If you're holding onto something that doesn't make you happy, purge it! Here are the best things to get rid of based on your zodiac sign, according to Christine Schoenwald at YourTango.
Get rid of it!
I have a lot of books, but I used to have a lot more than I do now. A couple of years ago after my job ended, I got rid of a ton of my books. I gave them to the library, I donated them to charity, and I even joined an online swap site. Once I had pared down my book collection, I had room on my bookshelves and there weren't stacks of books everywhere.
There are times when you need to remove something from your life to make it better. Sometimes you can eliminate possessions from your life and other times it can be negative people. Whatever is holding you back in some way or is adding clutter and negativity to your life must be eliminated.
Maybe you don't have too much stuff and have the best people in your life; in that case, you should look inward and try to see what is it in your personality that you need to cut out to live a happier, more rewarding life.
Just like anything, you may not be able to see what's in your life that's affecting it in a negative way. You've probably lived with it for so long that you don't even notice that it can be destructive. Maybe you consider this quality just to be part of you and that removing it would change who you are.
All of us are all constantly changing and growing, and some aspects of ourselves will fall by the wayside. It's crucial to be able to let things go and thereby let the power they have over our lives go as well.
Aries (March 21 — April 19)
Aries, you need to cut out the need for constant change. You don't have to constantly take risks or do challenges; it's more than OK to slow down occasionally and appreciate what you have. You may be an adrenaline junkie, but you have to take some time to recharge and regroup. Sometimes the familiar is exciting, too.
Taurus (April 20 — May 20)
Taurus need to purge all the expired food in their cupboards, especially things like old spices and opened bottles of condiments. Also, get rid of kitchen tools that don't work or that you don't use — pare down your pots and pans.
Once you've cleared that space, you can indulge yourself with some new kitchen appliances and tools. You'll be able to indulge in your love of cooking if you have the finest ingredients and can find what you're looking for easily. If cooking isn't your thing, clean out your closets. When you physically clear out space, you also clear out space in your mind.
Gemini (May 21 — June 20)
Gemini, you need to eliminate that guilt you feel when you don't finish what you started. You have a lot of projects and it's OK to let some go; it won't be the end of the world. Prioritize and excuse yourself from completing those at the bottom of the list. Maybe someday, you'll return to them and finish them up (but probably not). Not finishing something doesn't make you a bad person, it makes you human.
Cancer (June 21 — July 22)
You need to let it go. By "it," we mean people who hurt you in the past, grudges and slights. Move on, Cancer. Dwelling on things that happened a long time ago isn't healthy for you. You have enough in the present to get emotional over and you don't need to rehash the time your ex cheated on you. Focusing on negativity just creates more negativity.
Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22)
You need to eliminate your need for other people to validate you, Leo. Praise is great but you don't need it to survive. Look to yourself for validation. Appreciate yourself and your accomplishments and get rid of that dependency on others for their approval of you.
Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22)
You need to cut out your need to have everything in precise order. Your anal retentiveness is causing you anxiety, Virgo. Why not arrange your books by height rather than alphabetical order? Once you stop being so exacting, you'll be able to loosen up a little which will help your creativity and your nerves.
Libra (Sept. 23 — Oct. 22)
You need to let go of the need to take everything into consideration before you make a decision. Not everything needs to be weighed carefully before you decide, Libra. Try to be more spontaneous and just follow your instincts without considering what your parents will think or how it will affect the neighbourhood. Sometimes it's OK to just get what you want without thinking about anyone else.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 — Nov. 21)
Scorpio, you need to eliminate your constant need to be right. It's not good to sacrifice a relationship or something you love just to win an argument. You aren't weak if you don't always stand your ground; there are times when being flexible is the stronger choice.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 — Dec. 21)
Sagittarius need to get rid of believing that they're the only ones that matter. You tend to think only of yourself and what you're going through. You don't think of yourself as horribly self-centreed but you can be. It's important to take other people and their feelings into consideration. For example, you may need a pick-me-up, but think of how your boyfriend will feel if you flirt with that bartender right in front of him.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 — Jan. 19)
You need to break down some of your walls, Capricorn. You think people are out to get you so you put up barriers so you won't get hurt. The problem is that you're not just keeping the mean people out, you're keeping everybody from getting close to you. Let down your guard and you'll be surprised how many people genuinely care about and love you.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18)
You need to get rid of the idea that you must be contrary for no reason. You think if you don't buck up from time to time, people will think that you're a pushover. You don't have to act like an assh*le just so that people won't take advantage of you, Aquarius. You don't have to make a fuss just to show how independent and strong you are.
Pisces (Feb. 19 — March 20)
You need to purge your self-doubt right out of your head, Pisces. When you're constantly doubting yourself, it undercuts your decisions and makes you too dependent on others for your self-esteem and self-confidence. Listen to the voice in your head that affirms how awesome you are, not the one that tells you that you're nothing.
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