Spending two weeks with my eighty-six year old father-in-law helping sort through a lifetime of accumulated ‘stuff’ has given me much pause for reflection. Surprisingly, he had very little trouble letting go of items unlike myself when I sort through things. I think the process I worked through with him is now one I will apply here back in my home. What is stopping me from getting rid of the clutter in my house and simplifying things around here? Why am I hanging on to some of these items? I have a closet downstairs that is filled with things I haven’t touched in a decade. I can’t even remember the last time I opened the door to that closet so why do I keep these things?
I’ve heard it said that if we change our thoughts it can give us a whole new perspective about our life and surroundings. Clearly, my father-in-law has done that on this last stage of life. He has taken account of the things he has collected in his lifetime and is letting go of items that either serve no purpose or offer no beauty. I need to do that in my own life. I thing the current buzz word for this is to ‘simplify’ and I read many posts about this concept this past week as bloggers posted their resolutions for 2012.
I know for a fact that my surroundings affect my mind. If things are clean and orderly I feel calm and relaxed whereas clutter and mess make me feel more uptight. Of course, everyone’s definition of ‘clutter’ is different and we each must discover for ourselves what our own definition is.
These are belated goals for Week One: