Many people hold on to their possessions for sentimental reasons and some of us have a hard time letting go of items that once belonged to a family member who passed away. We tend to associate a memory, a feeling or even a person with some of our belongings, however once we realize that the item does not represent the person or moment we are trying to remember, it will get easier to let go.
If you are keeping an item simply because you are afraid of losing the memory, rest assured that you won’t. Let’s for example say that you have been holding on to a piece of furniture just because it once belonged to your parents. You don’t have the room or use for it in your home, but still haven’t been able part with it. Think about what it is costing you in valuable space and anxiety then give yourself permission and let go of the guilt and the item once and for all! Before you do take a picture and create a memory page along with a description of what the piece means to you. This way you will be able to keep a visual reminder, but without the clutter.
As you weigh each piece in your home ask yourself: do I absolutely love it, does it still serve a purpose, and most importantly…is keeping this item worth the clutter and anxiety it causes? Remember that each square foot of living space is a valuable commodity; don’t waste it on something that doesn’t bring you joy or will add to your home’s charm and character.