Clearing Clutter

Last summer, my husband’s Hyundai Sonata broke down. After several trips to the mechanic to investigate the problem and a couple hundred dollars later, it is decided that the work it requires just isn’t worth it. It isn’t safe to be driven, so it sits. In my garage. taking up valuable space.

For months I have chosen my “reminders” wisely when talking to my husband about it, trying to avoid nagging him: “I hope that we can get the Sonata taken care of before winter, so I can pull my car in the garage. We will have a baby by that time you know”. I’m happy to report that my neighbor has nagged my husband more often than I have, “that car is STILL in your garage!?”. And every comment has been met with meaningful and well intentioned response from my husband, “I know, I just don’t know what to do with it” or “Yup, I’m calling to have it donated in Monday”. Finally the day had arrived when it is being towed out of my driveway.

I’m not going to miss walking past that car in my garage but this is the end of a tough To Do item, and I think it deserves some reflection:

  • What have you been putting off for months and months?
  • How to you handle difficult tasks?
  • What in your life is taking up valuable space?
  • What new thing could you make room for in your life?

And I don’t mean just physical items. Of course, I’m all for cleaning out closets and streamlining processes but what about emotions as well? Or styles of communication? Or attitudes? Or resentments? Or secrets?

What is your “broken down car”? And how would you feel if it was finally taken care of?

Published by annkendig

I am a mental health and addiction therapist in Cincinnati Ohio. Happy exploring and may all beings be well.

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