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Many times before a hair treatment such as color, it’s best to do a cleansing treatment to get rid of any buildup from things like hard water, chlorine, and product buildup.  Cleansing the hair makes way for restoring and rebuilding.  I’ve been thinking about this in my life. I want to restore and rebuild so that I really enjoy the next hopefully 40+ years.  But I need to do a cleansing treatment first.

I recently read two things that really caught my attention regarding decluttering and messiness. 

Decluttering makes room for more in your life.

How open am I to the future if I’m still holding onto pants and shirts from when I was 26 and lived a very different life and had a very different body.  These boxes have moved with me many times. 

Yesterday I took a trunkload of clothes to goodwill.  They were the items that wouldn’t be worth selling on Poshmark.

But I’ve got three big boxes of clothes that I bought when I’d lost some weight and now have regained and they don’t fit.  I want to say I love some of these items but right now they make me feel like shit when I think about them. I don’t want to feel like shit. 

I have to remind myself that if I get skinny again, I can buy new clothes.  Even better clothes.

Would I bring this with me to my new life if I was a multimillionaire?

Not that I need to be a multimillionaire, but I think about what my ideal life looks like and I can’t see myself bringing old makeup, old eyeliner sticks, and a cute button-down top from the Gap to this new life.  I don’t picture my bathroom closet with bottles of half-used products.

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I don’t picture my makeup holder filled with q-tips that have fallen in and are not usable. I don’t have a closet full of items I received as a gift but may never use. Would my future self have tissues crumpled up at the bottom of my purse? I’d say no.

There is still a lot for me to declutter in my home. Just because I’m not living with the career I want or the healthy body I want, I am beginning to live “as if” I am already living this amazing life.  I am practicing for this new life. I’m opening myself up to the future.