I Cleaned Out My Closet.

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Never underestimate the power of cleaning out junk you don't need in your life. I've heard before that holding onto items that are broken, useless, or put you down every time you look at them, clogs up the energy flow in your life and how well you're able to achieve what you want and need.

Last weekend I was at a very low point emotionally - frustrated with myself for not doing what needed to be done as well as love-life/high-school-drama issues. After a couple nights where I literally ended up crying on one of my best friend's shoulders, he later messaged me and got me to thinking... a LOT.

He told me, and reminded me again how important it is, to clear my mind of negativity and think about what it is that will make ME happy, bring ME a feeling of joy. Focusing on what I have and building on that. Realizing that however I approach a situation will determine what consequences ensue as a result, and showing how my decisions impact the lives of others. Where do I have room for growth? What am I running away from, when I should be taking responsibility for my actions? What am I doing to myself, how does it affect those around me? Where am I focusing on the lack, where I should be looking at what I have?

What you focus on expands. I remember replying to this thread (http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...essful-im.html) over a year ago and how much it inspired me then, and now looking back on it, I see how that concept spills over into every area of my life.

Taking back control. I turned falling flat on my face into an art form the last year or so. I've had a blast even during all this time (I make a point of having an awesome time, even during the sh*t-times), but repeating the same actions that clearly weren't working for me put me in a rut. I'm also now realizing that it doesn't just apply to actions - repeating the same mentalities that aren't working are just as much a fasttrack to insanity (and the root behind said actions).

By the end, he'd essentially told me that only by taking control of the life I know I'm capable of living will I be able to achieve what I want to, and repair any damage I may have caused others in my own personal life.

I thought all night about what he'd said that night. And the next day, I did something I hadn't done in years.

I CLEANED OUT MY CLOSET.

May sound random, might sound irrelevant, but it was one of the most liberating things I'd done in a long time. Got everything out of there - and I mean EVERYTHING - and got obsessive about cleaning it. Dusted the shelves, scrubbed the walls, put linen freshener on the carpet and vacuumed at least five times over, the whole nine yards. The damage done:

- Five bags of trash
- About 1.5 million used dustrags
- Seven bags of giveaways
- Gained (at least) 3 square feet of closet space
- Found a few pieces of clothing, trinkets, etc that were once gone-forever
- Found a Spongebob tie, NO idea where it came from, in perfect-condition - this made an awesome gift to a friend

Psychological effects of such a cleaning:

- I feel more capable now of doing what needs to be done.
- Realized it's time to stop crying about the ways I've f*cked up, especially since I have the means and the knowledge to fix everything.
- One reason I'd been MIA was due to (not proud of this, but it is what it is) essentially hiding with my tail between my legs. Now I'm out and posting again, putting out there what I feel I have to give.
- I've realized that it's one thing to tell another person, "I'm sorry," but it's ENTIRELY another to say, "I take responsibility for everything that's been said and done." Even then, trust is not built overnight, but it's a great start.

The moral of the story:

Your physical state reflects your mental and emotional state. This not only applies to your physical body (a lot of the same concepts though also another thread altogether) but your surroundings. By severing what no longer serves, you allow better and brighter things to come into your life. You never realize just how much of your energy is tied up in the wrong things until you let those things go. Working from the outside in. It's doing wonders for me.
#cleaned #closet
  • Profile picture of the author RyanHaus
    Very good subject here. Thanks for the post. I guess the only metaphor I can think of here is that when you you clean out your computer hard drive by eliminating unwanted programs, your computer runs more smoothly. Kind of like defragmenting your computer for a more efficiently run system.

    Clearing up any clutter has always enabled me to feel accomplished and more optimistic about future endeavors. It's like shedding old skin that was withering away. Any time I have eliminated old clutter, I have recharged my mind and always begin things with a newer, fresher perspective.
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  • Profile picture of the author msmir75
    Good for you and YES it IS a daunting task, and I was aware of this fact... but because I do not react well to change, I am taking babysteps in this. And trust me, 15 minutes a day adds up to A LOT overtime. I am also shedding off those unnecessary lbs too and ready to keep it off. No secrets, just.. being mindful and getting plenty of activity. Oh and I think I am also ready to finally hire a junk collector to finish off the job!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ash R
    Yup, uncluttering is awesome! Check out unclutterer.com (not my site, obviously) for more inspiration. Last year I did the same thing as you - threw out tons of old clothes and other trash.

    Decluttering really does make you feel lighter.
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  • Originally Posted by Emily Meeks View Post

    Never underestimate the power of cleaning out junk you don't need in your life. I've heard before that holding onto items that are broken, useless, or put you down every time you look at them, clogs up the energy flow in your life and how well you're able to achieve what you want and need.

    Last weekend I was at a very low point emotionally - frustrated with myself for not doing what needed to be done as well as love-life/high-school-drama issues. After a couple nights where I literally ended up crying on one of my best friend's shoulders, he later messaged me and got me to thinking... a LOT.

    He told me, and reminded me again how important it is, to clear my mind of negativity and think about what it is that will make ME happy, bring ME a feeling of joy. Focusing on what I have and building on that. Realizing that however I approach a situation will determine what consequences ensue as a result, and showing how my decisions impact the lives of others. Where do I have room for growth? What am I running away from, when I should be taking responsibility for my actions? What am I doing to myself, how does it affect those around me? Where am I focusing on the lack, where I should be looking at what I have?

    What you focus on expands. I remember replying to this thread (http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...essful-im.html) over a year ago and how much it inspired me then, and now looking back on it, I see how that concept spills over into every area of my life.

    Taking back control. I turned falling flat on my face into an art form the last year or so. I've had a blast even during all this time (I make a point of having an awesome time, even during the sh*t-times), but repeating the same actions that clearly weren't working for me put me in a rut. I'm also now realizing that it doesn't just apply to actions - repeating the same mentalities that aren't working are just as much a fasttrack to insanity (and the root behind said actions).

    By the end, he'd essentially told me that only by taking control of the life I know I'm capable of living will I be able to achieve what I want to, and repair any damage I may have caused others in my own personal life.

    I thought all night about what he'd said that night. And the next day, I did something I hadn't done in years.

    I CLEANED OUT MY CLOSET.

    May sound random, might sound irrelevant, but it was one of the most liberating things I'd done in a long time. Got everything out of there - and I mean EVERYTHING - and got obsessive about cleaning it. Dusted the shelves, scrubbed the walls, put linen freshener on the carpet and vacuumed at least five times over, the whole nine yards. The damage done:

    - Five bags of trash
    - About 1.5 million used dustrags
    - Seven bags of giveaways
    - Gained (at least) 3 square feet of closet space
    - Found a few pieces of clothing, trinkets, etc that were once gone-forever
    - Found a Spongebob tie, NO idea where it came from, in perfect-condition - this made an awesome gift to a friend

    Psychological effects of such a cleaning:

    - I feel more capable now of doing what needs to be done.
    - Realized it's time to stop crying about the ways I've f*cked up, especially since I have the means and the knowledge to fix everything.
    - One reason I'd been MIA was due to (not proud of this, but it is what it is) essentially hiding with my tail between my legs. Now I'm out and posting again, putting out there what I feel I have to give.
    - I've realized that it's one thing to tell another person, "I'm sorry," but it's ENTIRELY another to say, "I take responsibility for everything that's been said and done." Even then, trust is not built overnight, but it's a great start.

    The moral of the story:

    Your physical state reflects your mental and emotional state. This not only applies to your physical body (a lot of the same concepts though also another thread altogether) but your surroundings. By severing what no longer serves, you allow better and brighter things to come into your life. You never realize just how much of your energy is tied up in the wrong things until you let those things go. Working from the outside in. It's doing wonders for me.
    I feel your pain, especially the part about "hiding." Then I think what's the worse case scenario? I'm actually having a yard sale this weekend to get rid of a lot of clutter. I feel lighter already.
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  • Profile picture of the author tobyR
    Yep totally agree I can't stand having loads of clutter around, my kids drive me mad with their untidyness. But for me I need to every now & again have a good clearout & re -organisation - and you know what I feel so much better for it and clearer in the head to move on
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    • Profile picture of the author Nereah
      The other day my desk was cluttered with books and magazines, writing materials pens, rulers etc For some reason I just could not get down to work! the next thing I knew was that I had not done any work since I woke up and the day was almost gone. Then I slowly gathered the courage to start clearing, little by little until I could see the surface of my desk again, I do not know where the energy came from but I worked until well past midnight! Clutter does clutter ones mind as well, strive to get it out of your life
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  • Profile picture of the author Keen creations
    thats insane didnt know there was much more other than just getting rid of stuff
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  • Profile picture of the author Affiguy
    Now I would dare to advise you further thing.

    Organize your day routine and stick to it. You will see - it works miracles - get up at the same time and you will feel refreshed!

    Some small daily 15-min workouts boost our energy and clear minds!
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  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    you had 13 bags of stuff in your closet not including what you kept? how did you get the door closed :p

    Glad It Helped, and you make a great point about holding onto broken things, and looking at them..... I did that once with a 60 plasma tv that died on me....funny thing is, i new it was more expensive to fix it, than buy another one, but held onto it anyway . doesn't make much sense now, but at the time, I loved that tv lol. I eventually trashed it, and your right, when i threw it off the second story balcony into the dumpster I laughed like a little school girl hehehe ( had allot to do with the 1000 peices it ended up in but hey it was fun )
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