“Keeping things ‘just in case’ indicates a lack of trust in the future” – Karen Kingston
I spent two hours today dragging boxes of mildewed letters, books, and other cobwebby remnants of years gone by out from my garage. Some of these boxes had been following me around since college in the 80s.
I kept some stuff that I thought my kids might like to see: pictures I’d drawn and stories I’d written in middle school. Selected letters from friends and family. My old 5th grade Cotillion invitation which is almost verbatim like the one Franny received from her Cotillion committee this year.
But I knew if I paused too long over any box, if I stopped to ponder the possibility that one day I might actually want to read that never-cracked-open Katherine Ann Porter Story Collection, nothing would get thrown away.
So I was ruthless in my purging. I felt queasy at times. Overloaded, teary, as flashes of my life history pelted my consciousness.
But in the end, I felt lighter, energized, and ready to say goodbye to pieces of past I no longer need.
“If you worry that you will need something after you have thrown it away then sure enough, very soon afterwards, your subconscious mind will helpfully create a situation where you need that very thing, however obscure it may be. ‘I knew it would come in useful some time!’ you exclaim, but in actual fact you could have averted this need by thinking differently. You created the need yourself by believing that you would have it!” – Karen Kingston, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui