Midlife change can be unsettling, even when you know it’s coming your way!
The kids are grown and on their own. Relationships sometimes end due to divorce or death. Our health may take a turn, whether temporarily or permanently. And careers are not bulletproof, either, are they!
When change arrives with one of these midlife events, do you feel stuck? Shocked or mournful? Are you resistant to something different? Now what?
Reframe change in a positive manner: Enjoy three benefits when you include decluttering in your Spring activities.
Benefit #1: Physical Change Leads to Mental Clarity
Decluttering is a powerful movement these days for good reason: the square footage of our houses has increased substantially over the last 50 years! It stands to reason that the quantity of household stuff stored within has also followed suit. Of course, we accumulate many things along the way as we live a full life, raising a family and pursuing our interests. But when the household size shrinks or our own activities shift, now we have excess items which are no longer needed or used.
However, when we allow them to continue taking up physical space, they also command mental and emotional space. In fact, unused things can actually emit negative energy! They crowd out the potential to substitute items that support where we are now or where we might head. This is what leads to feeling stuck. It’s uncomfortable to be in between chapters of our life, knowing one is winding down but feeling uncertain about moving into the next one.
Yet when we begin to remove outdated belongings, we open space not just in our home but in our mind, as well. Releasing the old with love helps prepare us to welcome the new with hope. We regain perspective about life’s inevitable changes. Now we are receptive to something different … something new … something that resonates and invigorates our next act!
Benefit #2: A Streamlined Space Simplifies your Routine
Most would agree that it’s draining when we have too much stuff in our home. Maneuvering from one room to the next can be challenging. Locating a particular item takes extra time. Maintaining more stuff than you use takes extra energy. Wouldn’t you revel in a home where everything has a place and a purpose? If you think about it, stuff we no longer need or use really become distractions in our daily life.
So consider how light you would feel with space between your things … the things that matter most to you now! Imagine not worrying about running late. Or feeling confident with where things are in your home. How many times have you bought something at the store, only to discover that you already had three of them hidden in a cabinet or drawer? Indeed, paring down to the essentials which support your current routine can be one of the top self-care steps you tackle this Spring!
Benefit #3: An Uncluttered Life Can Change your Focus
Change can be difficult, frustrating, sad and scary, particularly when you’ve been happy with the status quo. But it’s also an integral part of how life unfolds. Accepting the role it plays in our life experience is the first step towards taking charge of how you want your narrative to continue. We can’t always direct our circumstances but we can control our response to our new direction.
There is no time limit for how long the process should take. Everyone has varying amounts of things and stuff. Each of us needs a unique amount of time to make space clearing decisions. So honor the process that works best for you because it’s not a race! The decluttering process is a cathartic process as you accept change. How exciting when you view where you’ve been and then imagine where you’d like to head next!
When you’re ready for a change, begin with clearing out your home.
Retain only your favorite reminders of loved ones, milestone accomplishments and memorable experiences. Release the excess. Start small with a drawer, a counter or a closet. Ask yourself, “Why is this here?” Examine what you have and decide if it still resonates with where you are now.
Life is Change.
When we don’t change, we stand still. When one chapter in life ends, make peace with moving into the next one. Trust that something beautiful will develop: You!
For more on making a midlife transition:
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- Which Springtime tips resonated the most with you?
- Which room, drawer or closet will you tackle first?