• Liz Wanless


1. It was Expensive
2. It was a Gift
3. It might Fit Me Again

The quickest way to create big results in your home is to declutter. Your clothes is the best place to start when you're ready to declutter and organize. The guiding rule is easier said then done; if you don't love it, lose it. This means that if you don’t use an item regularly and don’t find joy in it, you should donate it or give it to a friend that will make good use of it. By only owning the essentials, your home will become tidy and spacious with minimal effort.

Solution: Let them go with Gratitude

This is straight out of the Marie Kondo book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up". Often we hold onto things out of guilt because they were expensive or were gifts, or because we used to love them.

Kondo’s advice is to be grateful for their service, because they’ve filled a role in your life. Acknowledge their contribution; “Thank you for giving me joy when I bought you”; “Thank you for teaching me what doesn’t suit me” then let them go with gratitude.

Gifts can sometimes carry a little more guilt in parting and if seems easier to just let it sit quietly in the closet or drawers for another few years. More from the Kondo pages; "Presents are not 'things' but a means for conveying someone's feelings. When viewed from this perspective, you don't need to feel guilty when parting with a gift. Of course it would be ideal if you could use it with joy. But surely the person who gave it to you doesn't want you to use it out of a sense of obligation, or to put it away without using it, only to feel guilt every time you see it."

Let me know if you found these tips helpful in getting started on letting go of those more difficult items.


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