Out With The Old and In With The New!
Feng Shui is forever extolling the value of tidying up, in order for new things to come into your life. I like to do an annual cleanup, to see what happens. If nothing else, you'll end up with a cleaner, tidier room.
- One Man's Junk - Another Man's Treasure
- Stuff Accumulates
- Physical Clutter = Mentally Lighter
- A Guide To Decluttering
One Man's Junk - Another Man's Treasure
I recently overhauled my cupboards, bookshelves and closets and ended up with two extra large laundry baskets full of clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, handbags, fluffy toys and even the odd mobile phone or two.
Rather than attempting to sell it and risk not being able to I decided to give the whole lot away.
We all have heard the saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure".
There was plenty of good stuff in those two baskets, to rival any second-hand goods shop and tempt bargain hunters from miles around.
Another saying, "what goes around comes around" flashed through my mind, too. Who knows? I might land myself a windfall one of these days.
But even if I don't strike it rich, I can be content in the knowledge that my discarded materials are of some beneficial use to other people.
How much stuff do we accumulate in a lifetime? Too much. We live in a consumer-driven world, and buy, buy, buy, excessively.
Acquiring new stuff gives us more pleasure than appreciating the things we already have. We hang onto a lot of things purely for sentimental reasons, because we cannot bear to throw them away.
Are you a hoarder? Just remember that it's okay to get rid of those handkerchiefs your aunt gave you when you were 10.
You can bet that your long-gone grandfather won't come haunting you in your dreams just because you gave away his old reading glasses to someone who needed them.
Is your wardrobe full of clothes that you hardly wear? If so, you, like me, have probably fallen into the habit of wearing just a few, favourite clothes deemed most suitable for work and other everyday use.
Are you, like me, the kind of person who rarely watches a movie again, after you've seen it once? You might find that your television has a stack of discs piled on top if it, that have been there for months, gathering dust.
So I got rid of stuffed toys, (I never liked teddy bears or dolls, even as a child), the expensive shirt with buttons that keep falling off, never-worn Marks & Spencers jeans that hang off me (ever since I started exercising), and other pieces of clothing I never wear.
Physical Clutter = Mentally Lighter
After getting rid of a vast personal collection of DVDs and music CDs, which will never again grace my television screen or stereo, I feel mentally lighter, more organised and clearer-minded.
Clearing out your physical clutter really does do wonders for your mental clutter.
A Guide To Decluttering
Ladies - start by taking out those old issues of Cleo or FHM magazine lying at the bottom of your drawer and give them away to your favourite hair salon. You can always flip through them the next time you're getting your hair done.
If you're never going to find an occasion to wear that $300 Versace shirt that you've only worn twice, then you may as well give it to someone who will.
And are you really going to read that Sidney Sheldon novel again in your lifetime?
You're better off donating it to the local school or library.
It's only stuff...
And we can't bring it with us when we go.