“Give me the discipline to get rid of the stuff that’s not important, the freedom to savor the stuff that gives me joy, and the patience not to worry about the stuff that’s messy but not hurting anybody.”
― Vinita Hampton Wright, Simple Acts of Moving Forward: A Little Book About Getting Unstuck
I shared with you last week my spring cleaning efforts and how I was able to witness first-hand the truth that grief does change.
I have a few more thoughts to share with you about the benefits of clearing out the clutter in all aspects of our lives.
Grief has a way of showing you what is important and puts everything in perspective. And when we are at our lowest point emotionally, it’s hard to see ourselves as hurting or down in the dumps
And as I mentioned last week, moving back into the house that I grew up in left me feeling sad, missing my Dad even more because this home is just not the same without him. All of the things that I loved to make my home beautiful and to enjoy it, I was just not interested in for a very long time. Yet, despite my sadness and all that I was feeling, my Dad’s presence has been all around this house and as I continue to be here in this space that was his for so long, I feel comforted knowing how much Mom and all of us have meant to him and all the love he has always had for his family and his home.
So dear friends, what I am learning about the process of clearing out the clutter is that as you clear out the clutter in any area of your life, you are left with the open space and within that open space there is room for you and every new possibility that is waiting for you.
Spring cleaning my home reminded me of the fact that I love taking care of my home. My home has always been my soft place to fall and it is a direct reflection of me. That being said what once felt like a chore I was no longer interested in now is something that I care about and want to embrace. Now my intention is to make this home a shared reflection of all of us.
Clearing out the clutter is also:
- Giving me perspective as to what I want and what is really important to me
- Allowing me the opportunity to create a beautiful space for me to thrive in and enjoy
- Moving life forward so that the things that Mom and I no longer like or have use for can be given to someone else to use and enjoy
- Creating an open, bright, welcoming and peaceful space filled with all the things we do love and enjoy
Honoring the love I have always felt in this home and will continue to do so
- Giving me the gift of legacy, tradition, history and beautiful memories.
I know that the more I clear out what clutter may be around in any area of my life, I will create an inviting space once the clutter is gone so that there will be plenty of new treasures and wonderful opportunities.
If you have clutter around you these days and it’s bogging you down, I encourage you to begin in small tiny steps to let go of all that you no longer need, want or use and see how you feel. I know you won’t be disappointed.