by Susan McCarthy
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Everyday practice: Realize that it's okay that your interests change. You don't have to hold onto things that represent who you used to be.
I just stated reading Peter Walsh’s book, Let It Go about downsizing. He’s speaking to individuals who are downsizing an entire lifetime’s worth of stuff because they are retiring and moving to a smaller home, to couples who are combining two household’s worth of stuff into a single home, and to people who are left to sort through their parents’ belongings.
He has one section subtitled, “clear away stuff that doesn’t represent who you are” with the awesome line, “Your life is giving you new opportunities. But with all your stuff piled around, you may not be able to see them.”
Declutter These Things
As Walsh points out, we aren’t always logical when it comes to our reasons for holding onto items. Do you keep things that cast a negative cloud over your home?
Why You Haven’t Let Go of this Stuff
I had a collection of fairy tales, folklore, and mythology that filled five of twelve bookshelves. I had packed and unpacked these books over six moves. One day I was looking for something to read and it occurred to me that the only time I’d touched these books in the past twenty years was to move them. I had been treating these books like a part of my identity … only a part that I’d released long before I donated the books.
So, why haven’t you got rid of things you don’t like, don’t use, and don’t want?
Like with my book collection, sometimes it just takes a moment of looking with fresh eyes at something you’ve had for a long time to realize it is time to release it. In my book, Decadent Decluttering, I describe how to clear and curate your stuff so you love and use what you keep in your home.
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The Organized Squirrel, Susan, shows you how acorns (small habits) can grow into oak trees (a better life).