I’m in the midst of packing. I often considered myself to be a relatively tidy person…not particularly neat but tidy. It was obvious the amount of items I have held onto all these years. I made a decision that during this move, I was going to remove things that were accumulated or gained for the following:
1. To impress someone
2. To gain someone’s appreciation
3. To show how smart I was
4. To prove that I mattered
5. Things that no longer served me
In the end (and actually still counting. I have discovered additional items to let go) I have donated over 10 bags of clothes, over 80 books and shredded over 7 bag of paper. With all of this, I still feel as if I need to let go of more. There is something beautiful about taking “a load off” and not just in the physical sense. With this process I found inner emotions that might have been dormant for some time and the decluttering has been a powerful tool in the spiritual release. It might have been an amazing activity to keep a small “declutttering” journal to document the memories and to observe my reactions.
What was your experience when downsizing or decluttering?