Its time to get rid of the old! I’m sure there are things in your house, certainly in your garage, and heaven forbid, a storage facility, that someone else can use. You can sell it on Craigslist, eBay, and actually get some money together. How about giving it all away to people whom you know might need it? How about calling the Salvation Army or the Vietnam Veterans?
When I was running my business, Organizer Bunny, I learned about Feng Shui and I wanted to have different things come into my life. I needed to clear my space. One of the best books on the subject is Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. She’s the author of Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui: Learn the Art of Space Clearing and Bring New Energy into Your Life. This can have a huge effect on your life; it certainly did on mine. I wanted a new relationship that was very different from what I had in the past – it worked!
Another fun book I love is: Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life : How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness by Karen Rauch Carter. Denise Linn’s Feng Shui for the Soul has such clarity and all are inspiring to get clear and light. You will be surprised at the things in your house or your closets that bring your energy down.
One time I was wearing a fun jumpsuit and I overheard a very unflattering comment. Whether or not I like to admit it, the comment was true when I looked at myself in the mirror. I realized it wasn’t flattering. Well, because I loved the color and the cut so much, it hung in my closet for a couple of years. Now isn’t that ridiculous? Out it went.
If you don’t love it. . .
Something else comes to mind as I write this. You don’t need to keep your grandmother’s silverware if you really don’t like the pattern and never use it. Sell it and buy another pattern. It doesn’t matter what your family says if it’s yours. None of us is taking any of this stuff when we leave the planet. So, be happy with it or get rid of it. By the way, Replacements Limited in the Carolinas are absolutely great for buying unwanted silver and china or a source for missing pieces in sets.
But my mom gave it to me
Many times, we keep things because family members may feel badly if we give them away. My motto is once you give a gift to a person, if you have truly GIVEN that gift, it is now theirs, and it is their choice to with it whatever they wish. If there is something very special that you love and you do not want it to leave your family, then you need to give it to this person with very clear instructions. “If you are not thrilled with this and you will not use it or wear it, I will not feel bad at all, simply return it to me; I want it to stay in the family.” So if you’re wondering about getting rid of that old hulking black couch with chintz pillows in the living room, don’t think twice. Sell it or give it away and spread your wealth around.
In my next post will talk about how to give it away and have fun at the same time.