My decluttering journey has been far from easy! But over the years, I’ve learned a few things about letting go, which I’m going to share in this story.
These items are tough to declutter; sadly, I have much firsthand experience with this. One thing that really helped me was thinking about the legacy I want to leave for my own family.
When I’m gone, I want my memory to be a celebration of life. I don’t want them to feel weighed down or burdened, especially by something as unimportant as a physical object. If you agree, use this perspective to help you let go of the sentimental clutter.
What do a report you wrote in high school, a brochure from a work trip abroad, and a coaster from your favourite nightclub have in common? These items tell stories about our identity.
If you can relate, practising self-acceptance and creating rituals that allow space for closure may help. The way forward involved a journaling exercise that allowed me to grieve that path I never took while also expressing gratitude for the one I’m on.
Not all sentimental items are a pleasant walk down memory lane. Sometimes we experience strong negative emotions, such as guilt or regret.
When this happens, you might be keeping your clutter as a way of punishing yourself. Do what you can to make amends and forgive yourself for the past. I encourage you to view decluttering as a tool for healing.