The things that make your life complete, can also be your prison. Break free!
I would wake up on a seemingly normal Saturday morning to hear my dad playing classical music on FULL blast and the distinct steps of my mother’s walk when she’s on a mission.
The mission was clear in every step. It’s the seasonal ‘Cleanse’.
Every couple of months a switch would flip in my mum’s mind and it was time to detox the house of all unnecessary STUFF we had accumulated since the last Cleanse. Time to get rid of everything that was clogging our house (and minds).
First things first. Clear orders for every member of the house to separate and conquer. Keep the used and essential. Everything else is junk.
The stack of t-shirts that look almost the same, which I collected from show bags, festivals, and ‘found’.
Cupboard full of notepads to serve me for a decade. Insane, and gone.
No mercy. My mum was not going to stop till she pulled the house back from the clutches of clutter.
At the time, I hated the Cleanse. But fast-forward a decade and the Cleanse is now my compass.
Whenever I feel the first flutters of it calling, I know my life has become too full of things, stuff, and junk that are holding me back. It’s a sign I need to detox my home (and mind).
Why I’m ok with letting go:
- I want to have things that I LOVE, not ‘put up with’. We’ve all got that dress that’s not that flattering, has a rip in the corner, and you end up pulling and tugging at all day every time you wear it. Don’t put up with it. Give it to charity or throw it away. If you don’t love it, leave it.
- I typically rotate the same couple of items of clothing in any given season. Despite having a luxurious walk-in-closet FILLED with ‘great’ finds from over the years and my travels, I only wear about 20-30% on regular rotation. The rest is me storing clothes for one day when I might really want to wear it. Don’t hoard. If one day you desperately want it, you’ll find another one or you’ll find a way to live without it.
- It’s an important symbolic gesture. Say goodbye to the past and be ready for the future. Want to go on that trip, but don’t have someone to go with or haven’t saved up the money yet? You can still take action. Make sure you have a suitcase. Make sure you passport is valid. Prepare for the change, and you’ll be more ready to accept it, when the opportunity arises. Taking advantage of an opportunity to move my life forward, is FAR more important that holding on to trinkets from the past.
In recent years, I’ve felt my mum has lost sight of the Cleanse.
She’s on the precipice of an exciting new chapter of her life, but she’s been too busy with work to notice that she’s holding herself back. I don’t know how to help her kick off the Cleanse.
I bought her Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. That might trigger it….if she gets around to reading it.
Mum, let the Cleanse help you!
In the last few weeks I’ve heard the call, myself…it’s time for MY Cleanse. I’m ready for a new chapter. Bring it!