This weekend at the cabin I did some serious kitchen decluttering. I got rid of pots and pans, plastic cups, bowls, old spices, things that were duplicates or simply not being used. I used to think there wasn’t enough cabinet space up there, but now that the unused stuff is gone, I see all sorts of room for things I’ll actually use. You see, when we remove excess “stuff” from our lives, it opens up room for new possibilities to enter. Opportunities that we simply didn’t see before appear because we now have the space for them – either physically or mentally.
The Chinese call it feng shui. Everything has energy. Removing stale energy is a cleansing act, which is why it can feel so liberating to haul a bunch of stuff you no longer use to the thrift store for donation. It’s as if a heavy weight has been lifted and you feel renewed. This concept can apply to just about anything in life, not just “stuff”. It also applies to daily activities, habits, even relationships. If they are no longer healthy or serving a purpose, it’s time to reevaluate, ditch what isn’t working, and allow new, better ones to enter.
This week, I challenge you to shift some energy around in your life. If your goal is to replace bad habits with healthy ones let’s first look at your physical environment. Which unhealthy foods can you throw away? Is there part of your home that rarely gets used? Turn it into a fun new workout space! If it’s creating time to work out, ask yourself which activities are you engaging in that are no longer serving your needs that you can cut out.