Purging to Make Room

It’s hard to believe the end of summer is almost upon us.

September always feels like a new start for me.  Although I’ve been out of school for many years, the end of August still brings a flood of back-to-school feelings – excitement and anticipation, mingled with the uncertainty of what’s ahead.  (Not to mention the strange desire to buy pens, pencils and binders.  But I digress).

This fall is no exception and some changes are ahead.  I’m now more focused on living on purpose than in the past, and as part of that, I’m embarking on some new experiences that really excite me.  More on that in a future post.

My 6-year-old, J, is also heading into some changes.  He’s starting grade one and is going into French Immersion.  Since the program isn’t offered at the school where he was, he’s switching schools.  And although he’s putting on a brave face, I know he feels pangs of concern about leaving the friends he made in junior and senior kindergarten, and uneasy – yet kind of excited – about the changes ahead.

So, it’s time for us to make room.  For what?  For positive new experiences, challenges and friendships that stretch and complement who we are.

In a recent post, Betsy at The Zen Mama’s Blog talks beautifully about the power of letting go.  She suggests we become weighed down in life by the things we thought we needed but that don’t actually serve us (I’m paraphrasing).

To prepare ourselves for the changes this fall brings, we’re starting to purge.  Purging is such a great process.  We give away what we’re not using so others can make use of it (why simply store something to collect dust?) and recycle or throw away what isn’t usable.  Then we breathe a sigh of relief.  It’s as if a huge weight is lifted from our shoulders.

For our son, we helped him organize and declutter his piles of toys and artwork, then banished the dust bunnies.  Then we moved his furniture around for the first time in over two years.  It was amazing: since we involved him in the process and got his opinion on where he’d like things, he felt like such a ‘big boy.’  He really embraced the whole thing and was proud of his new space.  We set up a table in his room for him to do artwork/ homework and he spent a couple of hours up there unprompted, enjoying his realm and creating art.

Now, it’s my turn to get organized.  It’s been awhile.  I’ll be purging stuff like:

– clutter (it’s so distracting, pulling my focus from where I want it to be)
– stale, limiting beliefs about who I am and what I can and can’t do (this part will be the bigger effort, since these dust bunnies have accumulated over decades).

If you’re starting something new, try letting go of something old that’s no longer serving you.  Purging makes room for new adventures.  You’ll be amazed at the great things that come into your life when you’ve created the space for it.

Go forth and declutter!

About Christine

Positive thinker. Writer. Personal empowerment coach. Lover of travel and adventure, oceans and mountains, and the energy of a big city.Oh, and deep belly laughs, sappy movies and spirited conversations. Believer in limitless human potential.
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13 Responses to Purging to Make Room

  1. jennlaurent (LiveThroughTheHeart) says:

    I absolutely love this post and the inspiration it brings to find tangible ways to let go and move forward. Brilliant!!

  2. Zen Presence says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. I could use to do a little purging myself.


  3. Betsy at Zen Mama says:

    This is wonderful!! And thank you for sharing the link!! I wrote the post because I’m still letting go of my college age sons and controlling them from afar with email or texts. It’s hard. Great job helping your son!! I’m still in the process of clearing out my clutter at home. I’m very attached to anything that has some sentimental value. I’m also attached to anything I think I’ll use again. I’m getting back to it today. Hope I’m successful!! I know I’ll be happier if I can do it.

    PS How did your son do for the first day of school? That’s something else we have in common… my sons all speak French. My oldest is majoring in it!!

    • Thanks Betsy! I appreciate your kind words, and it was my pleasure sharing the link!

      I can only imagine how hard that must be, letting go of your sons yet trying to maintain influence from afar. You must go through incredible internal struggle about this at times (maybe often?!). Such a challenge… how to hold on yet let go… Good luck with your decluttering! I hope it helps. It’s a big effort for me as well, and a VERY slow process.

      So interesting that your sons speak French!!! Awesome. It’s really important to us to expose our kids to another language.(side note: I guess I’d better pick up a Rosetta Stone course for myself!). He starts on Sept. 4th, so we’ll see how it goes. My Mom speaks French, so that should help…

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. Alex says:

    I think purging is always good, done regularly. We have moved so often that I have had to do it every more. But I also like to do even if we are not moving.
    Big changes for little J! I wish him the best. My 3 are heading back to public school, so that’s big here too. Courage to both of us and our children at this back-to-school! xoxo

    • It’s great you’ve taught the kids from an early age not to hold onto unnecessary “stuff.” That’ll be so helpful to them as they grow up.

      Yes, you have big changes ahead too – not to mention your recent move. It’ll be an adjustment, but hopefully a great experience for all of you (and for my little man as well)! I’ll be thinking of you! Sending hugs.

  5. junkjam says:

    I love that quote. It’s so fitting for your post and for life. I’ve just embarked on a project to purge things from my home. After two family deaths plus the death of my business and life as I knew it, my home became a cluttered mess. I’m now working on restoring order to both my home and my life. In my case, one day at a time. Here’s my blog on it: http://thejunkjam.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks so much, junkjam! I just visited your blog – love it! I think your “let go of one thing a day” approach is fantastic – makes a potentially overwhelming project seem much more manageable. So sorry to hear you’ve been through so much, but it’s fantastic that you’re going through this clearing process. Hopefully it’ll bring some peace to your life.

      • junkjam says:

        I know a good clean out will do me good!

      • junkjam says:

        Yes, it does make it more manageable. I still find myself struggling with what to get rid of some days. Other days it’s quite easy. This is proving to be an interesting process. It’s Day 25. Just 340 days left. Oh my…

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