Decluttering Tips For The Emotionally Attached
Decluttering is a process that many avoid because they don’t know where to begin. Detaching from our belongings isn’t always easy and for many, a very emotional time. My approach – easy does it but do it! Here are some decluttering tips to help you avoid the frustration typically associated with this life changing experience.
1) Is the item broken? If yes, is it worth fixing? If yes, fix it.
If not, throw it away.
2) Does the item belong to someone else? If yes, return it.
3) Does the item have negative associations? If yes, does it have value? If yes, donate or sell it.
If no, do you like it? If yes, do you use it regularly? If yes, keep it.
4) Do I wear the items? If yes, how often? If the answer is once a year or longer, it may be time do donate or consign it. Try removing a piece of clothing for every piece you add to your wardrobe
I used to save things with the intention of using them one day. I found that items were piling up, and there wasn’t any enjoyment in that. What would happen if these items were lost forever? Maybe I would wish that they were put to good use, perhaps not. We acquire things because they make us feel a certain way and to enjoy them, not to watch them collect dust on a shelf. Try using something you have been saving for a while. You might enjoy it more now than you would if it was used when you first acquired it.
Organization skills are learned and by implementing the above plan into your life your days of stockpiling for the future are numbered. Here is a link to a great book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo. I am intrigued by her simple philosophy and unique approach.
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe