Clutter silently sabotages our health, our wealth, our well-being, and our overall happiness.
- Messy spaces trigger strong emotions causing stress often making it nearly impossible to rest and relax in our own homes.
- Visible and invisible clutter leads to an underlying feeling of discontent and dissatisfaction with our homes and ourselves.
- Out-of-control clutter breeds even more clutter, frequently leading to a downward spiral and sense of hopelessness ever to reclaim control of our homes and our lives.
The stress caused by clutter invites self-blame and self-sabotaging that slowly eats away at our self-esteem and any motivation to do anything about it.
However, this vicious self-perpetuating cycle can be disrupted by practicing the skill and the art of letting go. Letting go of stuff, stress, mental blocks, and anything that prevents us from moving forward.
Letting go is both an art and a skill that with practice gets easier over time, eventually allowing you to live a simpler, happier and more productive life.
Knowledge Is Power: Understanding The Power of Letting Go
The more you understand about the power of letting go, the easier it will become to embrace it and employ the benefits of this skill.
1. Letting go is much harder than holding on.
We attach meaning and significance to our possessions by allowing them to define who we are or who we would like to become. i.e., fancy cars, expensive, designer, clothing, and big houses.
When we understand this, it is easier to let go of possessions that try to define you.
2. Holding on to our stuff doesn’t fix anything.
In fact, holding on to our possessions prevents us from moving forward, to start a new life or to reinvent ourselves.
3. Wishing things would just go away doesn’t work either.
It’s hard work and it takes courage to declutter possessions you no longer need, use, or have multiples of.
4. We’ve been conditioned to believe that holding on or hanging in are signs of strength.
What you will likely discover in the decluttering process is that it takes much more courage and strength to let go.
- You don’t have to let go all at once. Small steps are better than no steps at all.
- You don’t need to let go of everything.
Instead, decide what you want to keep. That’s far easier.
- You don’t need to keep holding on.
If it no longer serves your current needs, let it go to reduce your clutter.
- You don’t have to do it all alone.
Decluttering is a process that takes time and focus. Ask for help when you need it.
START by thinking differently about clutter and the benefits of letting it go.
STOP holding on to what’s been holding you back from a simpler, less cluttered and happier life.
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