There are so many reasons people hold onto clutter and things that no longer serve their home or life. Sometimes it is a “practical” reason, like this is a perfectly good item that can be used for something. Maybe it is a just in case item. Maybe it is something you spent a lot of money on and don’t want to just toss for fear of being wasteful.
Or – maybe it was given to you as a gift, and you are holding onto it out of obligation or guilt, or because of the sentimental feeling you have because someone went out of their way to come up with a thoughtful gift, buy it or make it, and then give it you.
I have totally had these things in my home, and I totally understand where you are coming from. But before we get into how to declutter these things, I want to talk about YOUR intentional home and how you create a space that is YOUR personal haven for living in every day of your life. Literally.
Your home is where you spend most of your time – even if you work full time, are running around to school drop off, running errands, attending sports and extra curriculars. Your home is your hub. It is the place that sets the tone for every other area of your life.
It has the potential to be a place of decompression, relaxation, and retreat. But it can also be just another source of frustration, overwhelm, burden and WORK.
The amount of work in your home, and energy you spend on it is directly related to the things inside of it. Everything from dishes, clothing, toys, trinkets, gadgets, towels, toys.. literally everything. When you have MORE things, you directly have MORE upkeep and work.
And this is where I tell you that you are the gatekeeper of your home, and you have every right to choose what stays, and what goes – and that you CAN do it with grace and ease, and positivity.
Even if it is a thing that was thoughtfully and generously given to you as a gift.