Most of us own an item or 500 that we’ll probably never use again. Their primary function? To collect layers of dust for a family member to blow off when we’re gone. Even if something has sentimental value, you can’t, as they say, take it with you.
In ancient India, spring cleaning took the form of aparigraha, the Sanskrit term for non-hoarding. Mastering this practice is said to empower you to see your true purpose in life; when you strip away all of the nonessentials, all that’s left is you. Even if you don’t take it that far, any amount of spring cleaning will make you feel lighter.
Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist in Westlake Village, CA, suggests:
• Clean your computer. Delete emails, subscriptions you don’t read, useless files, and any photos that feel repetitive or mediocre.
• Donate. Box up old clothes, shoes, book, blankets, reading glasses, etc. and take them to Goodwill or somewhere they might be end up being used.
• Cut up credit cards. Keep only the one(s) with perks you actually use.
• Clean out junk drawers. Throw or give that junk away.
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A good rule of thumb: if it doesn’t bring you joy, out it goes!