I generally don't like New Year's Resolutions because, frankly, I don't like the pressure of sticking to my commitments. But as I am here at the end of 2018 and doing the natural life assessment that comes with the changing of the year, what stands out to me is how much JUNK I have in my life. There is clutter everywhere, from my closets to my dresser top, from my bathroom cabinets to my car, and so on. Living in a consumer culture, we are all surrounded by stuff, stuff, and more stuff. And as more studies and articles come out about how our landfills are overflowing and how even Third World countries are full of our hand-me-downs, I'm making a commitment to de-clutter and simplify.
Here are my pledges:
1) Commit to re-use wherever I can. That means no single-use cups, straws, or plastic bags. I will use travel mugs, stainless steel straws and cloth bags to do my part to cut down on clutter in the landfills.
2) Limiting my online purchases. Shipping packages use cardboard and plastic and contribute to greenhouse gases with all of the delivery vehicles that get my packages from one place to another. Buying local supports my local economy and also lowers my carbon footprint. And when I buy in person it's a physical transaction and I feel the weight of the purchase immediately after buying something, rather than that ethereal transaction of my stored credit card on the website, which feels lighter and easier, and leads to more and more purchases!
3) Do a fierce purge of both my office and my home. I donate clothes pretty regularly to my local clothing closet, but I know I have clothes I've been holding onto for quite a while. And I have a significant amount of sentimental junk sitting in my garage and in various drawers that it's time to let go of for good. The discernment process can be brutal, but it's healthy to make firm decisions about what is serving you and what is not.
Letting go is good for the soul, whether it's physical or emotional stuff we're letting go of. It's important for our souls to make space for transformation. Imagine those extreme hoarders, who have difficulty making paths in and out of their houses. When we clutter our lives, we can't get to others and they can't get to us. We can't clear pathways and we can't see what's really important. So I challenge you to let go of the things in your life that are weighing you down and holding you back, both literally and metaphorically, and let's clear a path to see what amazing gifts 2019 has to offer us!