In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. ~ Deepak Chopra
Yesterday, my daughter and her family came over for their monthly visit to help us clean out the clutter in our home. Living in a house for 30 years can pack in the possessions. We are not moving or downsizing; we already live in a small home, but getting rid of things we don’t use is already making it feel much larger. I know Angela realizes that doing some of these tasks can be difficult for Chuck and me these days, but I also think she doesn’t want to deal with so much “stuff” when we are gone either.
Yesterday, we tackled the dining room and a closet. You might not think that would be a large job, but it took a long time. I have two boxes and a tote bag of various items plus a bag started with coats to donate.
Yesterday, I realized that we can’t keep everything; we have to let some things go. After all, just how many cut glass candy dishes can one person use? I had so many candles and plates and knick knacks that I hadn’t seen in years. They were just taking up room in the drawers and server shelves.
Yesterday, I gave away things that previously I didn’t want to part with. It wasn’t hard. There were only a few things that I had to really think about or persuade my daughter and son–in-law to let me put in the keep pile. I was proud of how quickly I could just say donate or trash.
Yesterday, I made space in my home and in my life for things that may be coming my way in the future. I’ve decided to only let in what I really need and and let go of the rest.