The past clutters up our homes as well as our minds. Often we feel hemmed in, trapped by all our accumulated stuff. Letting go of some of that stuff on a regular basis creates room to breathe, stretch out, and welcome what's fresh and new.

The Practice

Give yourself a day to open every drawer, cupboard, and closet in your home. Inventory all your stuff with an eye toward letting it go. If you absolutely need something, leave it where it is. If you haven't used something in a year and have no emotional attachment to it, put it in a "recycle" pile. If you haven't used it in a year but do have an emotional attachment to it, put it in a "maybe" pile.

Spend a little time with each item in the maybe pile. Let the feelings connected to it flow. Notice whether the attachment is one that seems to shut you down or open you up. If it's the former, consider adding that item to the recycle pile.

Then, when you're all done, recycle everything you're ready to let go of, and revel in your new-found spaciousness.

Raphael Cushnir in How Now