I recently stopped using my fabulous DKNY bag. The bag is beautiful, a large tote bag in butter soft, golden tan leather with bold gold metal trimming. It has several large sections and a pair of sturdy grab handles. It is big enough to get everything I need in it.
So why have I stopped using it?
Because it is big enough to get everything I need in it. The iPad, the reading glasses, the notebook, the makeup bag, the wallet, the phone, the keys, the pencil case, the umbrella, the camera, the tissues, the box of business cards, the hand cream, the sewing kit, the aspirins, the sunglasses… You get the idea. The plus side was that everything was at my fingertips. The downside was that every time I picked it up, it felt like weight training without a warm up. By the end of the day, it felt like I was dragging the world around with me. It got to the stage where I felt something needed to be done.
The first step was to empty everything out onto the table. That done, I almost couldn’t work out how I had got everything into the bag in the first place.
The next step was to move every item into one of three groups:
Having sorted everything, I decided to use a smaller shoulder bag for the essentials and a workbag to be packed every day with only what I needed. It has helped my aching arms and also cleared my fuzzy mind. It has made me feel lighter and more ready for action.
It led me to declutter my office space, going through every drawer and cupboard. Then it was on to the computer files. I cleared apps off my phone and iPad - then it was on to the rest of my flat!
It has been a really useful exercise. I still have a lot of stuff, but what I have has been kept for a reason. I have got rid of the stuff which doesn’t work, which might come in useful “one day”, which has negative associations, which was generally just baggage.
I have got more space (physical and mental), more clarity and more feeling of control. And the local charity shops love me because of all the new stock!
So, what do you have cluttering your physical, mental or emotional space?
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