The state of your home is thought to be a reflection of your soul. Is it any wonder then, that moving is stressful and disorienting even when you are going somewhere wonderful? In some ways, sorting, cleaning, purging, reorganizing, packing and unpacking are like calisthenics for the soul. These activities force you to shake things up, to rid yourself of unnecessary flab that may be weighing you down. So perhaps, a move now and then, (or at least a good spring-cleaning) may be beneficial, though strenuous, for the soul.
As I dug deeply into twenty years of accumulated possessions in preparation for a recent move to a smaller home, I had to make some hard decisions about what to keep and what to shed. It was difficult to part with some things that I no longer use – and I had to ask myself why I was clinging to them. If the answer was that these items brought me joy or made my life more beautiful, I kept them. If they did not, I realized that keeping them would prevent me from adding new things to my surroundings that could bring me more joy and beauty. It wasn’t completely comfortable to let them go, but it was necessary, so I did.
Now as I walk into my new cozy abode, I feel lighter and shinier. My hope for you is that you too find a way to make more space in your home (and your soul) for those things that bring you joy.