Looking for a Chinese New Year give that aligns with the holiday? De-cluttering is a great way to give back during this holiday!
If the old doesn’t go, the new won’t come.
February 1st is Chinese Lunar New Year around the world. It is the Chinese culture’s biggest celebration and some of its traditions can guide us to helping others in our own new year.
Some people believe in the old Chinese proverb that says, If the old doesn’t go, the new won’t come. That’s good advice for all of us, especially since last two years have been so difficult. Maybe now’s a good time to let the old go and allow a brand new spirit to enter our homes. It can be a very liberating experience for you, and a gift for someone else.
Chinese New Year’s celebrations last for 16 days and each day has its own customs. For example Day 6 of the first month is called Sweeping Away the Dust and it is considered the best day to get rid of old, unwanted things, and to anticipate a new and better year.
The Chinese New Year clean means more than the annual carpet cleaning or the ritual of putting away the good dishes for another year. Think of it more as removing things that don’t work for us any more – in other words, de-cluttering.
De-cluttering has become popular in the last couple of years. It’s a time to review the overflow in your life and choose items make you feel good. After the chaos of last year, de-cluttering may be the best gift you can give yourself. Even de-cluttering just one closet, or one desk, or taking on the task of decluttering a whole basement can bring sense back into your life.
But how does de-cluttering fit into giving, or being kind to someone else every day.
Well, once you’ve given that gift to yourself, you can give it to someone else. Does an older person in your life need help to de-clutter. Maybe they don’t have the strength, or maybe it’s really difficult to let go of some of the things that represent their whole life. Even if they can’t bear to lose precious possessions, you can help organize them into boxes with labels so they’re easy to find.
Or how about starting a conversation on social media about the joys of living more simply. Decluttering is not just making room for something else, it’s the sense of eliminating disorder. Tell others about the freedom you feel.
The website “Becoming Minimalist” lists 101 things to look at in your home if you’re de-cluttering.
Would you like to know more about making giving every day part of your life? Check out more giving ideas on our 365give blog. You can use these ideas for your giving or get involved with 365give. Your choice.