At some point in our lives, most of us have done a thorough cleaning out of our closets and drawers. I’m talking about the kind of cleaning out where you end up with piles of things you’re donating or discarding, not just a couple of tops and pairs of shoes.
If you have, you know how game changing the whole experience is.
It’s actually liberating to cut ties to things that you know have been taking up space in your closet, but that you’ve “grown out of”…either physically or emotionally.
While pulling things off the racks, you come across all of these clothes that you’ve just forgotten about. It’s not that you didn’t like them, you just had so much stuff that you didn’t even know you had them. It’s, essentially, like you had a personal shopper load up your closet with all of these items picked out just for you…except, they’re now FREE for you to use because they’ve been in your possession all along.
When you walk into your closet, you can actually see what’s hanging there. You can actually see your options, look at things clearly enough to know what will look good together, and…maybe the best perk that comes along with less stuff is this: you almost look forward to putting away clean laundry because it’s not so challenging to squeeze things into tight spaces or even find an open hanger so you don’t have to double up items on one.
And, what many of us may not even realize is how this newfound clarity has the ability to spill over into other areas of our lives. Walking into a less full closet is relaxing, not like the stress that builds when we have to step over things laying on the floor or things falling off of overfilled shelves. That calmness breeds creative head space that we can now use as we plan out our day, strategize our morning workout, or think through a conversation we want to have with someone.
Clearing out physical clutter can be overwhelming to get started on, but starting the process of physically picking things up and building a pile of items to hand off easily picks up momentum. And, the sense of gratification is immediate.
What is nowhere nearly as tangible, but holds infinitely more potential is cleaning out our mind, our perspectives, our habits, priorities, value system, etc. All of those benefits we reap from cleaning out our closets, can happen if we are willing to sit down with ourselves and…
Think through what beliefs we’re holding onto that date back as far as our childhood that were just fed to us, without us giving them any thought over whether we actually think that way or not.
Think through all of the complaining we do about our spouses, our kids, our parents, etc. and find an awareness so we can begin the lengthy process of changing these bad, unfair habits.
Think about the hundreds of strangers’ Instagram accounts we robotically swipe past multiple times a day while being annoyed at what they post about, but too lazy to unfollow them as they clog up our feed.
And, think about sifting through what is truly important to us, and what isn’t, so we could establish a strong set of values to help take the guesswork out of making decisions all day.
Think about how much simpler life would be if we cleaned out our mental closet.
How much less would our head spin in circles while we watched the seconds tick by in the middle of the night?
How much more consistent and balanced would our moods be, eliminating the highs and lows that come with a chaotic head space?
And, how much more attention would we be able to direct towards the simple pleasures of life like aurally hearing the sound of wind blowing through the trees and watching the steam rise from a cup of tea?
For now, though, the question is this: are we willing to make the time?