From time to time, we need to brave the bulk of things that have accumulated in our homes and take a big step into the world of decluttering. We all have a storage room that is full of things—whether we need them or not! Although it may be easier to just shove the boxes to the back of the closest or garage, close the door, and never look at it again, this mindset isn’t healthy.

In life, we need to find time to evaluate what is taking space in our storage, both physically and emotionally. Only then can we truly make space for better things, also both physically and emotionally.

When the time comes to finally rummage through all those boxes, bins, drawers, and cabinets, most of us find it challenging to actually let stuff go. Whether you’re just doing some mandatory spring cleaning, downsizing, or moving houses, going through your clutter is an inevitable task. We’ve all encountered the difficulties of letting go of some of our stuff, no matter how big or small. Because let’s admit it, letting go is never easy. However, when it comes to material things, you can always give it to someone else who can put it to better use.

If you’ve been wondering what the cause is of your reluctance to let go of things, then we’re here to get to the bottom of it.

A garage full of things

Sentimental Value

One of the main reasons that holds us back from decluttering is the sentimental value attached to objects. The hat you bought during your first trip to Disneyland, the old T-shirt that you wore on your first date would certainly hold sentimental value that could send you back to those happy memories by just looking at them.

If you really can’t let go of something without bawling your eyes out, then you better keep it for memories’ sake. However, if it’s something that’s already damaged and no longer usable, it’s likely just taking up space that you could use for other things. In situations like this, it’s advisable to take a photo of it and keep a scrapbook of memories instead. Remember, good memories should be attached to people, rather than things alone.

Monetary Value

Another reason that prevents you from decluttering and organizing is the monetary value of things. It’s only natural that you would feel guilty to a certain extent when something cost you a lot of money. You may think that keeping it even if you don’t need it anymore would help you get your money’s worth, but honestly, it doesn’t. If you got to put this expensive item to good use during the times that you needed it, then you already got your money back. The space you need in your home is more valuable right now.

What If You Need It Again In The Future?

Most of us can relate to this fear. Although a tough one to beat, it is not impossible.

You know those old textbooks you still have lying around or that box of Halloween costumes that you used in high school? Or how about that skateboard that you purchased ages ago, but never found time to use? These are all things that we could donate, but instead, we’ve been hoarding them with the thought of probably needing them in the future.

If you stick to this dangerous mindset, you run the risk of having your house piled with things that you will never use. If you find it difficult to part ways with these objects, just keep telling yourself that someone else could put them to better use.

We Don’t Make Time For It

Finally, we find it challenging to let go of stuff because we never make the conscious choice to actually get the chore done. It’s understandable that we are all immersed in a world that demands our constant attention. We all have families, friends, careers, and hobbies that need our time. In between all that lovely chaos, we need to find the time to sleep, eat, and shower too! It’s truly exhausting, yet invigorating.

Although we’re all caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, our homes need our love and attention as well. Make time for the space in your home. When you downsize, you make space for the things that truly matter.

A messy closet

Need Help Letting Go?

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