The Reevaluation of Stuff: Clear Space, Clear Mind

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It's been a super long time since I posted here. Life and stuff. Family and stuff. And stuff...and stuff.

Since my husband and I moved into our one bedroom apartment, it's been rough dealing with the amount of stuff I've accumulated over the years. Drawings, writings, sketches of clothing designs I liked when I wanted to be a fashion designer. Tapings of award shows and behind the scenes movie reels when I wanted to be a director. Old stuffed toys, clothes, and everything in between.

I've also been watching tons of organizational, DIY, and decluttering vids on YouTube (my fave tv channel now) and I've been in the mood to get rid of lots of stuff.

As I did, I couldn't help but think of life growing up and how each item held a memory or feeling. I carried around two or three bedrooms worth of stuff because I was afraid that I may need it later. Some things sat in its place for ages, and I would move it from one home to the next. I realized how much I had become a mere storage unit for most of my things.

Recently, I was ready to purge a grip ton of stuff, and I realized how psychological carrying around so much baggage had been for me. Slowly letting things go--most to be given away to people who need it--made me re-evaluate my space. A lot of stress comes from the feeling of being consumed by clutter. At the beginning of the year, I had a full plan for what books I would write, which ones I would release, and how I would do it. Life always gets in the way with family, personal business as well as professional business and other things to juggle; but I wonder how much of it was stress and worry over organizing my work and living space.

Many of the organizing gurus I watched mentioned value. Keeping things that you value. Not valuables per se but things of use to you. Like a computer which helps in the search for information, entertains, and perhaps serves as a tool for work. Or a mobile phone for the same.  Much of the stuff that sat and sat gathering dust just didn't hold value for me. If it did, I would have probably used it by now. Instead, I figure passing it on may give value to someone else.

I had to wonder, can the same mindset be used to refocus my mind for better book production? I usually prioritize stories that inspire me instead of worrying about how it will sell or how my readers will see it. After all, I've always believed if you write the story of your heart, your readers will feel that passion through the page.

I still believe that.

As I clear through the clutter if my exterior space, I hope to clear through the clutter of my mind as well; and I'm looking forward to feeling inspired by what I see.