Shall I get you started? – overwhelmed, tired, overwhelmed, cranky, overwhelmed, claustrophobic, stressed, out of control, stupid, ashamed? Are any of these descriptives remotely linked to positivity or contentment?
As Michelle Obama recently screamed, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”
We live in a world of instant gratification. This may take its form in a variety of ways. It may be an immediate response to an email or a social media post. It may be tidying up and seeing clear space on the floor. A more patient and infinitely more satisfying form may be that of the achievement and completion of a cathartic liquidation of your possessions.
Think of the criteria that will be your bar during this process. Will it be to let go of a certain number of objects? Will it be to see the floor? Will it be to let go of painful reminders of the past? Will it be to be able to clean with ease? This is for you to decide and manage so that it will impact your life and day to day peace of mind.
Re-think your reflex reactions. Example: every time you purge a certain shelf with books and chachkies on it you never contemplate a certain item for the donate pile. Dare: contemplate it. You don’t necessarily have to let it go but the process of at least considering it will be helpful now and in the future. It’s a brain train that will stand you in good stead.
Take your time, prep yourself with realistic goals, put on some music or a comforting show and get started. Warning: it won’t be a transformation like on TV but it will be a personal transformation for you. Let’s be clear about reality; the before and after shots that we are accustomed to seeing in a 30 minute programme is the twin of seeing size 0 pre-pubescent models in the glossy mags and then berating ourselves for not matching the absurd ideal.
Psych Psych Psych. Go for it and please share your progress!