I was working with a client recently and she was trying on a skirt she had owned for over 20 years. It was clear to me she had not worn it in a long time, but she was getting stuck because of an emotional attachment to it. The conversation went something like this.
Me: "Where would you wear this to today?"
Client: "To the ballet"
Me: "When was the last time you went to the ballet? "
Client:" I can’t remember"
These types of questions start to solidify what value the skirt is really bringing into her life.
Most of our belongings hold an emotional charge. The skirt was maybe given to her as a gift, or it holds a memory from a different time in her life. I want my clients to realize that those memories are still with them even if that skirt is physically gone.
Letting go is not easy, if it was, we would all be free of our cluttered baggage, but most of us aren’t. That's ok. Life is a journey and if we can’t enjoy the journey what's the point in getting to the destination?
Where are you at in your journey? Maybe you have awareness that you have clutter but you don’t know where to start.. Maybe you are living a meaningful life as a minimalist. Wherever you are, it's right where you need to be, embrace that and the journey will be a little more enjoyable.
If you’re feeling inspired I would start by going into your closet and taking out 5 things that you are on the fence about keeping or letting go of. Try each one of them on and notice how you feel when you are in them. If they bring you confidence and make you feel the way you want to feel every day then my guess is they are ok to stay. If they make you feel uncomfortable or unhappy I would ask yourself if you truly need to keep them. Let me know how it goes for you, I would love to hear your journey.
Ciao for now,