After I returned from my book signing at the Scottish Games, I had this desire–urgent need to purge certain areas of my house. There were too many “things” in my way. It started immediately that afternoon. I’m talking the moment everything was unloaded from my car. You would have thought I would have been exhausted (yes, I was), but before the suitcases were unpacked, I was tossing out clothes from my closet.
“Enough!” I shouted. I was tired of seeing items that I had not worn in over a decade staring back at me. It was insane. My hands yanked hangers and clothing from the racks. It was a sense of freedom. Afterwards, there was more space in my closet. I only kept one item with a promise that if I didn’t wear it by the end of the end of the year, I would discard the clothing.
Then I decided it was time to take a look at those recipe folders. Why was I keeping clippings and torn pages from magazines over five years old? Did I make these mouth-watering dishes? Nope! So in the recycling bin they went. FREEDOM! More space and an organized pantry.
I spent the next few days cleaning and sorting out hidden places and even parts of my garage. It was a cleansing that I needed. Almost like life. Sometimes I need to step back and find the places within me that need purging. What am I hanging onto? Regrets? Guilt? I tossed them out, as well.
Autumn has always been a time of awakening, not nesting for me, so as I toss out items–physically and emotionally, I’m walking a new path this season.
Do you ever find an overwhelming need to de-clutter or purge your own life? Do share! I hope I’m not alone.