Spring Cleaning: Emotional Junk

© elizabeth patch illustration

Spring Cleaning!

New growth is everywhere.
Time to rake up all the winter debris, prune the roses, plant out some new seedlings.
Spring is also the time that I get the urge to clean out closets, drawers, the attic, the garage.
And every year I ask myself the same question:
Where did all of this useless stuff come from?

Do I really need all those odds & ends in the kitchen junk drawer?
Those half-finished sweaters I lost interest in knitting?
Those knick-knacks and “collectibles” I just hate to dust ?
Do I really need to keep all those clothes I hope to someday, maybe, possibly wear again?
It’s hard to let go but
it always feels so liberating to clear out the junk.

But what about all the emotional junk cluttering up my life?

  • The messy closet stuffed with old ideas that keep getting in my way.
  • The crowded attic full of painful and conflicting emotions.
  • The overflowing garage crammed with outdated beliefs,
    negative thoughts and hurtful memories.

Is it possible to clean out all of this useless stuff too?

Let’s pack up ALL our  junk for the most amazing Spring Cleaning  ever:
Letting go of the emotional stuff we no longer need!

  • I once needed ____________, but now I’ve outgrown it.
  • I used to be ____________, but now I’m ______________.
  • ___________ was true, but not anymore.
  • ______________ made me feel __________, but that’s in the past.
  • Guess what? I don’t even really like _________________!

What new possibility can you make room for this Spring?

Another illustrated post on the emotional issues of trying on clothes in order to clean out a closet.
Full Closet, Nothing to Wear!

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3 comments to Spring Cleaning: Emotional Junk

  • Mike Huiwitz

    I find it interesting how fascinating it is what other people hold onto. Witness the success of all these “hoarders from hell” shows on TV. Maybe people like to feel superior about how little they “hoard” whilst secretly loving to do so themselves….

  • JennyRose

    I have learned to keep clutter at bay by carefully evaluating what I bring in to my house. The emotional stuff has been there forever. Luckily I have no new emotional junk coming in but the old stuff takes up a lot of space.

  • I always marvel at the amount of stuff we accumulate–and then have to get rid of. Where does it come from??? Good reminder to take some time to clear out the old thoughts and beliefs that no longer “fit” also.