What’s In Your Junk Drawer?

by | Feb 19, 2019

I have a junk drawer both at home and at work. My junk drawers are filled with things that I might need one day, or maybe not. You never know.

It contains things that are sort of broken, but not completely useable either, mementos of trips I’ve taken or things I’ve done.

The junk drawer is a place of possibilities, potential, and has a feeling of ‘I might need this someday.’

For the most part, my junk drawer is a reflection of my fear of letting go. I doubt I will ever fix the broken things and if the mementos were really that important, I’d put them on a shelf.

The other day I went through one of my drawers and decided to keep or discard everything in there. It didn’t take long. When I was done, about half the things were in the trash and a few were in a better place – not just another junk drawer either!

When I looked at the nearly empty drawer, I felt great. It was like a huge weight was off my shoulders. I was as if I had been carrying all those items on my back for all those years.

It made me wonder why do I need to hold on to the old stuff?

I think I’m afraid to let go. I’m afraid that once I give it up, I might not get it back. I’m afraid there are limits on what I can have in life.

While I say I believe the Universe is limitless, I’m also reminded daily that there are limitations, and I still have many beliefs that I can’t always get what I want.

I’ve seen those limiting beliefs first hand when I was not able to buy something I needed, when I was hungry, or when the judge said I lost the lawsuit.

It’s a challenge to change your beliefs. While I’ve changed many of them in the last few years, there are some I hold onto more tightly than others. The belief that ‘I should not let things go’ is one of the more difficult ones for me to change.

My junk drawer is a symbol of that belief for me.

You can’t change your beliefs just by cleaning out a drawer, but it can be a first step. And, that is how every intentional change begins.

What about you? Are you holding on to things because you are afraid?

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