Complete the Cycle: Goodbye Old Stuff, Hello New Attitude

published Jan 27, 2017
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It’s our last full weekend of the Cure and this final push is a bit of celebration of all the control you’ve gained over your space, habits and stuff this month. We’re celebrating by letting go – yes, it’s finally time to empty the outbox. It’s important to follow through at this point and really get the stuff that you’ve determined you no longer need or want OUT which is why I’ve dedicated a full weekend to this assignment. It’s time to complete the cycle and move on!

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

This Weekend:

Assignment 1: It’s time for your flowers! (or whichever small home treat you’d most enjoy at this point)

Assignment #2: Reconsider the things you set aside from your living room “lightening” last week.

Take a little time to look around your living room with fresh eyes that have now adjusted to less “stuff” level over the past week. Remember in your mind’s eye what you removed. Picture putting it back. If you feel like the item(s) will warm up, beautify or otherwise improve the enjoyment of the space, go grab it from where you stored it and bring it right on back. Feel good about knowing that you intentionally chose this item to make your room a nicer place to be. For anything you don’t want to return to its original location, either find it a new home in your home, store it or outbox it now.

#3 Empty your outbox(es)!

I know some of you have been emptying as you go (and that is fantastic) but for those of you who’ve been filling up (and up, and up) since way back at Assignment #4, now is finally the time to let it go.

Use this weekend to get the contents of your outboxes OUT. I’ve heard from past participants that this step can be a sticking point for whatever reason, so I’d like to encourage everyone to push on with the last bit of effort to make it happen; donate, recycle or otherwise remove the stuff this weekend. If you put this final step on hold, you are denying yourself the (really good!) feeling of letting go.

So, this weekend, decide which of the following makes the most sense for you and your (soon-to-be-former) stuff and put the plan(s) into action ASAP:

  • deliver donations
  • hit the recycling center
  • put things out on the curb with a “free sign”
  • list ’em on our classifieds, Craigslist, eBay or Freecycle
  • package goodies up and pass on to a friend

Here is a handy link to our big list of good ideas for donations: Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers for All Your Stuff

As you re-decorate (or not!) your living room in Assignment #2 and pass on the items in your outbox in Assignment #3, please feel good and confident about your decisions. Homes should not be static and decisions about what comes and goes should be intentional.

Think about the space, both physical and emotional, that the process of gathering things in an outbox and then passing them on has made in your home and in your mind. Embrace how good it feels to have storage spaces, from your kitchen and bathroom drawers to your closets and pantry a little less crowded and lots more under control. But at the same time, appreciate the things that you chose to return to your living room as part of your everyday decor, because ultimately, what we choose to keep is more important than what we let go. And, then, most importantly, try and keep this mindset moving forward when considering the quantity (and just as importantly, the quality) of new things you bring into your home in the year ahead.

Good work, everyone and see you next week for the final assignment!

More Info:

  • The January Cure 2017 Main Page
  • Download the printable pdf calendar: January Cure 2017
  • Share your progress on Instagram: #thejanuarycure