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  • Writer's pictureKatie Frantz

Words of Wisdom

“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or drawer that you have forgotten its existence?”

Now,  there’s some real truth right there.

Letting go is no easy task,  especially when we come across items of strong sentimental value, so here are some tips that may help that process…

Letting Go Tips

  1.  Focus less on ‘getting rid’ of items and more on ‘what to keep’ items.

  2. Ask questions to gain clarity, like ‘When did I use or wear this last?’ ‘If it was buried in a box for all this time, is it still useful in my life?’ ‘Is it still worth taking up precious space in my home?’

  3. Learn to separate the tangible item from the memory or person it is attached to. Just because it’s no longer in your home, does not mean the memory or love for that person is lost.

  4. Letting go of items that don’t serve you fully is not shameful or showing ungratefulness. Letting go means opening more space in your life for the things you love. 

  5. If you’re struggling with an item, be kind to yourself. Have a temporary holding space, such as a box or bin to hold the item for a specific period of time (2 weeks or so). Store it out of sight and see if it’s an item you still use and think about often.

  6. If taking an item(s) to a donation center is difficult for you, delegate that task to a friend or family member, or find a place you’re excited to donate to, such as a family in need, a school, church, or homeless shelter.

  7. Lastly, remind yourself that the items you want to surround yourself with are items you love and use. Items in your life serve a meaningful purpose and have a home.

Life’s too short to live with clutter. It’s time to surround yourself with what you really love!

-Katie  Owner/Certified Professional Organizer Your Simply Home LLC.


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