I found myself thinking about this in the last week or two. My husband has been looking for a new job and we’ve had to consider a possible move.
I’m open to a big change. Granted, there are some reasons why I’d prefer to stay in California (and some reasons I’d prefer to move), but I wouldn’t mind living somewhere else. Giving up our house brought up some issues for us. Although it’s been a financial burden, we love it. So, we have considered how to maintain a rental property, should we decide to do so, that has issues that make it both easy and hard to pick up and leave.
More than that, though, we’ve accumulated so much stuff! OMG. In the 13 years in California and 10 years in this house, we have accumulated a ton of junk. Are we pack rats or what? We were reticent to throw away some of our belongings (that we could have gotten rid of) before our last move. Thus, we have all sorts of things stored away that haven’t been touched for 10 years. Now, I’m definitely questioning that decision.
If I had to move next week, I couldn’t do it—at least not quickly or easily. It would take me a long time to sort through drawers, closets, bags, boxes, and generally clear out my house.
So, today I hired my daughter’s friend to start cleaning out closets for me. Plus, she’s going to figure out how to sell some things for me on Ebay and get items ready for a garage sale. I plan to throw away, give away or sell a ton of stuff—even if we don’t move.
It’s been said that if you want any type of change to occur in your life, you must make room for it—or at least prepare for it. Cleaning out all our junk is definitely a good way to make space. I always want to feel prepared for change…to feel light enough for change.
We carry around enough emotional baggage. It weighs us down. We don’t need the physical baggage as well.
The Kabbalistic creation story reveals that God had to create space—a void—before S/He could create something new, the physical world and all that inhabits it, including human beings. As with most things in life, we need to mimic God’s actions. If you want to be ready for change, or if you want to create change in your life, make room. Create space.
As François Rabelais (c. 1494-1553) said, quoting an old Latin proverb, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Create one and something will fill it. Be clear what you want to fill it with, though.
If, like me, you hang on to lots of stuff, ask yourself, “Why?” Are you afraid you won’t be able to replace it? Do you feel you have a responsibility to keep things so you will remember experiences or people? Are you afraid to let go of the past? Tell me in a comment.
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