Perhaps in the wake of the season of gift giving and receiving, you’re feeling like you’ve consumed too much: Too much food and drink, as well having bought too much and accumulated too many gifts. In these quiet days we have an opportunity to take stock, value what we have and let go of what no longer serves us.

New Year's is the perfect time to do some mental housecleaning.

New Year’s is the perfect time to do some mental housecleaning.

Looking around our houses this time of year, with rooms cluttered with gifts, cards, and baskets of cookies and sweets, one thing is clear: It’s easier to acquire than to let go. But just as our shelves, table tops, closets, and drawers fill up with dusty old tchotchkes and worn out clothes that no longer fit us, so too can our minds and hearts get cluttered with old stories and beliefs that are taking up space without serving any useful purpose.

As we approach the new year, take a mental inventory. List 3 (intangible) things you want to let go of. Perhaps there’s a belief that is far past its sell-by date; perhaps you’ve collected some resentments, or old myths you’ve created about your life that no longer bring you closer to the truth of who you are capable of becoming.

As you clean up your house this week, discarding bags of wrapping paper, sweeping up pine needles that have fallen around the Christmas tree, or even doing daily chores such as washing dishes and taking the trash to the curb–think about the habits of worry or negativity, or the old beliefs you are going to let go of as the old year draws to a close.

As what no longer serves you falls away, you can make room in your heart and mind for new possibilities and fresh starts.


Here at AllTheSnoozeThat’sFitToPrint we’re resolving to do New Year’s Resolutions differently. Today’s post is part of a week-long series on mindful ways of creating New Year’s Resolutions that work. You can read the first post when you click here.

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