Keep or Toss?

I have been in this minimizing, clean-out mode for the past few months. At first I would carefully consider every item: keep or toss? Seemed straightforward enough. Yet, somehow a “decide later” pile kept appearing. I wasn’t making the kind of progress I had envisioned.

I kept plugging along, knowing that I really had to get rid of some things. So I gave away the clothes that were never, ever going to fit me again. They were too big! Keeping them around would only remind me of my former, larger self.

And then I added those things that no longer support who I am right now. Adios to books on topics that had once interested me. Farewell to trophies – yes trophies – for events that had happened nearly 40 years ago. Good riddance to things I was “going to get to” once upon a time. And, goodbye to the associated guilt.

Suddenly I have picked up momentum. I have become more ruthless in what I am discarding. And the more I have eliminated the more free and unencumbered I feel. There is more space in my home, and in my being. I am clearing out what no longer serves me or supports me in who I want to be in the world.

I feel such a sense of lightness and possibility. It’s as if I have made space so that something new, perhaps never dreamed of, can make its way into my heart. Now, if I could just control my impatience to know what the “something” is.

Your call to action:

What no longer serves you in your life? Look at your possessions, your friends, your social activities, the causes you support, etc. When was the last time you actually stopped to consider if these items still serve you? What opportunities might open up if you eliminated what no longer satisfies you?



Keep or Toss? — 3 Comments

  1. Great questions, Robin! Thanks for sharing and sparking my thought process!!! Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for your encouraging words!

  2. I do this on a ‘regular’ basis, and end up keeping ‘stuff’ that really should go. I’m a ‘just-in-case’ type of person! Learning to let go is so cleansing, and it really does clear the mind, for me anyway!
    Thanks Robin. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  3. Hi Robin:

    Just the type of article I needed. This project needs to be done in my home! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!