There’s a Chinese saying that translates to “If the old doesn’t go, the new doesn’t come”.

Whether it’s your body or your mind, your daily agenda, your home, a closet, a bookshelf, or just a drawer, I believe that the following advice holds true…

  1. If you haven’t used it in a long time, it’s time for it to go.
  2. If you no longer find it useful, it’s time for it to go.

It’s not about the stuff – it’s about the life you wish to live…It’s important to remember that what you own and where and how you live is a reflection of the person you are. A clutter-free, organized life is about living in a way that helps create your best possible life – happy, stress-free, creative, motivated and enriching. Happiness can’t be found in the quantity of stuff we own, it’s in the quality of relationships that we form. What we own should foster that life, not be a hurdle to it.

Life has so much to offer. But we are often overwhelmed and therefore lack the capacity to embrace new opportunities and experiences when they come along.

Picture a bowl filled overflowing with marbles. This represents all of the elements in your life. A new, beautiful marble comes into your life. As you place it into the bowl, it starts to overflow. Not only does this last marble not fit into the bowl, but others start to fall off the pile too. Can anyone identify with this?

I believe that it is important to think about how you can declutter your life to create room for the new, the riches and the beauty that life has and will have to offer.