Attachment to Possessions
Whether it’s sentimental items given to you by a loved one or belongings tied to memories of significant life events, letting go feels like you’re cutting off a part of yourself. This emotional weight makes it challenging to decide what to keep and what to discard leading to procrastination and avoidance.
Re-frame how you think about your possessions. Rather than defining yourself by your belongings, focus on the experiences and memories they represent. Be grateful for the role these items played in your life, but remember they aren’t your memory, they’re just things. Your memories are in your head and heart and you still have them without the things. Set specific criteria BEFORE beginning regarding what you plan to keep. This helps prevent emotions taking over. Base your criteria on an item’s usefulness, practicality, and joy.
~ If everything’s special, then nothing’s special. Keep only the best of the best.
~ You don’t have to keep everything related to an event. It’s OK to keep just a few related mementos.
~ Museums don’t have room to keep everything so they curate. They keep only representative pieces to tell a story. Be like a museum.
~ Take a picture of special items you’re releasing. Keep pictures in a ‘Memories’ folder on your phone or have them put in a photo book such as Shutterfly.
Fear of Making Mistakes
You worry that you’ll regret discarding something useful or sentimental, leading to feelings of guilt or loss. Fear of making mistakes paralyzes you, causing you to cling to items “just in case” or to avoid decluttering altogether.