Motivation

Keep, donate, throw away: cleaning up a mindset

If I had to throw everything out the window, throw everything out, and start from scratch, what would that look like? What would I be throwing out and what would I be starting towards?

If I had to throw out that I’m not good at anything, what would that leave me? What am I good at?

If I had to throw out that I had no friends, no people who would appreciate what I would have to say, or no people that I could ask for help on, what would that leave me with?

If I had to throw out that I was worthless, stuck in a hole of my own making, stuck in a position that I no longer wanted, what would that leave me with?

Use the same tactic for cleaning a room (piles for keep, donate, throw away) for cleaning up a life to move effectively forward. Click thru for more.

I look outside the window, see the bluest of skies, see the trees mildly moving with the soft breeze, see the beautiful roses blooms, see the progress made in the redecorating/remodeling of the home office. Amongst the tossing out of all the junk, of clearing all the ugly cobwebs built up in my mind and around my heart, I see beauty that is simply just there, waiting to be seen, both in nature (externally) and in myself (internally).

Would I need to throw these things away, literally, these ugly mindsets, negative thoughts, make a bonfire and see them all burn up, and fly away, embers of their past power and hold upon me? Would there actually need to be some kind of physical act, to remove all of the crap that has built up in my soul, my wellbeing?

For isn’t this as equal to cleaning up as if you are moving – realizing just how much has stacked up, unnecessarily or in spur of the moment, or things from other people (things you never wanted but were offloaded on you or were thought to be good for you but fit you not at all)?

There is that overwhelming sensation of seeing everything that has accumulated and not knowing where to start; the sensation of not wanting to deal with all of it and just shut the door and leave a whole room of junk sit for years, and years, and years, thinking that by not seeing it, by not dealing with it, we are somehow safe.

And there is also a season in which tackling all of that extra stuff is necessary – you are physically moving and so unless you want to pack everything – everything – you’ve got to decide what gets boxed and moved with you, what gets donated because it no longer fits you or your needs, and what gets tossed, because it is neither good for you or anyone else.

The sunray boldly strikes the newly positioned desk. The large window allows the sun to peek in more and more into this office, into this revamped space. A space created with intent, with purpose. A space that allows for movement and freedom, where everything has its place, its significance, and its story. A space that once held anchors of mistakes and errors is now a space for creativity and beauty, color and warmth.

The excess of items in this space filled dozens of garbage bags, and that physical act of removing, throwing out, continues daily, as I process what gets put into this new space and what junk still remains, lingering in deep dark corners that I have either chosen to ignore or did not even know existed.

The space is clean, free of miscellaneous and unnecessary items. It will be a process of continuous diligence to be able to keep it this way, to keep any new doubts or fears from moving in and making themselves anchors.

Without the physical intrusions of unnecessary items (a bow maker? Really?), I sit at this refreshed desk and wonder….

If I had to throw everything out the window, throw everything out, and start from scratch, what would that look like? What would I be throwing out and what would I be starting towards?

Pia Frutos Walker. Encouraging and empowering women to take their daily life lessons and turn them into purpose-drive life actions. Reconnect, grow, and unleash your best self.

About Pia

I love reflecting on purposeful, thought-provoking life experiences and turning them into life purposes. I am a writer dedicated to sharing life-lessons to empower women to attain their best life by turning experiences into passion-driven action.
When I'm not studying life, I'm intentionally living it. I enjoy art (admiring it and creating it), nature, and I'm a beginner sewer in the attempt to sew my own unique clothes.
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Pia Frutos Walker. Encouraging and empowering women to take their daily life lessons and turn them into purpose-drive life actions. Reconnect, grow, and unleash your best self.

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