Life's Baggage...Clean Your Closet!

I have been planning to go through my closet and get rid of ALL the clothes I never wear. This can be a problem because I always think, "No not this, I might wear it again." Time after time and my bag ends up with just a few things in it, my closet is still a mess.

I also have a couple drawers next to my nightstand, they are overflowing with JUNK! Don't think this is a recent thing, when we moved 5 years ago, I was going to clean it out, shred the papers, get rid of old prescriptions...but I continue to just shove it closed, no one can see the stuff inside anyways, I'll get to it later.

This got me thinking, how many of us go through life carrying years of inner baggage...hurt, anger, insecurity, pride, jealousy...from place to place? We think that moving, hiding, cleaning the outside, pretending, will make everything okay. We wonder, "Why do I not feel better inside? It's been so many years since THAT happened! Whatever your THAT is, you still carry it around inside. Just like my closet and drawers, I can hide things by closing the door, but deep down I know it's there and it weighs me down.

I have some areas that need cleaning, people I need to forgive, insecurities, self doubt, anger and many other things to overcome. I have slowly been going through my inner "CLOSET" and "DRAWERS." We often find ourselves in the same problems and situations, over and over again, because we never get to the CLEANING process...running, hiding, and denying is much easier. We will never truly be free until we take a look at what we have been hiding behind our closed doors.

Start with something small, (hold your tongue when you want to let someone have it, smile when your feeling sad, don't gossip about others for a whole day, walk for 30 minutes today.) Changing the little bad habits, one day at a time, will help you to slowly get to the bigger things (forgive someone who doesn't deserve your forgiveness, forgive yourself, apologize to someone you owe an apology to, trust others, overcome self doubt, fear and anger) one drawer at a time. It isn't an easy task, obviously...you've been carrying it around for years. Yes, I know it can be VERY painful! Why not find a way to get rid of the trash buildup, it gets harder and harder to stuff your drawers closed. Things start to stick out of the sides, top and bottom. Stop blaming others and get to YOUR cleaning! YOU deserve the best...you can start fresh, one small drawer at a time!

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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub.


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Lisa Petrarca 8 years ago Author

Thank you so much! I think many of us have this same problem and it can be very overwhelming. I hope this hub will help people find a "starting" place...to let go of the past and move forward.


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julieo 8 years ago from San Diego

You definitely got me thinking. I love to organize and de-clutter. I have become very good at letting things go instead of keeping them in a drawer. I had not thought of doing this from within. I will have to give this some thought. How does one let go of the things that haunt us? It’s not like an old shirt that you can throw away and never see again. Memories and emotions can always come back. Thanks Lisa, you have given me something to think about.

By the way….if you have not used it in a year…throw it out. That’s my little rule. It works great for me.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahaha I just had to laugh. I also wrote something about this when I came to realize how hard sometimes it was for me to throw things away. But I was determined to be clutter free. :) Hurrah! Love that phrase, start afresh, one drawer at a time!

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