Clearing Space for the New

Do the things that I have even serve me?

Shoes that hurt my feet - before I leave the house

I need new shoes. Not because I just want some new stuff but because the shoes I have hurt my feet and my back. I look at them in the closet and think – OUCH. I think…I can’t get through the day in those. I can’t make it to all the meetings. Instead, I put on the ONE pair that I am comfortable wearing. That I can handle it. I declare, “I’m going to buy new shoes that don’t hurt my back and my feet.”

Later that day, I enter the store checking out all the new shoes… and then walk out remembering all the shoes I have in my closet.

And repeat.

If finally occurs to me. Clean it out. Clean it out first. Create space for the new. The vision of the full closet keeps me from replacing what’s old, what doesn’t fit, what doesn’t make me want to get dressed for the occasion.

Cleaning out doesn’t always have to be about getting rid of old things. It doesn’t have to be about decluttering either. Sometimes cleaning out or decluttering is about taking stock. Do the things that I have even serve me? When was the last time I actually wore that, have I ever worn that? When was the last time I was INSPIRED to put on those shoes that hurt my feet. Never. They’ve run their course and if they are sitting there, they are keeping me from having something wonderful. So I’m moving them out. Creating space for the new. Nothing to fall back on. Nothing to say “oh I have so many…” or I bet there’s something in there that I can wear.

It’s spring (kind of, here in NJ anyway). Take this time to not just clean the winter dust and energy but the STUFF that keeps us all stuck. The stuff that is IN THE WAY of inviting the new. So head out to the donation center and make your old someone else’s new. And maybe someone else’s old your new.

And if you need some help here is the perfect essential oils blend to get you going:

Clear the Clutter by Desiree Managandog

2 drop Lemongrass
1 drop Lime
1 drop Douglas Fir

Use it in a roller ball or in your diffuser!

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