I have struggled for much of life with attachments to things. I was never in a position to buy new on my own, so thrifting/garage-saling/hand-me-downs was a way of life.
The problem is, that because of this fear of “lack” I continued to hold onto things I didn’t need or want anymore because I was afraid that I would need it as soon as I released the object and won’t be able to buy a new one.
This past weekend, my partner and I (along with my parents) started the process of downsizing our stuff. We ordered a dumpster and began releasing all the things we didn’t want in our lives anymore.
I am not going to lie, it was hard and we have barely scratched the surface. I struggle with the idea of throwing things away when I feel they are still useful to someone else or can be recycled. It physically hurts to throw useful things away.
This is a byproduct of my upbringing. I thank Captain Planet (c. 1990) as well as all of the things recycling and upcycling was drilled into me as a child.
This weekend, I focused these rigid, core beliefs, freeing myself from the self-imposed limitations that were keeping me and my family stuck in a cycle of clutter and lack.
It is OK to let go.
It is OK to throw things away.
It is OK to move on.
It is OK to invite something new into your home and your life.
It is OK to be mindful and awareness as you process this release.
It is OK.