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How Could I Ever Part with That?????
(Learning how to let your “Stuff” go…)

If you have ever asked yourself, “How could I ever part with that?”, then read on……

First of all, remember it has taken many years to acquire all of the items now sharing your space. If you have an attic, a basement or a garage, there is most likely “stuff” that you have stored because you have not been willing to let it go. Why is that?  Let’s look at three of many possible reasons…..

So It Has Been In Your Family For Years….

Think about how you came to have that piece of furniture, those three sets of china, the serving bowl your grandmother coveted but you have never used.

Ask yourself these questions:

If you haven’t used the item in over a year, then it might not be a necessity to keep. If you look at the item and think it is the ugliest pattern you have ever seen, then you might not want to hold onto it. If you are not using or looking at the item and think, “I haven’t used this because I never liked it, knew what to do with it, found it comfortable, etc.,  but it has been in my family for years”…then it is time to let go of the guilt and the item. Donate, Sell or Gift it to someone who will really enjoy it. You will uncover more space and find an added sense of well being.

If you do feel joy from using or seeing the item, then keep it!!

So, You Paid A Lot Of Money For It.

Let’s not make light of money spent, however, let’s also admit we do not always make good investments….

Ask yourself these questions:

You might find that you loved it then and actually did get a lot of use out of it. However, that was then and this is now. Ask yourself if it continues to have a useful purpose to you. If not, let it go and, again, donate, sell or gift it to someone who will use it and enjoy it.

If you find it does still serve a purpose and you still love it, then keep it!

It Was A Gift From A Friend, Relative or Business Associate.

Keep in mind that people choose gifts for many reasons. They do not always think of the person for whom the gift is meant, and, in fact, oftentimes, it is an opportunity to pass on a gift they themselves didn’t want or use.

Ask yourself these questions:

If you remember the person and/or occasion fondly but do not like the item, then it is time to let it go, release yourself from the guilt, dust collected and donate, sell or gift the item. Remember one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

In all of these instances, if you feel some sort of sentimentality or feel like you just don’t want to forget what that item represented to another part of your life but you really have no need to have it use up space now, then take a photo of it and make a memory album to keep!

Some of you might have grown up in The Depression and a knee jerk reaction is to hold onto everything.

Ask yourself, does it serve you well to:

Help Others as You Help Yourself by:

This is your chance to take charge of your life and your home instead of allowing the “stuff” to be in control of you.

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