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Why Is It So Hard To Get Rid Of Stuff?

Why is it so hard to get rid of stuff?  Even if you keep it organized, is the stuff necessary to keep or is it more of an emotional attachment that keeps it looming in our basement?

We hang onto more stuff than we ever really need, and it’s usually tied to hope or fear.  Hope that one day you will be able to use it again or fear that if you let it go you may need it again and not have it.  Regardless which category you fall into, you will feel lighter in your mental and physical space when you release those items beyond your home.

Tip #1:  Set a goal and 3 steps to get you there.  If you have an end goal in mind you can create small steps to get you where you want to be.  For example, if you feel overwhelmed with your closet, take a step back and look (or take pictures to help see it better).  What do you dream of it being?   Create better systems for storing off–season clothing or better placement of the daily go-to items?  Write down all the categories you have or need in your closet and determine what needs to change to solve the problem.  If you are stacking clothes on top of a basket, then determine what items need to go and an arrangement that works better for you.  Are you hoping to fit into an outfit and holding onto it?  Would you do better if you had open shelves or closed drawers?

Tip #2: Ask yourself if you would buy it today?  Do you love it?  If the answer is no, then move it along.   It may not seem like a big deal, but if you wouldn’t repurchase the item or love it, then you won’t miss it and you will be freed from the emotional baggage it brings without you knowing until its removed from that space.

Tip #3:   Choose another family, non-profit or organization that you can donate to that you truly believe in.  This will help you feel as though you are helping meet someone else’s needs with something you do not need.  It always helps move things along when you are fulfilling a greater purpose and will free up energy in your day-to-day rhythm.

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