June is Rebuild Your Life Month and June 23 is National Let It Go Day. Here’s Certified Professional Organizer Kathi Burns to help you get started with letting go to create a life you love.
Many of us are stuck where we are in life because we’re afraid of change. Fear of the unknown is such a strong force that it outweighs that desire to eliminate the source of our discomfort.
Maybe we’re in a bad relationship, but are afraid to get out because we’re worried that we will never find another partner. Or we hate our job, but with the job market being the way it is right now, we keep going to work despite dreading each day.
Our ability to create the life of our dreams has a direct correlation to our willingness to embrace change.
People who are not afraid of change are the ones who are less afraid of the unknown. They decide to dump the useless partner even if they don’t know when and if they will meet someone else. They decide to begin reinventing their career even though the job market is volatile.
As a professional organizer, I see a direct correlation between clutter and change every day in my work. To keep things as they are right now, many of us continue on the same path we have trudged for years, sometimes even literally trudging over our own junk and clutter every day!
Maybe your home is so full of stuff, you can’t park in the car in your garage. So you park it in the driveway because it’s easier than getting rid of things because that would mean change.
People who are not afraid of change don’t ask themselves, “What happens if I need that later?” They say instead, “Well, if I need it, I’ll figure out how to get it later.” They do not make decisions or avoid making decisions because they are afraid. They are the folks who know innately that everything works out in the long run. If they really do need something later, the universe will provide and they will get it easily, exactly they when need it.
The good news is this. If you are one of the many who are afraid of change, there is an easy way to diminish your fears and that is to begin by letting go of stuff you no longer love or use.
For starters, perhaps you can donate the old coffee machine you have stored in the garage, just in case your new one breaks down. It doesn’t matter where you start. Simply start by letting go of one thing.
As you learn how to let go of items in your home, you will be able to work your way up to letting go in the more difficult areas in your life.
Letting go is a muscle that needs to be exercised. The more you use it, the more you will eliminate the fear of the unknown in your life. As Plato said, the only thing constant in life is change. Learn how to embrace change and create a life you love by practicing the art of letting go.
Kathi Burns is a Certified Professional Organizer and creator of Home Organizing Made Simple, an online course designed to motivate and guide you step by step as you clear out your useless clutter and catapult yourself into the life of your dreams.