3 Tips For Decluttering When You Can’t Seem to Let Go

Some items need a little more time and attention

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1. Sold it

I had this set of Lina Inverse and chibi Gourry Gabriev figures from Slayers, a Japanese anime I discovered around 2001, that have been with me for almost 20 years. I paid a premium for the set when I was in college and kept them in the package for at least half that time.

2. Gave it to someone who would appreciate it

A few of my friends and family have similar taste, so I was able to give some of my items to someone in my network.

3. Rehomed it within my home

If you’re decluttering to move towards a minimalist lifestyle, keeping extraneous items may not be the obvious choice, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to reinvigorate a few possessions. For example, I had 2 Buddha statues that were given to me as gifts that my friends all declined. They originally lived on my meditation altar, but that has been out of commission for some time, so they seemed a bit homeless.

Closing thoughts

I didn’t use these methods with all of my belongings, but I found them very effective for the items that gave me pause. And granted, not all of the items I was holding on to made a profit or found a new home nearby, but taking extra time with the items that were more meaningful helped me declutter without fear of regret.

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