When To Throw Things Away: 7 Questions To Ask Yourself

SoulAdvisor | 02 Sep 2021

Decluttering and minimalism has been surging in popularity for some years now, but a new book suggests that all forms of clutter reflect a soul not being true to itself. 

In an extract from Release: Create a Clutter Free and Soul Driven Life published on goop.com, author Peggy Fitzsimmons provides seven questions to ask yourself to help you decide when to keep something - or when to let it go. 

Fitzsimmons is a counsellor and healer whose book provides practical strategies to release clutter in your inner and outer environments to create a more soul-directed life. 

Clutter isn’t just about possessions - it can also apply to relationships, your emotions, thoughts and your energy. 

Here’s a brief summary of the seven questions, which provide a path to decluttering, and ultimately, your freedom. 

Does it contribute to my soul intention?  

This is the only question you really need to ask in order to declutter. If your answer is no, it means it’s time to let it go. Fitzsimmons says your ego mind will do its best to hang onto it, even though it makes no contribution to your soul intention. 

Is it beautiful?

If the item, thought, feeling, relationship is not genuinely beautiful to you, let it go. 

Is it useful?

If it is not allowing you to live life your way and empower you, let it go. 

Does it love me back?

If it doesn’t make you feel good and light you up, let it go.  

Is it in the present time?

The best time is always now. If we trust the present moment is giving us all we need, our environment reflects that. So if it’s in the past or the future, let it go. 

Does it have a sacred place to live?

Give your things - or your relationships and thoughts - a place of honour in which to reside. Treat your possessions with respect, along with those in your life and your own emotions. If you can’t find a sacred place for it, let it go. 

Does it help me serve my love to the world?

When you are giving your love to the world, you are alive with purpose. If it doesn’t help you to do this, let it go.  

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References 

Release: Create a Clutter Free and Soul Driven Life by Peggy Fitzsimmons | bookshop.org

How To Know When To Throw Something Away | goop.com

Meet Peggy | peggyfitzsimmons.com

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