Here is the fourth reason I believe many people can’t stay clutter free. I’m going to post one of these a day so maybe after you read each one you can evaluate yourself and your home to see if any of these relate to you.
- At some point we all have to address the sentimental items someone we love has passed onto us. Whether it’s an antique salt and pepper shaker or a 13 piece solid oak dining set we have to process through these items to see if they fit in our life right now. If they don’t they become clutter. Sure we can hold onto things to see if we might need them someday, we can rent a storage to put stuff in until we have the time to go through it, or we can even try to cram it into our own homes. All of the above options lead to one cluttered space full of sentimental items. Does that sound like a space you want to come home to everyday? You need to ask yourself two questions:
- Are these items actually sentimental to you or do you think the person giving them to you thought they were and you ended up with the item?
(If you so you are in no way obligated to keep the item).
- Does this item fit into your life, physical space, and emotional space right now? (Even if the items are sentimental to you if they don’t fit in your life right now it’s okay to find them a better home.)