Birthing the New: Make Space for What's Next

There’s something new being born in my life.  I know this because I’ve felt the desire to go through my house and office looking for things that need a new home – the items that represent the past that need to go.

You know when something new is trying to come into your life when:

  • You feel ready to release the energetic weight of stuff sitting on your shoulders.
  • You know, on some level, that your life today has outgrown your life of yesterday.
  • You feel overwhelmed by the sight of things you no longer love or need.
  • You intentionally avoid or ignore the areas in your home or office that feel cluttered, disorganized, or messy.
  • You can’t seem to find the time or energy to invest in new ideas or directions.

I’ve known for a year that I needed to handle some things – the books that no longer fit in our library, the stuff left in our garage from the move five years ago, and a room in our basement filled with unused construction material.  With my busy travel schedule, I’ve had the perfect excuse to put these projects on hold.  But eventually the energetic burden takes it toll.  I know I can’t move forward without going back and letting go.
So, what makes it easier to make physical and energetic space?  Here’s what I learned this time…

  • Understanding that physical stuff holds old energy that prevents evolution.  If you don’t release the things you no longer love or use, you can’t fully grow into your next stage.
  • Remembering how free and exciting it feels to see an empty room, clean closets, or spacious, organized shelves.
  • Recognizing that clearing out the old is a fundamental step in our personal growth therefore time for cleaning and clearing needs to be scheduled so these projects receive the attention they deserve.
  • Energetic, loving, and motivated friends who are willing to help makes the process fun, easy, and infinitely more enjoyable.
  • Having the perfect place to donate the things you no longer use, need, or love inspires you to let go of more than you think you can.
  • Giving your treasured items to treasured people.
  • Finally, one of the benefits of getting older is the recognition that time is precious. While in the past it might have been easy to go through a stack of books and think, “someday I may want to read these,” you realize that someday is a limited timeframe.  It’s how you spend “right now” that really matters.

A few minutes ago I returned from delivering a truckload of items to our local thrift store – a nonprofit organization that shares revenue with food pantries and homeless shelters.  I love giving to these people – they’re excited, grateful and anxious to help in any way they can.

I know I’m preparing to give birth and the de-cluttering process is a necessary step in that direction.  Care to join me?

Take Action Challenge

To experience the emotional freedom that comes from clearing, take on one small project this week.  Whether you clean out your wallet, your purse, the laundry room closet, or your own garage, make way for the new that’s ready to be born in your life. (Don’t forget to ask for help!)

This week’s video is for those of you who might be having a hard time letting go of stuff.  It’s a CherylRichardsonTV YouTube video I did on the hidden meaning of clutter.  You can view it here.

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Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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