[This is day 9 in 31 day series called 31 days to an Organized Home. If your new here, welcome. Please leave a comment to say "hi!"]
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In yesterday's post I shared this famous quote by William Morris:
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful"But most of us have things in our homes that we don't use or love. Things we can't let go of. Here are a few of the things that you and I may be needlessly hanging on to:
The things we were given as gifts. The people who give you gifts do so because they love you and want to bless you. If the gift is no longer a blessing, part with it. A gift giver with any tact will never ask about it. If they do, tell them honestly that you no longer needed it and passed it along to somebody who did. That doesn't sound to painful, does it?
The things that we paid too much money for to part with. This happens to me with shoes. I spend sixty bucks on a fabulous pair of shoes only to discover that they hurt my feet. I don't wear them, but I don't want to part with them because I haven't gotten my sixty dollars worth out of them. But truth is, I never will. Part with items that are just taking up space. Keeping those shoes won't bring back my sixty bucks.
The things we think we ought to have. Don't eat toast? Go ahead and ditch the toaster. I know everybody has a toaster, but you don't need one.
The things we fear we may need some day. I've donated duplicates of things before only to have the first one break shortly thereafter. I survived. I bought a new one. Don't waste time digging through things you may possibly need someday while looking for the things you do need today.
The things we are saving for our kids. Do save somethings. Save favorite toys and samplings of their artwork. Save mementos from your own childhood. Save lots of pictures. Just don't save everything. Don't let the special things lose their meaning surrounded by the ordinary. Don't pass your junk on to your kids.
Give yourself permission to let go of the things that aren't helping you to build an extraordinary life. You and I aren't here on this earth to amass a home full of meaningless junk and earthly treasures.
And while you're at it, give yourself permission to keep the things that matter to you. Keep the things you use to live and serve, love and create. Keep the things that inspire and delight. Keep the things that remind you of past seasons of your life or that fill you with excitement for the future. Keep these things without reservation or guilt.
And if you need a little extra incentive to let go of the clutter, read this post here by a fellow 31 dayer.