This can be a hard decision. There are reasons why this is hard.
- Hanging onto items because you paid a lot of money for them?
- Feeling like you have to keep gifts that were given to you even though you don’t use or love them?
- Holding onto those treasures that once belonged to your loved ones out of a feeling of responsibility and guilt?
I hear comments from my peeps like these a lot.
“I paid a lot of $ for this, how do I let it go”.
We are not likely going to get the same amount of money that we paid for something. Instead of letting it go, we tend to hang on to the item like we have strings attached to it. Even though we are not using it or even planning to use it we just cannot seem to let it go. There could be a feeling of failure or guilt about the object especially if we have never used it. It feels wasteful and we think that we “should” be able to get $ for the thing. The reality is likely we are not. The thing is we all make mistakes. It’s okay, we are human. We can accept that we made a mistake and move on from it.
Do a little research and see if others are selling a similar item. What are they selling the item for and more importantly, what are they actually getting for it? Is it really worth your time and energy to try to get the amount that you believe the item to be worth? Have you tried to sell an item only to realize you spent a lot of time and you still have the object. Maybe it’s time to part with the thing.
“I cannot let go of this gift that was given to me by my friend, what if she comes over and I do not have it out on display or her feelings get hurt”?
Gifts are given with good intention from the giver, however, once a gift is given, it is an exchange of energy that is now up to the person who has the gift to do whatever they want with it. Gifts do not have to be kept forever! Would the gift giver want you to struggle with this decision about keeping this gift or not. It’s really okay to re-gift too as long as you remember where the gift came from and you do it discreetly.
“I cannot part with these items that my mom loved so much. I feel like I won’t be honouring her memory by letting them go”.
Do you feel like you are the responsible one who needs to be the keeper of things? Were you told by a loved one that these items will be worth something “someday”. Maybe you were told that you “should” never get rid of these items. Oh my!! Well, things have changed! Your life has changed! These heirlooms or other items are likely not going to be as valuable as you think. Are you afraid of forgetting or dishonouring your loved one? There are ways to honour your precious memories without keeping everything. Your memories of your loved ones are in your heart, not in their belongings.
Remember: “You do not need to clog up your home with things that you do not use or do not love”
What do you think? Are you able to let go of items like this? It is okay to donate these items to someone who will be able to love and use them. Do you need some encouragement? Hop on a call with me here and I can help.