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Day 18 of 30 Day Clutter-Free Countdown - Quote about Decluttering

Decluttering Tip of the Day

Examine sentiment. Curate your belongings.

Sentimental things can be really hard to get rid of. We’re taught by our society or our families that THINGS hold great importance, that objects are the keepers of memories or emotions.

But take a lesson from museums – not every piece of stuff from history is preserved and displayed. Instead, they’re carefully curated into a representative collection of the most special, beautiful, and meaningful stuff. If museums didn’t curate effectively, no one would want to visit because it would look like a garage sale gone totally wrong. No one would be able to enjoy or learn from the important objects. Instead, it would be like digging through a bargain bin of overstock in a warehouse store.

But decluttering sentimental items is easier said than done, I know. So what can you do?

Ask yourself why the item feels important to you.

Does it make you remember a specific happy moment in your life? Does it remind you of a person you love who you don’t get to see very much anymore, or who has died? Do you just love the object because you always have?

These are great reasons to keep special things. But make them special by clearing room for them, by getting rid of less-special things. This way, you’ll be able to use them, to enjoy them daily, to display them.

Often there are things that we keep out of obligation.

Maybe it’s been in our family for generations (but maybe we have no idea where it came from, what the backstory is, or any sort of information about why it’s important), so we default to keeping it. Another is “it was given to me by so-and-so,” but please remember, the person is not in the gift. And the gift was in the giving, in the thought behind it. It’s true that “it’s the thought that counts.”

You have no obligation to the item, and if you don’t love, use, or want to keep it, feel free to let it go.

Sometimes objects seem precious just because they were around in our lives during a certain time period. But just because a certain lamp was in your family’s living room when you were younger, or a particular tablecloth was often on your dining table doesn’t mean that those things are special or trigger any sort of memories.

Maybe your parents just wanted a light fixture, or they wanted to protect the table from spills, you know?

Examine your sentiments, and determine what is truly the most important stuff.

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