We all have things in our lives that just sit around unused or drag us down physically or emotionally. In the last 2 years, I’ve gotten rid of everything that didn’t fit into two large suitcases. Then I went ahead and re-cluttered my life but only with things that brought me joy. What are the things that I’m so glad I got rid of? Find out below!
- Scale – As a human, I hate scales for so many reasons. It’s easy to be obsessed with your weight. It’s easy to be obsessed with normal fluctuations in your weight. It’s not a great determiner of your overall health and it certainly does not do anything for your mental health to be watching the scale. So I tossed mine a couple of years ago – right around when I stopped being able to lose weight so quickly. Before I was 25, it was so easy for me to shave off some weight by going to the gym like 3 times. Now – fat chance (actually no pun intended). So yeah – I try to eat well. I work out a couple of times a week. And I’m so glad to not be worried about my weight.
- Car – If you had asked me 10 years ago, I would have been shocked to be so happy to not have a car. I used to really love cars – it was a way to bond with my father. As I’ve gotten a little older – my uncle actually gave me some perspective. They are just transportation. Especially any car that would be in my current budget. It’s a waste of money to have a fun car (I used to have a Mini Cooper) that is constantly in the shop. That being said, I don’t plan on having a car as long as I live in Europe (hopefully that’s permanently). I have a pain in the ass bicycle which I’m currently debating returning but mainly I rely on walking and public transport.
- Shitty Friends – As we get older, it becomes so obvious which friendships will last and which friendships are energy drains. I’m just glad that I figured out the people that just weren’t worth my time and friendship early on in my 20s. Now, I’m fortunate to have an incredible network of friends stretching all over the world, including coworkers, classmates and childhood friends. I know everyone thinks their friends are the best but I love that I have meaningful and unique relationships with all my close friends.
- Any social media which didn’t make me happy – We all know social media can be a lot to handle. So why keep any aspects of social media that don’t make you happy? I’m pretty realistic about how most people use social media to highlight the best parts of their lives and leave out some of the shitty things. So I can handle Facebook. On Instagram, I follow accounts that are satisfying or inspirational – typically things like travel and bullet journaling. But anything else – I just can’t handle. Twitter seems just like a nightmare – I had one for awhile but then decided it was time to go. Same for any negative pits on Facebook. And I don’t just mean people I may not agree with, but rather people who want to use their stream as a means to be combative. It’s just not my style and I’m happier in my bubble.
- Societal Expectations of Success – I’ve come to terms with something over the past several years. I’m not terribly ambitious. That doesn’t mean I’m not passionate. I love being a teacher. I don’t plan on ever changing my profession. However, I also love writing. I love drawing. However, I don’t see any need to be traditionally successful. Sure – I hope to be able to someday retire. However, money doesn’t really do a whole lot for me. I know this comes from a privileged place – I’ve never had to worry about where my next meal would come from. But big raises and fancy cars – I’m just not motivated by that. Give me a really great mentorship with a student anytime over a big bonus.
What are some things that you’ve gotten rid of from your life? Let me know in the comments section below! I’m always looking for new things to declutter 🙂