Yes, you have to throw things away. What do you throw away? Anything you don’t use. That includes:
- Clothes that don’t fit (no matter how much weight you think you’ll lose)
- Appliances that don’t work (no matter when you say you'll fix them)
- Old toys
- Old food
- The ridiculous surplus of empty hangers in your closet
All the stuff you keep speaks volumes about you and it weighs you down. For example, the closet full of clothes that used to fit yesterday can make you feel bad about yourself today. Every morning you have to dig through jeans and shorts that remind you of how thin you used to be. Is that really necessary? Why do that to yourself?
I’m not saying to live like a minimalist and keep nothing with sentimental value. We’re human beings after all. But we need to give our energy and our space to this present moment. Right now is where you’re making new memories. Right now is the only thing you can control. Right now is all you truly have. Anything else is just a box of old stuff that you can’t use any more.
If you have trouble letting go of the past, may I suggest a good house cleaning? Just go through and get rid of everything you don’t need. When you can let go of the physical burdens, the emotional and spiritual ones are soon to follow.