It seemed they were everywhere. No matter where I drove, there were public storage units for rent. Curious to what extent this obsession with possessions encompassed, I researched and learned there are more self-storage units in the United States than all the McDonalds and Starbucks combined. The 2018 figures claim the annual self-storage revenue in the United States is $36,000,000,000. Now, that’s a lot of Big Mac’s and Caffe Lattes!

Really, what could we possibly hoard to run up a bill like that? It made me think of my favorite slogan, Let go and let God, and I wondered how many of us stockpile damaging emotional clutter. What price does that mental overload cost our brain health?

Step 5 of the 12-Steps encourages us to admit the exact nature of our wrongs. And admitting our shortcomings to ourselves is the first step of letting go and letting God.

No longer should pride, fear, or shame, dupe us into storying envy, anger, regrets, grievances, bitterness, painful past experiences, and other debilitating baggage.

Together, let’s take the first step, make a path, and see beyond the rows of emotional clutter.

It’s time we get rid of the smelly dark secrets, the old garbage we’ve been storing all these years.

No more rent to pay—no more wasted space in our spirits.

If you are owning past hurts and grievances this may be the time to let go.

To help with the process, the following points and video may clear your mind and help purge you from storing pass offenses. Could your clutter represent …

  1. A life you want to hold on to?
  2. A life not fully lived.
  3. Fear of a life not fully lived.
  4. Fear of forgetting a life you are living here and now.

A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go, A right time to rip out and another to mend (Ecclesiastes 3:6 MSG).