Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights that is one of the most popular festivals of India. the festival symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated.
Diwali is not only a festival to burn candles, burst firecrackers, eat sweets, meet and offer gifts to loved ones but it’s also a festival to declutter your life. During this festival, every year thousands of Indians take this time to give their homes a makeover.
The decluttering also means donating the old and unwanted stuff to those who are in need. Your old stuff might become someone’s news gift. There are a lot of NGOs that collect old stuff and distribute them to less fortunate people in villages or cities. You can Google such a non-profit organization near your home.
Goonj is one such organization that is present all over India. They accept all sorts of old stuff and distribute them to the rural parts of India. Another such organization is Green Yatra in Mumbai. I am sure you can find one near your home regardless of which country you live in
Our environment undoubtedly affects our mood. If our surroundings stress us out, take up headspace, or make day-to-day living harder than it needs to be, we feel the impact. Reducing the clutter in our lives allows us to tackle stress which benefits our mental health.
When we’ve sorted something out we gain a sense of achievement and a feeling of control. We can also feel lighter and more optimistic. Decluttering can provide more tangible rewards too. If you regift unwanted items to your local charity shop, you get that lovely warm feeling inside.
Life offers enough stress! Please don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. The only thing you should be doing is being kind. After all, Diwali is all about being good and kind, to yourself and others.