Well, I have this friend who LOVES to organize. We are complete opposites in that regard, but I have to follow up on the last post because…
I cleaned out sunporch with her help on Sunday and even though my body is dragging today, I am so excited! I woke up this morning and saw the sunlight dancing in the room and it felt grand! Of course there’s more to do, but the bulk of the letting go of stuff that I’d been holding onto for sentimental reasons etc. has begun.
I have a carload to go to Good Will now so I feel good about that and I put a few items up for sale in a local group which I hope will sell so they can get out of my house. Finding a new home for items that I don’t use anymore feels really good.
While I dislike doing the organizing, I like the finished look and feel of it so I’m inspired to do a bit more. I want to really dive into the next project, but I’ll probably need my friend’s help again. Thank goodness she loves doing this!
What was really great was that she didn’t judge me for the cluttered mess of it. She didn’t make me feel badly about having accumulated and not let go of things that I had a hard time releasing. Instead she gently held my hand and helped me to process what I needed to do.
I had held onto a beach scene plaque which was the last gift the ex gave me for Christmas the year he left. I liked the colors and the scene even though when I really looked at it, the beach chairs that were shown weren’t next to each other, but instead were facing opposite directions. Well, one was facing the ocean and the other was facing away. Kind of an apropos acknowledgment of where we were in our relationship at the time. I had held onto it because I liked it, but I didn’t like what it represented, and yet I couldn’t let it go. She saw it in the sunporch and that’s when I told her the story of it. She looked at me and without blinking an eye said, “You know this has to go, right?” And it was an ‘a-ha’ moment for me and I was able to put it in the box for Good Will.
Sometimes we just need someone we trust to tell us the truth without fanfare. Plain and simple to allow the lightbulb to go on in our heads and release it. I hope I can be that person for someone some day too.