I’m a self-confessed hoarder.
If there’s one thing I find utmost difficult, it’s letting go. Of things, memories, even people. More often than I’d like, I find myself going on a spring cleaning spree, putting aside things, and then putting them back, mostly because I can’t bear the thought of parting with them. Or maybe because I get the What-happens-if-I-need-them-and-dont-have them thought, though ironically, more often than not, I end up not ever requiring them. And so, along the way, there’s tremendous baggage, emotional and physical, that I end up hoarding, and holding on to.
And I didn’t mind this subconscious habit of mine till a while ago. Until one day when I woke up to find myself drowning in much-dreaded clutter. The same clutter which I once held on to, for dear life’s sake. And in this wake-up call moment, I found myself living so much in the past, that it overshadowed my present, clearly in a manner that made my future regressive more than progressive. I found myself regretting my past mistakes a little too much, storing things I knew I’d no longer need, simply because I couldn’t be bothered to put them away, and even holding onto people who clearly had stayed in my life beyond the expiry date of my relationship with them.
Which is when I realized that I couldn’t go on like this. Life in the 21st century is anything but simple and organized,with chaos and clutter so ingrained in our day to day lives, that we’ve forgotten how to function without it. Yet, it’s important to declutter, and declutter regularly. To throw out what’s unnecessary, keep what you genuinely can’t do without. To free the mind, from old thoughts and memories that become burdens, to free our space from things that become space occupiers, and our lives from people who we can easily do without. Conversely, learn to hold on to those we can’t do without. Prioritize energies into what we actually need as opposed to what we think we may need. I know it’s not as simple as it sounds, but to the determined mind, what exactly is difficult?
Clearing the clutter, the frequent, mostly unnecessary noise and replacing it with more relevant, important things, thoughts and people is what we can all use a lot of more, something I’ve only come to realize. While the vision of a clutter-free, perfectly organized and smooth running life may only be that unachievable mirage we’re all after, it does help to have that yardstick in the mind’s eye. And a step further in helping us all lead fuller, freer and more meaningful lives.