Motivational Moments: Spring cleaning: Identify what you need to keep or get rid of

stockvault-spray-bottle134697This is the week that I start my spring cleaning. I have so much “stuff” to get rid of and will do exactly that! I realize that some of the things that I have collected through the years have got to go. Why have I been holding on to so much of this “stuff” for so long? Many of us hold on to things that we know we don’t need and so it’s time to let go.

I remember meeting a person who showed me how holding on to so much “stuff” is not healthy for us. She stated that there comes a point in your life that you have to decide on what you need to keep in your life and what you don’t. Think about the things you are holding on to, but not quite sure as to why you are still holding on.

Take this person for instance. She owns over one hundred pairs of shoes. She stated that sometimes she buys shoes because new shoes make her feel good. I believe that sometimes we use “stuff” to make ourselves feel better. When things aren’t going the way we plan sometimes buying nice things can take our minds off of problems and disappointments. But remember, there will come a time when you have to evaluate all of the things you have and decide what is needed and what to let go of.

This also happens when you decide to set goals and change your life for the better. You have to analyze what you need to do in order to be the success that you know you can be. There will be some things/stuff that you need to keep and things you need to let go of. With any change there will be new challenges and new adventures and you must be ready to experience them. Get rid of the things that have gotten in your way and put all of your “stuff” that can only hinder your greatness away for good!

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

April 7, 2015
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