Monday, May 23, 2016

Decluttering Challenges

I'm pretty ruthless when it comes to decluttering, but I've also been told I have no emotions so that could be why.

Just kidding. I have emotions. I'm not a monster.

I am just very practical when it comes to stuff. If I don't need or love it, then I generally don't have a problem getting rid of it. And I always keep in mind that things are replaceable.

Decluttering has it's initial challenges, but you don't have to fall victim to them. Face these challenges head on and reclaim your space.

But you're not me, and you might have a little more trouble parting with your stuff. A lot of people do, they either don't know where to start or they find themselves faced with some of these challenges once they truly start examining their clutter.

"I can't get rid of this because it was expensive." 

Items rarely hold their value once purchased (there are exceptions of course), and holding on to something that you no longer use nor love just because it once cost you some  money isn't going to pay you dividends each month.

If it has real value, then try selling it. Wouldn't you rather have a portion of your money + your space back?

"I can't get rid of this because I might need it someday." 

Stop holding on to items because you may or may not use it one day.  Do you really want to turn your home into a storage facility for unlikely what-ifs or rare occasions?

Donate rarely or non-used items. Let someone who will actually use the items give it a deserving home.

And if it turns out you need something later on, remember that almost everything is replaceable.

"I can't get rid of this because it has memories." 

Sentimental items are probably the hardest of all to get rid of. And I don't suggest getting rid of anything that holds true sentimental value. But oftentimes, we end up keeping things out of guilt or obligation and classifying it as sentimental. When it comes to these types of items, you may want to ask yourself a few questions during the process and be really truthful with your answers.

Is the memory really in the item?
Is this truly a memory that I want to hold on to?
If I get rid of the item will I no longer have the memory?
Am I only holding on to this because that is what I think I'm supposed to do?

I personally limited myself to a small 3 gallon box to store some items from my youth, but I was very picky and creative about what I kept to store. Anything else I consider sentimental I display or even use, like my baby blankie.

Sometimes it's as easy as taking a picture of the item to keep and getting rid of the actual item itself.

NOTE: I don't advocate getting rid of anything you're unsure of... yet. If you're truly unsure and hesitating, then give it a little more time and revisit at a later date. Some think that being unsure means you don't need it and you should get rid of it, but I'm the opposite. Unless you have a decluttering deadline, take some time to think about it and do what feels right for you. Just make sure you come back to it later to reevaluate. 

PS. What do you struggle with? I'd love to hear from you in the comments! & follow me on BlogLovin to stay updated on future content. <3