do little to aid us in finding purpose and meaning to our existence.
Eliminating useless stuff can be an arduous task but it is a necessary one. We have a tendency to rationalize why we should hold on to the things we need to let go. We keep telling ourselves that they are a part of us and we cannot change. But if these things were so valuable why have they not helped to bring us closer to our purpose? Along with thoughts and feelings, there are also toxic people we must shed from our space. Sometimes we feel guilty about removing people from our lives but understand we often make people valuable than they really are. Anyone who is not adding benefit to our lives is worth wasting time keeping in our space. We have to sift through our friend’s list and take the bold step to remove people who drain us of our energy and do little to bring out the best n us.
Finally eliminating useless stuff and replacing them with things that add value to our personal development is essential. If we don’t take time to add things of value before long we will find our space being overwhelmed again by clutter. Personal development is important to success and we owe it to ourselves to do what it requires for abundant living. We should find ways to enhance our growth, improve abilities, pursue new skills, improve on our areas of weakness and be bold enough to take on new challenges. Life does not have to be mundane, there is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered, but clutter can keep us from seeing it. Get rid of the clutter and see how much more we will begin to enjoy living. Too much clutter can make us emotionally, psychologically and spiritually unproductive let us get rid of it and take charge of our destiny.