In the past few weeks we have seen decluttering and organizing in sad circumstances. Families and businesses have suffered great losses due to flooding. Families and businesses have reached out across the country to supply those in need with items they are letting go of. The catastrophic circumstances have lead to an all time new attetion to decluttering and organizing. In reflection, the response to life altering circumstances is letting go and decluttering.
Holding onto things
There have been lots of reasons in the past that we have been holding onto things. There’s emotional attachment, unrealized value, and that “just in case” thinking. When we see that our things have been ruined, we feel regret. Several of my clients mentioned that although it was necessary to let go of items in their homes after the floods, it still was hard despite these being ruined. Despite, the blessings of help during the flood, it was still difficult to bag up clothes and home goods. There’s an art to letting go.
Emergencies don’t give us time to process holding onto things and why. In a quick decision, regrets occur. Let’s remember that grief is a part of holding onto things and that grief can resurface later despite the most awful of circumstances. It takes time for perspectives to shift in holding onto things.
Letting go of things
“When natural disasters of this magnitude strike, they bring out the best impulses in many of us. We feel empathy for the victims and an urge to reach out and help them in any way we can, ” according to Psychology Today. We want to help by giving. Most encouraging has been the financial donations for those in need. There are many local and national agencies to give donations for these emergencies.
It’s also a reminder to ourselves that disaster can happen to anyone and anywhere. When we see that our friends, neighbors and families have suffered through the loss, we know that we could be experiencing the same. It’s a prompting to us to use this new awareness in a positive light and let go of our own things too.
Difficult times take time to process. Whether you experienced flooding as either a helper or a victim, take time to tell your story, share your experience and reflect on the new perspectives after the flood.