• Lahni Carney

Why You Should Feel Totally Normal Getting Rid Of Things

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

We have to limit the number of items in our homes

It is important for us to limit the number of items in our homes, because too many items lead to an increase in stress and clutter.

By having too many items in our home it can make us feel overwhelmed, frantic, and quite frankly like we just can't get a handle of our things.

Ask yourself a question: how many items in my home do I really use frequently, or find joy in? 

The answer is probably only a few or a handful of items throughout your home, when the average American household has about 300,000 items.

Limit the number of items in your home to the things that actually bring you joy and happiness, and try to reduce the clutter in your home and in your mind.

You get to decide what you keep -- it's your home and your sanctuary

You are the master of your domain, and you get to make the decisions about what lives there.

If there are items that you have had for a long time that you haven't been using and you're pretty sure you won't be using anytime soon, it's time to get rid of them and someone else may be able to make use out of them.

You control your home and items in it, so it can be liberating to reduce the amount of clutter and actually make it into a place that you love to relax in, rather than it feeling like a storage unit.

If it's just taking up space... do you really need it?

Have you ever looked around your home, and noticed how many things or items are just taking up space?

Do you really need four different waffle irons, or should you just save your favorite one and donate or sell the rest?

It's easy for us to just keep adding items and clutter into our homes --accumulation is natural when you've lived in the same home (and with the same people!) for a long time.

There are several strategies you can try out to help keep your house clear of the clutter. Some people like the "one in, one out" method. Every time you buy something new, try to donate or gift something you haven't used in a while.

Some people like to time themselves and organize or purge for a certain amount of time (I've heard of the 17 minute method), so they are always are of the things they have in their homes.

The major part of why clutter has become such a big stressor is because when it gets out of control, it can feel overwhelming -- many of my clients complain they just don't know where to start.

You are not going to hurt people when getting rid of gifts or unused items

When you get rid of gifts that you got from family or friends, you aren't doing it to hurt those people. You are doing it to regain order in your home, and reduce stress and feel mental clarity.

By having less things in our homes we feel as if we are lighter, and it can give us a sense of freedom. 

By owning less stuff and having less clutter, this can help us reduce stress, and make us feel less burdened and overwhelmed.

This is important so we can focus on the crucial things in life, rather than trying to organize at home with 300,000 items.

Feeling sad or sentimental when getting rid of items is normal

We all have good memories when you inevitably find that box of high school memorabilia, or that feeling of nostalgia that make us feel attached, but it's important to find new ways to enjoy your memories instead of storing them in a dusty box in the attic.

It can be difficult to get rid of these items that bring about thoughts of happy memories, but the memories that we have of them are what is important.

Many of our clients ask us how they can keep memorabilia or what we would suggest about how to store it.</