Getting Rid of the Things I Don’t Need

imageWho doesn’t love a good before and after picture?  Wow.  I was sent a set of photos from an ex-friend today, and I didn’t know whether to cry or be angry.  What a difference two years and a lot of house cleaning makes.

I have known this for some time now (the words at least):  get rid of things in your life that aren’t serving you. I don’t mean that in a selfish, you-are-of-no-use-to-me kind of way. I mean that in a get-rid-of-the-clutter-so-you-can-live-your-purpose kind of way.

I had so many habits and people around me that I was unable to stand up to that I was letting turn me into a person I didn’t like to look at in the mirror. I had to stop saying yes to everyone but myself. It took a year of doing that to figure out what I would fill my time with if I didn’t let others make my plans for me. That turned out to be much more time with my kid and much more time being physical (either at the gym or outside).

I had to stop with the clutter.  I make more trips to goodwill and dumpster than I ever have before.  Clutter in my life meant clutter in my head and body. Less is more.  So that meant less stuff (including salt, sugar, margaritas, bread and chips). The only things you need more of is love and kindness.

That friend that drains the life out of you all her judgements and negativity (you know who I’m talking about)?  Had to let it go.  Let her be her and you go be the best you you can be without approval from her.

Get rid of the things in your life that aren’t a positive source of energy.  Decide who you want to be and what your priorities are and make choices that align with those.  I found that for me everything else was just a distracting me from becoming the person I wanted to be.

What can you clean out of your closet today?

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2 thoughts on “Getting Rid of the Things I Don’t Need

  1. First off congrats you look absolutely fabulous!!! I am so happy I read your blog I felt like you were talking directly to me. Thank you for sharing your story , thank you for reminding me that it’s okay to let go and move on from things that just aren’t any good for you. I’ve found myself holding on to things that I know weren’t good for me and it really has begun to take a toll on me physically emotionally as well as mentally. Your story has been a true inspiration it has shown me that there is life after you feel like all hope is gone. Again I thank you and wish you the best of luck!

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