Embrace Your Messy Closet


While on the topic of moving, I couldn’t help but notice…mess. Like when you look in your closet and you think, “Yikes. That’s…a mess.” (pittas have no idea what I’m talking about right now. hehe.) But do you know the best part about a messy closet? The best part is that you SEE the mess! You know it needs to be cleaned and so you clean it!

Now, what if you had a messy closet but only very slightly cracked the door open, just enough to toss a rotten piece of clothing in there–and then you shut the door. In that closet would be dirty clothes and shoes all in a jumble…and you wouldn’t notice until you were completely out of clothes to wear. And as you opened the door, a mega-pile of stank clothes would fall on your head. And then, you would have stanky clothes and shoes laying all over the floor (to your surprise, but not really) and you are forced to clean it up. Plus now you are freezing because you have no clothes (that last sentence was just for dramatic effect).

The difference between these two scenarios is total awareness. In both cases, you will end up having to clean up your closet. In the first scenario, you will notice the messy closet before it gets too bad. And in the second scenario, you’ve not only got a mess on your hands but you have to clean immediately because you waited too long.

Friends, our health is the same as that closet. Ayurveda’s foundation is prevention. So let’s working on our health while we catch some of the warning signs (headache, insomnia, constipation, high blood pressure, anxiety, heart burn, etc.,) before it turns into something worse. Ignoring these “pesky” warning signs doesn’t make them go away, rather they will turn in to something much more serious later and then you’ll be in a pickle! So! Right now, start living, eating, and exercising according to your dosha(s). And if you are completely lost, then begin with the daily routine.

We all have a certain amount of mess in our minds, bodies, spirits, and closets ;). Learn to see it, own it, embrace it and start to clean it up. What are some stories of your physical or metaphorical closets? How did you embrace it and change it? :) xoxo!

7 Responses to Embrace Your Messy Closet

  1. Tanya says:

    Right now we are in the midst of clearing our life by shutting down our business because it was too much effort for far too little reward. The “closet” was getting messier and messier. We are refocusing and redirecting our energies into something we actually love to do. The feeling we have now is one of so much more joy we know we have made the right decision even though there is much work involved in wrapping things up.

  2. Erika says:

    How did you know, Monica? I’ve been tackling my messy closets for a few weeks now, one big storage box at a time (lots of donating and tossing out, too). Funny thing is it’s been helping my stress level as well – it’s something from my to-do list that I know I’m taking care of instead of worrying about! Thanks for the reminder about all of the above!

    • Monica says:

      Erika!! What a great comment. Isn’t it true that we feel physically lighter, clearer, less stressed when we clean it all out!? Thank you so much for pointing that out. Donating and tossing it out, move that stuff so that you have room for better stuff OR just enjoy the breezy space it leaves behind :) We need space and clarity. Both in our closets and in our entire being!! They are not separate… :)

  3. Karen says:

    Yikes! I felt anxiety just READING about the messy closet!

  4. Becca says:

    What a great reminder! I forget how much I love the daily routine post! I think I need to get that printed in color… Thank you!

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