Whenever my brain starts to feel frantic, I start to purge. I purge my house and work space of unnecessary items. I clear my mind by writing down all the thoughts I’ve been trying to remember. Sometimes, I even will reassess my beliefs and attitudes, dismissing old beliefs that no longer represent my thoughts.
Then, as a whole, I look at all of these things in my life, and I ask myself, Does this serve me? Piles of shirts, ideas for posts, belief systems– everything is questioned. Anything that does not serve me gets the boot.
Immediately after completing this process, I feel like a burden has been lifted. It’s amazing what a hold our things have on us. If you are feeling mentally unclear or like something is holding you back, try a good purge to make you happy.
If you are like most people, your life is filled with things. These inanimate objects require your attention. Frequently, our stuff needs to be cleaned, organized, sorted, and maintained. At the very least, it is piled and pushed out of the way for some other time. It’s no wonder that people claim that decluttering helps them clear their minds.
I, personally, am one of those people. Whenever my brain starts spinning, I take a look around the room. Normally, I find that I’m standing in a room with things everywhere. I probably have had to step over things just to get to where I am.
Sure, I could justify the situation, and make excuses. I am, after all, living in a house with three other people. However, at the end of the day, if this stuff is causing me stress, I am responsible for handling that situation. If I feel like I need to clear a room to be able to think, then that’s what I’ll do.
Now, I’m not saying that I go through with a big plastic bag and donate everything I see. I suppose you could. Instead, I get the toys into the kids rooms. Those are their toys, and they should deal with them. After that, the real work begins.
I’ll be honest–my stuff is the problem. When I look at a room that feels crazy with mess, it’s my things that normally drive me crazy.
How to Purge Things
- Always have a donation pile started.
- Drop off your donations regularly. It doesn’t do any good to keep your donation pile sitting somewhere for months and months.
- Pick one thing to declutter each day. It could be a kitchen cabinet or dresser drawer. Really, it doesn’t matter. Just start.
- Ask yourself: Does this object have a use presently? Does it have a place to go? Anything without a place to go should probably just be donated.
- Sometimes, we hold on to things because of sentiment. That’s okay. But, here’s the thing, if this is so important to you, it really needs to have an established location. It doesn’t have to be prominent but sitting on a counter somewhere is not okay.
- If you have clothes on a treadmill, get rid of your clothes and the treadmill. You’re probably not using any of that mess. If your clothes were so important, they’d be in your closet or dresser. If your treadmill were so important, it wouldn’t be covered in things.
- Remember, by purging, you open up yourself to receiving. This doesn’t simply apply to physical objects; it’s also true for thoughts and experiences. When you keep a full brain or a full calendar, you make yourself unavailable for new thoughts and experiences.
Have you ever felt trapped in your own mind because of all the things you have to remember? I have. All day long, I would do my best to remember to tell this person that or send this email or pay this bill. Inevitably, it feels more like a comedy of errors than a successful, productive day. I would end the day feeling frustrated and panicked, unsure of what had been forgotten.
Finally, I had a thought. Why in the world am I trying to remember all of this stuff? I could just write it down and handle it later.
Whether you use paper or electronics, there is a way for you to log your thoughts. The first time you do this, literally take the time to record every thought you have. Write it all until you couldn’t possibly imagine anything else you would want to think.
Warning: For those who are not used to it, a calm mind is really unnerving. Seriously, I was confused and a little disturbed when I wrote everything down and freed my brain from its responsibilities.
I was amazed at how this let me live in the moment and enjoy what was happening around me. When problems arose, I was calmer and quick with a good decision. At night, when I went to sleep, I fell asleep faster and slept better. The benefits were numerous.
Take a moment right now and write down all the thoughts that you’ve been storing in your head. Don’t worry about their validity or organization, just get them recorded and free your brain from the responsibility of keeping track of them.
We’re all on a journey through life. As we go, we have different experiences. These experiences will shape our thoughts, opinions, and attitudes. In my opinion, this is the most difficult area to purge because thoughts, opinions, and attitudes are so deep rooted within us.
Because this idea to purge attitudes is kind of abstract, let’s take an example. Let’s say that you have a coworker that you don’t really like. Maybe the individual did or said something in the past that annoyed you. Now, when you interact with that individual, this past experience impacts your interactions. Perhaps you’re more likely to disagree with them, roll your eyes, make a sarcastic comment, or even ignore them entirely.
I want you to take a moment and ask yourself, Does this serve me? Does it benefit you to act this way? Is that really fair to the individual when you act this way?
Sometimes, we fall into patterns of behavior. We did something one way in the past, adopted that behavior, and never questioned it again. This attitude prevents us from moving forward in life. When we do things the same way simply because that’s the way we’ve always done them, we strengthen the ties that keep us from moving forward.
By regularly looking through your things, writing down your thoughts, and examining your attitudes, you regain control of your life and take the power away from your things.
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