I took everything out of the closet, vacuumed, cleaned the baseboards, wiped down the drawers and shelves, and then put all of the belonging that I wanted to keep, back into the closet. While in the process of trying on old jeans and shrunken shirts, I came across a jewel of a find. I was peeling through my dresses, and got to a dress that I haven't worn in years. Literally it had been over ten years. As I slipped on the dress, I was surprised that it actually fit me. I studied the pattern in the mirror as I tried to remember, when did I get this dress? And then it hit me. 8th grade graduation. 8th grade graduation! The weird thing wasn't the fact that I fit into my dress from junior high (although yes, that is weird), but that I still have my dress that I wore to my 8th grade graduation. It was a nice memory that the dress evoked. Walking across the gym to get my diploma, taking professional best-friend pictures in our green gowns, my hair twisted in rows and secured with mini jeweled claw clips. It was a good memory. But geez, get rid of that dress! I immediately put it in the give-away pile.
Purge. Purge those dirty shoes, those over-sized free t-shirts, lingering solo socks, and that cheap 8th grade graduation dress. Spring has sprung, it's time to clean out the closet and start fresh, both physically and metaphorically.
Note: The things that we hold on to don't help us move forward. Recognize what they are, hold on to the memory, and release the attachment.
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