With summer peeking its head around the corner the idea of refreshment and restoration is everywhere. Now is the time when most people are doing their “spring cleaning,” preparing for the clarity and sense of peace that comes with warmer weather, green grass, and longer days. The goal of spring cleaning is not just to de-clutter your living space but also to de-clutter your mind.
Clearing out and letting go of things can prove to be a difficult task. I’m not referring to sentimental items, rather the things we look as and say “I’ll keep this just in case” or “I might need this later.” The trouble with this is that we continue the cycle of clutter! The focus of our lives shifts from what is important internally to the material objects we have around us.
Below is a wonderful piece written by a pair of friends who embarked on a journey to live a meaningful life with as little as possible. They explore the topic of keeping items for “just in case” purposes, the potential issues that arise, and helpful tips on how to de-clutter your life and thus your mind.
GETTING RID OF JUST-IN-CASE ITEMS: 20 DOLLARS, 20 MINUTES
JUST IN CASE
People often hold on to things just in case they need them. We don’t let gobecause we might need something in some far-off, hypothetical future. And we pack too much stuff for trips and vacations just in case.
But we needn’t hold on to these things just in case. The truth is, we rarely use our just-in-case items, and thus they sit there, take up space, get in the way, weigh us down. Most of the time they aren’t items we need at all.
Instead, if we remove the just-in-case items from our lives, we can get them out of the way, we can free up the space they consume.
Over the last year, the two of us let go of the vast majority of our just-in-case possessions. And during our tour, we made sure we didn’t pack anything just in case.
And then we tested our theory…
Anything we get rid of that we truly need, we can replace for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes from our current location. Thus far, this theory has held true 100% of the time. Although we’ve rarely had to replace a just-in-case item (less than five times this year for the two of us combined), we’ve never had to pay more than $20 or go more than 20 minutes out of our way to replace the item. This theory likely works 99% of the time for 99% of all items and 99% of all people. Including you.
More important, we haven’t missed the hundreds of just-in-case items we’ve gotten rid of, and we didn’t need to replace most of them at all.
Getting rid of these items clears one’s mind, frees up their space, and takes the weight off their shoulders.
So: what are you holding on to just in case?
Wishing you simplicity,
If you live in the Denver/Aurora area and would like some guidance on how to simplify your life in order to achieve inner peace please contact Center for Healing and Change today!