Have you lived in your home for five or more years? Imagine you would have to move in two months. Isn't it amazing how much 'stuff' we collect over the years?
What would it take not to let it go that far and de-clutter on a regular basis?
And how does it feel when we are done with lightening the load? For me it feels great. I have done it with my cloths, with my books, with dishes and kitchen ware. And I am careful to not 'replace' it, at least not right away.
And, are there other areas in our lives where it is great to de-clutter?
What about our mind? How many beliefs do we have in there that no longer serve us? How many behaviors do we have that we could have let go of a long time ago? What worked well when we were five is not working that well anymore when we are 30, or 40, or 50.
I wonder how many of the beliefs we have are actually ours? What do I mean by that? When we were kids, how often did we hear things about how life works? We just absorbed them and made them ours. So many of the beliefs we have are not ours, they came from our parents, teachers, friends who, in turn, got them from their parents, teachers, friends and so on back in time.
If you look from that perspective and keep in mind how much times have changed, is it any wonder that they are no longer that valuable? They can be very limiting. What might be possible for us if we let go of them?
Do we even know what kinds of beliefs we have? Mostly we have no idea, unless we have a look at them. We may be cognitively aware of some. Are we willing to examine them to find out if they still serve us? It's not something we are invited to do.
Are there aspects of our lives that do not work as well as we would like? Will we ask ourselves: What belief must have been in place to create this? Being with the question, we often become aware of a belief that is in our world. Will we let go of it? It works the same with areas that work well for us. It might be a good idea becoming aware of the belief(s) that contribute to it so we can use it in other areas too or adapt them.
Letting go of beliefs that limit us is a form of de-cluttering. Another form is having a look at the vocabulary we are using. Are we willing to become aware of what we are really saying? For example, if we find ourselves saying a lot "I hate ....." Is it any wonder that we are stressed and have no peace in our life? Or we may tend to get a cold easily. If we pay attention we might hear a "I am sick and tired of ..... Words have an energy that permeates our days. What if let go of the ones that are not a contribution and exchange them with those that will contribute to our life and expand it?
De-cluttering can bring so much more ease for us. Would that be worth the time it takes to do so?