It can sometimes be easier to help someone else than take care of ourselves. When we see someone in distress, we might feel compassionate enough to help this person through their difficulty. We can find ourselves rising to the occasion. It happened for a lot of people when there was recently the big earthquake in Japan.
What if you were a separate person and you came upon yourself in the midst of your clutter situation? In what kind ways would you help and encourage letting go of the things that are no longer serving you? Compassion is a powerful motivator. It's in us. It's okay to use it for ourselves too.
When we feel tired, confused, frustrated, we can start to rely on our hearts to open up, step in, and start to bring some relief. Even though a part of us is saying, "I don't know where to start?" or "I don't think I can do this," we can pick an area and start to sort out the things we don't need anymore from what we do need. We can begin to remove what no longer fits our life.
By allowing and encouraging self-compassion, we begin to wake up dormant abilities. The caring inspires creative solutions. It becomes a natural thing for us to take care of ourselves.