I think it’s a given when I say that many people have emotional issues with their stuff. The reactions or issues won’t be the same but EMOTION is a common theme which can hold them back from the process of decluttering.
These emotions may be based on situations such as:
- The item has sentimental value
- The item symbolises a dream you’ve always had
- You paid good money for the item
- The clutter is so bad, where do you start?
With the right help and guidance, you can break these emotional chains which will help you make those informed decisions of whether to let something go or not.
Here are a few things you might like to consider based on these emotions.
- If an item has sentimental value then why is it stuffed at the back of the cupboard? Display it proudly but if you don’t, then maybe it isn’t as precious as your think!
- I used to love sewing and would buy material all the time until I realised that all the unfinished attempts were not getting finished. I realised I was living in a hopeful dream and spending too much money. I let it all go and felt a sense of freedom!
- Once you spend money on something, the money is gone. Keeping an item because you paid a lot of money for it will not bring the money back, it will just add to your clutter. Forgive yourself for spending the money and let it go.
- Clutter is overwhelming which makes us feel that we don’t even want to start however, breaking it down into smaller, bit sized chunks will make things more doable or, seek professional help.
Once these emotional chains are broken, you can get on with living the life you want without having your stuff hold you back.
Let me leave you with this quote…
“Under the influence of clutter, we may underestimate how much time we’re giving to the less important stuff” – Zoe Kim