It’s time for a Spring Fling.
Now, don’t think I just gave you permission to go out and have an affair! The type of Spring Fling I am talking about involves taking the excess stuff in your life and flinging it. That’s right – flinging it!
Winter tends to keep us captive in our homes, cars and offices. We go from one to the other to the other with little interaction with the outdoors. As spring and summer approach, it’s time to exit that comfortable cocoon and it’s time to clear the clutter that you have built up over the past several months.
Before we go one step further, let’s get this out in the open:
CLUTTER IS NOTHING MORE THAN UNMADE DECISIONS
Decision making can be difficult, even on a good day.
The main reason that most people collect a lot of stuff and can’t let go of it is that they make decisions from an emotional standpoint, rather than a logical one. In other words, there is an emotional connection between the person and the person’s “stuff.”
Here’s an example of logical vs. emotional thinking:
EMOTIONAL: “Who cares about the lost space? I could never throw away my college papers.”
LOGICAL: “Those college papers are from 18 years ago. Sure, I was brilliant when I wrote them. (Man, I was good!) But even though I put a lot of effort into them, I don’t remember writing them and they really are outdated. I haven’t looked at them since graduation, so they can’t be that important to me. In fact, I didn’t even know they were here until we decided to move. How important can they be?”
Can you see the difference in the thought process? If you find that you are an emotional decision maker, it may be time to make some changes. Adding logic is not always a natural feeling, but being overwhelmed by stuff is stressful. You have to be careful not to attach your love to things.
REMEMBER: LOVE IS FOR PEOPLE – NOT STUFF
As you emerge from the cocoon we call winter, take a look at your space and stuff and decide what you can let go of as you have your Spring Fling! Donate the items you no longer need or use, pitch anything that is no longer useful, and recycle anything that you feel can make it through another round. Whatever you do, make the decision to let go of anything that you no longer love or find useful. Someone else will be grateful and you will shed the layers of your cocoon and feel free as a butterfly!