I thought it was genius. She ended up taking a nice drive somewhere instead. LOL.
The thing is, I believe clearing out space for things you no longer need, makes space for what you WANT. Anytime I've purged and thrown stuff away or donated things I'm not using, I feel a sense of relief. My house is cleaner, I feel lighter, and it feels like I'm giving back. Because if I'm not using something and it has a need, wouldn't it be better for someone to actually use it?
The best part is every time I de-clutter, something good comes into my life. Things will fall into my lap shortly after I clear out a space.
But I just set a new record:
$84.69, half an hour after de-cluttering.
We were unpacking after moving to our new place. And...you know how you end up moving crap from one place to another? It's like the law of moving. Seriously -- how do half used napkins end up in a box?! Gross.
Anyways...we're opening up boxes and we start clearing stuff out. Throwing out trash, filling up donation boxes, and getting things put away and organized. It was like a great party although my hubby probably felt otherwise.
Well at the end, I see some printer cartridges that are brand new in the donation box. So I'm like, 'hey, what are these?' Hubby says, 'I got them a long time ago and they don't work with the printer.'
So taking full advantage of our newlywed stage and him still listening to my crazy ideas, I said, 'let's try to return it.' They're brand new and unopened.' We had to go to Wal-Mart anyways.
Wanna hear how crazy I am? My de-cluttering extends to returning anything I know I won't use. Trust me, things won't take up space in my home. It's an ethical issue for me. This once included returning designer cardstock that was $.22.
Ok, yes it was a piece of paper for 22 cents!!! God, I was trying to save face trying to make it sound fancy and look like $22. (hiding in shame in the corner wondering why I just said that out loud?!)
So we go to Wal-mart and guess what?! The system recognized the cartridges and we got $73.55 for them!!!! I wanted to be like, see, I told you so! But instead we celebrated our victory and I reminded him (super sweetly, of course) how clearing out clutter is the first step to manifesting great things in your life.
AND, that he owed me a gift.
See, clutter takes up too much precious space, physically AND energetically. If you want some good stuff to come into your life, you have to be willing to declare
I want more
I deserve better
I am worth it
By getting rid of stuff, not reflecting the best of you, you're declaring these things loud and proud.
Holding onto crap says the opposite. It's as simple as that.
It even feels like that too. Imagine...when you open up a closet full of junk, do you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? No. It's like overwhelm you want to shut the door on and in this case, you can. But it doesn't make the feeling go away, it just kind of hides out of sight for a bit.
Does this remind you of anything else in your life right now? No judgments, just something to reflect on.
On the flip side, what's it like after you organize a space? Or even just see a beautiful closet pic on pinterest? Yeah, the one with the chandelier and island inside. It feels light and attractive. You could just lounge there.
All this is a direct relation to your own life. Your external space can be a reflection of your internal.
Are you ready to declare your worth and get rid of some ish? (apparently, the possibility for quick money is a great reason!).
It's your time to draw a line in the sand (or your closet), and say:
I am letting go of things because I DON'T have to hold onto them.
I am making use of things by letting others use it.
I am releasing the weight so I can breathe easier.
I deserve having only the BEST things because I AM WORTH IT.
If you need some tips and ideas of where to get started, here's 10 Simple Ways to De-Clutter (there's a tip in there that only takes 5 minutes to do). Just click the link below:
Leave a comment below about your experience with de-cluttering. I would love to hear what's come up for you.
OH! What about the remaining $11.14 ? Well this is where DH had a thing or two up his sleeve. He took some books he no longer needed to Half-Price Books and sold them there. I never even knew you could do that! So we got some more money and I also walked out with an adult coloring book. Because after de-cluttering, you need a break!