Collecting Junk

There’s been a lot written about having a clean workspace. My workspace could be considered far from clean.

When I look around my home office, I see Christian music posters from a web-based business that’s no longer active, various electronic gadgets, music CDs (do you remember those), and a bunch of random junk.

Junk piles up

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Seeing this collection of junk has suddenly made me sad. Not because my home office isn’t tidy. There’s something else behind this sadness.

My feelings come from the realization that I’ve accumulated a lot of useless materials in my life. Whether it’s the paperwork and pieces of a now closed business venture or the feelings that are locked inside of my heart.

A realization of sorts

There’s a lot of junk in my life. I’ve been collecting junk without getting rid of anything.

And it’s creating havoc in my life.

The junk that piles up isn’t just physical. It’s mental as well.

My mental junk includes the hurt I’ve felt from others. The feelings of being wronged. Of being left out.

I’ve not only filled my office with junk. I’ve filled my mind with junk.

The junk is useless now.

At one point there may have been some use for the pain. Maybe it was to stay protected or I learned not to take that specific risk again.

Yet once I got the usefulness out of it, I left it there. I didn’t cleanse myself of those feelings and memories.

They’re there and they’re cluttering my life.

Is it time for a change?

Are you like me? Have you been holding onto physical and mental junk for longer than you need to?

If you have, it may be time for a change. This might be the perfect time to get rid of the junk.

Are you with me?

Let’s challenge ourselves to cleanse our lives a bit by getting rid of the things we no longer use or need.

The guys over at The Minimalists came up with a game called The Minimalist Game. The idea behind the game is to get rid of one item the first day of the month, then 2 the next day, and so on and so on.

I’m not ready to take it to that kind of extreme but I am ready to stop collecting junk. So I’m going to challenge myself to get rid of something every day of the month of February.

This will mean I’ll be removing 28 things from my home office or my life. This number seems like a lot but it’s only 1 item a day. A small, consistent action to take every day.

Over the month of February, I believe I’ll see some major changes take place. My office will become less cluttered. My life will become less cluttered. And I’ll have some extra breathing room.

What about you? Are you willing to join with me in this challenge? Are you willing to get rid of one piece of junk a day?

Question: Will you join me in getting rid of the junk in our lives? Let me know by saying Yes or No in the comment section below.

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