Getting rid of stuff is HARD for people.
It’s so much like ripping off an old band-aid. It’s difficult at first, but it gets easier and easier.
Do you remember the first time you have to rip off a band-aid? You wouldn’t do it. Somehow you knew it hurt. You were four or five years old and your mom or dad made you take it off. It was soggy, dirty, and hanging off of your finger.
The first time it did hurt. You cried and moaned and maybe sobbed for a good ten minutes after. But the next time? You got it off, cried for a minute, and then got on with your life–happier, lighter, and without the burden of a yucky band-aid. You could do more now–wash your hands, play with playdough and sand–things that were a lot more uncomfortable with a band-aid on.
Clutter is very much the same way.
When you buy something at the store at first, you need it. It’s in your cart, new and shiny. It makes you feel safe and happy–much like a fresh band-aid. It’s waiting to come home, to make your life easier, to make you secure.
It doesn’t even have to be something new! It could be something like a catalog that comes in the mail–glossy and full of great things to look at and maybe buy someday.
Or how about something completely different–a receipt for a medical bill you paid? Maybe not shiny or new, but it makes you feel safe to keep it around–what if something were to go wrong with your account?
However, these things, much like a fresh band-aid, eventually get old and wear you down.
Does your home look like this because getting rid of things is painful?
That new thing you purchased that was in your shopping cart, waiting to come home? Now it’s run-down, used, loved. It doesn’t work like it did–and now it’s time for it to go.
That catalog that came in the mail is now three seasons old–you can’t even get all the things from it anymore. Besides, you haven’t looked at it since you got it–you could very well utilize their website to view their current inventory.
If something were to come up with an old medical bill, usually the hospital has good records. Plus, sometimes it’s a small expense–and your time is worth more than what you paid. $600 bill? Scan it and save it as an email attachment.
All of these things, much like the band-aids of your past, are HARD to get rid of at first. That new shiny item in your shopping cart? What if it was a toaster that you spend $75 on? You’re planning on fixing it, but it’s been two years and you already have a new toaster. Let it go.
When you let that toaster go, it’s going to feel weird at first. You spent MONEY on that. It’s CUISINART brand. It’s NICE. You can’t just THROW IT AWAY! But you do. And the next day, your life hasn’t ended. You’re not hurting. In fact, you have more space in your home for the things you love.
What has been hard for you to get rid of? How long did you feel it for afterward?Featured image of bandage courtesy of GubGib at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Cluttered room image courtesy of Bill Longshaw at FreeDigitalPhotos.net