I shared a lengthy and somewhat philosophical idea for a keepable resolution yesterday. Today, I’m keeping it short and sweet.
Get rid of stuff you hate.
I know. Nice people aren’t supposed to use that word. We’re supposed to love everyone and everything. That applies to people, for sure, but as a slob I tend to take this sentiment too far and apply it to things as well.
I’m the one who sees beauty and value where others see trash.
Sometimes, out of guilt, I try to soften and ease away my initial reaction to things I truly don’t like.
It’s okay to get rid of stuff I don’t like. Stuff that gets on my nerves. Stuff that makes me mad when I move it for the 32nd time.
Do I hate that bench that sticks out too far and causes bruises on my thigh every few weeks? Put it on the curb with a sign that says “FREE!”
Does that shirt make me mad every time I put it on and then remember it falls at the worst possible place on my hips? Stick it in the Donate Box.
Does it irritate me that every time I pull my favorite skillet out of the cabinet, the saucepan with the broken handle falls on my toe? Get rid of the saucepan I never use anyway!
I’m talking about a mindset change.
Don’t keep things you don’t like.
Give yourself permission to act on your gut instinct.
If something gets on your nerves, pay attention to and accept the physical sensation that tells you you don’t like it.
Donate it, recycle it, or just throw it in the trash. Do whatever needs to be done.
Go with your gut reaction. If you don’t like it and don’t want it, don’t keep it.
This is what Normal People do. I don’t think I’ll ever be normal, but I’m working on making this philosophy/life-coping-strategy my own.