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My Closet: A Metaphor for Life . . . Lessons Learned

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(This photo has nothing to do with today's blog post.  
But my star magnolia is blooming, and I am beside myself with joy
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I am nearly wrapped up with my closet "intervention," although I realize now that it will be a long-term project as I continue to rethink and purge and shift and pare down.  The process really has been cathartic for me, though.  A kind of metaphor for life!  Here are some of the lessons I learned . . . through my closet:

  • When our "closets" are full, it feels like we have plenty of options.  But sometimes, too many options can weigh you down.  And then you stagnate.  And keep choosing the same thing.
  • The more variables in the mix, the harder it is to come to a decision.
  • It's necessary to release some of the old if you're ever going to embrace anything new.
  • It's hard to add a new item when there isn't anywhere to put it.
  • Sometimes we forget what we already have.
  • Guilt and obligation makes us hold to to things we ought just let go.
  • There is freedom in less.

Lessons from a closet . . . sound like POSSIBILITY!

 

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Patty

I have a few items (wardrobe is not that big - would like it to be bigger) that I pull out every year and put back every year and they are kept completely due to guilt and obligation. Maybe I'll gain some strength from your exercise! ;-)

Marilyn

The magnolia is gorgeous! I'm yearning for blooming flowers...
Mom always said, Less is More.

margene

Too much of anything becomes an obligation. Less stuff means more room for living! Why shouldn't our closets be as lean and mean and we are?

Jo

Wow! You articulated the joys and satisfaction of rethinking the closet--I'm inspired to keep working onmine!

Cheryl S.

Boy, is that all ever true.

Carole

Your closet lessons are good life lessons.

Mary

isn't it cool to find possibility where you least expect it? all your wardrobe lessons are very true for life in general (why does it take us 50+ years to learn some of these things?! - they seem so...simple!)

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