I have been preparing to head off for university now for a few months. After a bit of planning, list-making, and packing, I finished putting my room into boxes. All of my items have been separated into three different categories; boxes of stuff to be stored at home, boxes of stuff that comes with me to university, and boxes of stuff to get sold or tossed. It is easy to decide what you want to take to school, it is a lot harder to decide what gets the boot. Going through every item I had made me go on a little trip though memory lane, and it can be hard to know what is sentimental and what is useless junk. In the end, everything found its place (everything always finds it place somewhere 😊), and my room is packed away.
There is no door on my closet, it is just an indent in the wall. From that closet came chaos. Piles of shoes, old clothes I was never going to wear again, disorganized papers and folders from school left over the years, it was a mess. When it was cleaned out, it was like a mental weight had been lifted off of me. After I had finished cleaning out my closet, I went through my drawers, my dresser, and the items and around my desk. It took me a while to finish, but after I was completely done packing my room away, I immediately felt amazing.
Looking around my room, the only items left were my furniture. You cannot tell whose room this was when looking around. Taking my posters down from the wall and removing the pictures I had hanging on the wall stripped the room void of its identity. It is a liberating, nostalgic feeling. There is a little tingle in my stomach when I walk in, it feels like I am on the onset of some fantastic, undetermined adventure. The room is now a much more productive place for me to work in.
You can replicate this. The majority of the things you own is made up of useless junk that is weighing you down, at least I know that was true for me. A lot of what you have is just easily forgettable things that you tell yourself is important but really is not. I had a drawer in my room where I put my most important papers, trinkets, and other really important sentimental items. After thorough examination, I figured out that a lot of the stuff I put there was not all that important at all. I ended up getting rid of half of the papers in that drawer and boxing up the rest. If you could cut down on half of the things you have, how much freer would you feel?
When you live in a chaotic, untidy environment, your mind is unsettled, unconsciously or not. For the entire time that you allow your mind to be in this state, you are robbing yourself of productivity and comfort. You deserve to feel great in your own room, take the time to make it a place that you want to spend time in!
Something that helped me make more defined decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of was to take the approach that everything will be thrown away in my room except for the stuff that I explicitly say that I want to keep. If you go through your items in this way rather than picking what to get rid of, it makes you really put effort into thinking about the reason this deserves to be kept.
Grab a garbage bag and go through your closet. Take the clothes that you are never going to wear again and put them in. You have a ton of these clothes. These clothes are usually still in good condition and can be worn and appreciated by someone else. Take these down to a Goodwill or a local shelter if you have one. It is a mutually beneficial trade-off. You are getting peace inside of your living space, someone else is getting new, comfortable clothes.
Have a splendid day!