When talking about losing weight here, we usually talk about the physical weight, but a little extra pudge around the middle is not the only thing that can weigh one down. Do you want to know, how to lose the emotional weight?
Towards the end of last year, just before Christmas – you know, the time to give and receive many new interesting things – I was starting to feel stressed out, maybe even panicked about all my stuff. Jared and I moved into a new house a little over a year and a half, and when we packed the house, we also cleaned house. Well, I thought. But as I found myself looking through closets, having to push past a lot of things to get to other things, I realized that we once again invaded by things.
How to Lose the Emotional Weight?
How can this be? I said to myself.
I did my thing KonMari before (and even after) I moved. I do not even know how many trips I have made to give bags of clothing and household items in the past year. I’m not even that much shopping! And yet … my closets were bursting. My drawers were full. I put away the things, not only because I am a bit messy (although I’m sure the factors), but because I honestly had nowhere to put them, despite lots of closets and offices.
Admittedly, I did not have need of all these elements, but when I looked through them, all I could think was, but if I need to?
How I Dropped All That Weight
And the Universe pointed me in the direction minimalist. Well, I mean, in fact, many friends have mentioned, their book, documentary or podcast for me in a few days. But still, it was a message, and it was received. There were many great takeaways, but probably the biggest for me was the idea that one does not need a backup for everything.
If you get to a point where you really need to replace something, chances are very good – for most things, at least – that you can replace it for a reasonable amount of money in a short time. So all that was not current rotation or bring me joy serious? I was ready to launch.
I started with the office closet. Do I really need all those extra pillows for the sofa in case … I do not know, I like the magic room for another sofa at my house? Definitely not. How many of these huge fleece North Face mid-90s that I really need to hang on … since I live in sunny Florida? No, it is.
From there, I moved to the linen closet – where I learned that I did not need to hang on a huge pile of stained, scratched towels – and then the entry closet, where I easily filled a large box full of pet products for a local rescue. (Seriously, my dogs do not need 10 necklaces -. Everyone)
Yes, I started feeling very smug about this, in case you were wondering. Very smug indeed.
The bedroom closet has led me to launch a basket full of half-melted candles and two display panels I attended once in my kid’s room and always thought that I use it again, never. I have no power over two stuffed animals childhood (because the thought of them face down in a landfill had hot tears running down my face), but otherwise, if it was not something in the use active or article that I used in the recent past with plans to use it again in the near future … it was outta here.
My clothes closet was tricky – it turns out I tend to attach a lot of sense to things I wear. That, plus the fact that I like pretty dresses and can always imagine a situation in which a dress that I love would be appropriate, meant that I had…..well, lots of dresses.
I do not know how many dresses are there, but I think it is fair to say that it is too much for someone who dresses a door or cut pants yoga every day at work.
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Enough that even after passage through, I had to bring reinforcements (thank you, Danielle!) To help me pick the battery maybe. I finally say goodbye to a few dresses that I really like, but never wear, but I give them to friends and local causes where I know they will be appreciated and loved, and that feels actually better than shoving in my closet so I could jump on them for another year.
And guys? I feel so free and light and really, really good. I like the fact that I have so much available storage space, and the fact that all these items I have not used in ages go to people who can make good use? Talk about the bee’s knees.