Every year I am inundated by the sheer volume of Christmas gifts that I purchase and store in my home as I prepare for the big day. Although our family is small, finding space for gifts for 2 young girls, sisters and their families, parents, and aunts and uncles can be quite challenging, especially since Santa is still making trips to our home. Over the years I have tried a lot of solutions that failed. They added to the clutter, blocked tools and equipment in the basement, and probably provided a fire hazard or two. Here's two ideas that are super simple, but have proven to be successful for me:
What are you keeping in your life that does not serve you or your space? Many of us hang onto belongings that clutter and complicate our lives. before really getting involved in the organizing industry, I had a lot of attachments to my stuff. I saved old concert ticket stubs because they were from my first concert. I saved jeans I loved but had not worn...ever...because I might fit into them one day. I saved gifts that I had received from family members that were not even my taste. When I started learning more about the psychology of organizing I realized that many of my own habits were hindering and further cluttering my life. If you are struggling with similar scenarios, you could be experiencing one of the following emotions:
Just like dealing with and overcoming a difficult event in our lives, letting go of stuff can sometimes be very challenging and feel much more complex than it actually is. Some things to keep in mind as you begin to manage and make decisions about your stuff are:
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