Have you ever considered what would happen if you only put food in to your refrigerator, but never took any out? If you never ate anything, or threw anything spoiled away? Eventually, that fridge would be so full that the door wouldn’t close, and there would be a rotten odor throughout your house as well.
This is exactly how you treat your life when you never take the time to clean out the old, before taking on new responsibilities. Take a moment right now to open the door on the refrigerator of your life.
Fruits and Vegetables
The produce in your fridge is all those good intentions that you really intended to make good on, but just never got around to implementing. There might be a few that you can turn into soup, but for the most part, once the produce is wilted, it’s time to throw it out and start fresh.
The Leftovers are the bits and pieces of unfinished projects in your life – personal, business, home improvement, hobby – that you intend to finish someday. Take each of them out and look for signs of mold. Throw out anything that is past its prime or no longer serves you. Keep the leftovers that still smell fresh, that still appeal to you. Give yourself full permission to toss out the rest.
Condiments add flavor to life, they are life’s little extras, like hobbies and entertainment. We have a tendency to put these condiments into our lives and then forget about them. It’s important to take them out periodically and check their expiration dates. As you take each one out of the fridge, take a moment to appreciate why you like this particular condiment. If you find that you no longer like its flavor, toss it out. There are always new condiments at the store for you to try.
Check out the freezer too, for old ideas and thoughts that you put away for some other time. Pull everything out and check the labels. Some of your frozen food is probably past its prime and it’s time to toss it, but you might discover a gem hidden in the deep freeze that you forgot about. Now might be the perfect time to defrost one of these ideas.
Once you have thrown out all of the “food” that was past its expiration date, take a look at what is left. Just because it is still edible doesn’t mean that you have to be the one to eat it – donate usable ‘food’ to others who may use what you don’t want. Make sure you keep only the food that serves you well and nourishes you.
Clean out the fridge of your life regularly and you will always have room for fresh, new, and exciting things in your life.