Toss it Tuesday – Declutter as a personal care routine

mother sonIn general, we, as a society accumulate stuff like never before in our civilized history. We gather clothing, books, music, technology, paper, home decor, projects we intend to do, cookware we intend to use, and gifts we receive that we may feel guilt about releasing. 

As this stuff accumulates, we begin to run out of places to keep it and it may begin to pile up. Piles form on counters, desks, in closets, basements, and garages. For some, it does not stop and we see these people battling their emotional attachments to stuff on shows like Hoarders. 

So what’s the big deal?

According to WebMD, by allowing ourselves to over accumulate stuff, we tend to feel a sense of overwhelm, confusion, and lack of clarity. We feel disorganized, lost, and all of this emotion can lead to feeling unproductive. There are connections between clutter and weight gain and depression and anxiety. 

There is also an energetic component of having too much stuff that may be sabotaging our efforts for creating what we want to create in our lives. When we have so much that we are struggling to manage it, we are sending the message to the Universe “please don’t bring more, I simply don’t know what to do with it all”. (Enter screeching brakes sound here) Yep. Think about that for a minute!

Our homes are our sacred space, if we work outside of our home, this is our retreat from the world – our sanctuary.  Yet, so many women I know share that upon entering their home each day instead of a sense of relief, their tension actually increases because it feels like there is so much to do. 

I know this feeling well. While I have fantasies of simple living, my family and I are often charmed by “the next big thing” only to find it will soon land on a countertop or on top of our yet to be unpacked stuff in the basement.

Because I know this about us, I have developed a ritual I call “toss it Tuesday”. 

What’s that look like? 

Every Tuesday I take a brown paper grocery bag and gather all the items I can donate that will fit into it. Clothes, books, and other items I no longer use and take this bag (or two) to the local donation drop off or charity organization.

Not all of it gets donated – anything that is over worn or that I can say has been used a little too much does actually get tossed. I recycle what I can and rid us of the rest. 

Every time I honor this ritual in my home, I feel empowered, lighter, and more clear. 

Being really conscious about this process has led me to be more intentional in my purchases, asking myself not what I want for the moment, but what I really need and will use. I’ve realized the weight of stuff, and that’s not what I want in my life.

I also know that by honoring my toss it Tuesday ritual, I am making room for what I want to come into my life.

Now, my home consistently has more space for abundance, love, light, and laughter. 

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Sandra Scott

This is a great post Tammi. I feel the same way. I used to do a quarterly clean out. I would also get my kids involved and it was great. I got married about three years ago. I moved my things into my husband’s home. His basement was loaded with years of stuff from his previous marriage. And lots of kids stuff and furniture. It took some gentle conversations and tugging to get him to let go of some items. I would ask him how practical is that item for us. His response would sometimes be what if something comes… Read more »