The Magic of Letting Go

It’s Spring! …at least here in California. The rains have come, the grass is green again, and the birds are singing.

My To Do list said “clean studio.” So I got in there, and realized just how bad it was. First World Problems, I know, but still… too much stuff was bogging me down!

The same day I stumbled upon the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge, a practice of throwing out or donating a bag of stuff every day for Lent. Now there’s the Law of Synchronicity at work!

What’s more, we just watched a terrifying episode of Hoarders while on vacation, and we vowed to never become like that.

I’m not a practicing Catholic but I jumped on board. I cleared out old stuff I’d been hanging onto for years. I drove two large bags plus box of donations to Goodwill which made me feel lighter right away.

Space is really important to me since I work from home. I need my space to be efficient, inspiring, organized, and clean. Check out the before and after pics:

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Yikes!
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Yay!

Waaaaay better, right?! 🙂

The clutter becomes so symbolic. Letting go of stuff feels like letting go of some internal burden, heaviness, and cobwebs. For me, it’s renewing hope in buying a home soon, and growing roots within an ecosystem and community.

I moved twice in the last eight years, got married, started a big new art series and authored a cookbook. It’s been so hectic and though I hate clutter, I never really got a chance to de-clutter properly in all that time!

On Day 2, I went through my three large, old portfolios, downsized to two, and found my missing iPad in one! What?! Five years later! Ugh.

Getting rid of dusty artwork, papers, CDs, DVDs, books, and clothes breathed life back into my home and heart. There’s more space to create anew, to focus on my current skills and not be held back by old projects. The Zen minimalism clears the space in my mind.

When one door closes, another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

Feelin this! 🙂

Are you inspired to do any letting go? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Meghan Oona

2 Comments

  1. Meghan, I went through this same process lately. I finally moved into my own apartment, this space allowed me to get rid of so much. It felt so therapeutic taking each bag to the thrift store, all old pet stuff to the rescue, & old personal stuff to the dumpster! Great topic to share 🙂

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