Tina and I dropped off at least half of our wardrobe at Goodwill this afternoon. It felt great. As far as clothing, I am just down to the bare essentials. There is something about eliminating excess that releases anxiety and gives me a sense of clarity. This purge got me thinking about those spaces in our lives that gather clutter, and how good it feels to clean them out. If lately you’ve been in a funk, try breathing simplicity into one of the following:
- MP3 Library. I love my iTunes library. It’s deep and wide. But to be honest, I haven’t listened to that live DMB album in two years. Get rid of the files you don’t use. Pare it down to what you love.
- Desktop. You probably see this more than you see your reflection in a mirror. Use folders and the trash to give yourself a cleaner view.
- Inbox. Get rid of those old e-mails and make some spam filters. It’ll feel great.
- Cell Phone Contacts. Do you really still need the number to Louis’ Novelties? This is an important social space, and simplifying it can actually help you stay in touch with people you care about.
Your Car Trunk
Cleaning this out will give you a great excuse to go to the beach, mountains, or Goodwill.
Clothes are about relationships, identity, and expression. We dress up or down depending on the occasion. We pick out shirts in our favorite colors, shoes in the latest style, and outfits that fit our mood. But these pile up, and closets get cluttered. To eliminate anxiety in this space, get rid of anything you have not worn in six months.
Sometimes its best to be direct. If you are stressed, take a few minutes to meditate and clear your head. Try freewriting. Put the pen to the page and fill it up with whatever comes out. Then throw it away and leave the mental clutter behind.
Clean out the old containers, pots, and cartons. Leave only what is edible, fresh, useful. This can take away some of the guilt surrounding food, or at least help you take stock of your diet, and see if you need a change.
There are many more spaces that attract clutter. This short list is just intended to inspire us to simplify. Had any experience with this yourself? Anymore suggestions?