You may have items in your home that have a lot of sentiment attached. They do not serve any purpose, and may not fit into your current life. But you hold onto them anyway. Year after year, they lurk in the depths of your closet, at the bottom of a storage box, or collecting dust on display. You just can’t quite let go of these items – though they present an inconvenience. There is further incentive to remove these items: research shows that clutter has an impact on our moods, making us more stressed. So what is there to do with these memories you just can’t throw away?
1. Seeing it through fresh eyes
You may have gotten used to how things are, and can’t find the right approach to making them different. If your valuables have always been stored in the same place, you get used to that, even if that place is inconvenient. After a trip away, however, things may present themselves in a new light. If you are returning from a holiday, look at your house through fresh eyes. While you were gone, did you miss the items that take up space in your home? Or perhaps it is time to get rid of them, refreshing your space. It can be hard to let go. Read on for ways to make the decision easier.
2. Get a second opinion
We all have that friend who tell us their thoughts in an honest and considered way. Or at least, one who may help steer us in the right direction. Invite them over and sort through your items together. Ask for their advice on whether something should stay or go. Their point of view may help you realise which items are truly worth holding onto, and which are only taking up space.
3. Give it away
Can the item be recycled? Would it make somebody else happy? Soft toys can be gifted to children. Clothes can be donated. Small knick-knacks can be sold at flea markets, or given away to someone who has more space and wants to decorate. You can even re-work them into new items, changing them into something that will fit with your current decor.
4. Memories will stick