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The thing they don't teach you about decluttering

Updated: Jan 15

When I started decluttering there were parts that were easy and then there were the emotionally charged stuff. I figured out a lot about decluttering by reading blogs and watching videos but the one thing I didn't hear talked about was the emotional stuff.

I'm going to say something that's going to make some people mad but here it goes: picking up an item to see if you like it or not does NOT help when there is a ton of mixed emotions behind it. Yep. I said it.

So this is what I figured out. You can do all the basics of decluttering and get a lot of the clutter out of your house but you can not use the same techniques to clear away the emotionally charged techniques. Because those items need way more time and attention so you can decide if you want to have it or not.

When you are decluttering the emotionally charged items, you are going to need to journal or talk it out with someone who is very neutral on the subject. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

Is this who I am? Does this represent me? Does this represent who I was or who I am now?

What is my story around this item? Is there family or cultural significance? Did I want to have it? Did I feel like I had to take it? Was I asked to have it or was it just given to me with the expectation that I would be in charge of it? What would it feel like to let go of it? Would keeping it feel good or would it feel like a heavy obligation?

Let me know if you try this and how it goes in the comments below.

If this is where you are with your decluttering journey and want to try this out with me - I am offering a free 15 min session via Zoom to go over one item to see if you want to keep it or not. Click here to message me if interested.

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