Decluttering should be a simple process – put away, give away, or throw away. But for many of us, living up to the less-is-more way of life is harder than expected. Let’s talk about some of the most nagging thoughts we get while trying to declutter our homes and offices, and how to conquer our decluttering fears once and for all.
#1 Decluttering Fear: Having to Buy It Again
Have you ever tried to throw something away but end up stopping yourself because you are afraid you may need it someday? Face this fear by asking yourself how much you use something in your daily life. It is likely, that you own more things than you actually use. For instance, it’s not necessary to have a particular gardening tool in your shed if you only use it a couple of times a year. Don’t keep multiples of things in case you lose one. If you really need something, just buy one and trust yourself that you won’t be losing it. Better still, rather than buying, just borrow a power tool or anything you only use once in a blue moon.
#2 Decluttering Fear: Letting Go of a Fond Memory
Have you ever gotten emotionally attached to an object in order to remember a fond memory of the past? This is understandable but it also leads to clutter. If something really brings back fond memories, just take a picture of it. This way rather than stuffing that teddy bear in a box, you can actually share that fond memory with others whenever they point at the picture on the wall.
#3 Decluttering Fear: Others Not Appreciating Your Stuff
One of the great things about decluttering is that you get to choose where your unwanted stuff goes. Donate your clothes and other items to the local homeless shelter, retirement home, or hospital, where you know it is going to be appreciated. It makes letting go so much easier when you know your stuff is helping someone less fortunate.
#4 Decluttering Fear: Not Having Anything to Pass On
Let’s be honest here. Your kids do not want your boxes of stuff. If you have older kids, ask them if they would like anything you are getting rid of. Don’t be offended if they don’t want anything. Give it away to someone who will really appreciate it.
#5 Decluttering Fear: Wasted Money
One of the most common reasons people end up keeping things stacked in boxes in the attic, and under the bed, is because they are afraid of having wasted money on stuff they are now having to give away. It’s best to let it go, and be more careful with what you spend your hard-earned money on in the future.
Conquer Your Decluttering Fears Once and For All
Few people realize this, but clutter comes with a price tag. Those who have trouble “letting go” will find themselves needing larger rooms, bigger closets and extra storage space, all of which is going to cost you a pretty penny. On the flipside, adopting a “use it or lose it” attitude will not only improve your quality of living but will also free up space for the stuff you do need. At the end of the day, decluttering is a personal journey. It’s hard to achieve if you don’t know where you’re going. Before you start decluttering, give some serious thought to what it is you really want. Whatever that is, remember, you deserve it, and you are more than capable of achieving it.