According to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the underlying reason for finding it difficult to let go of clutter is because we begin to tie objects with our self-worth. Instead of viewing seemingly worthless things as “yours”, you begin to view them as part of “you”. When this happens, people begin to gather “sentimental clutter” and find it incredibly hard to get rid off except when family or friends intervene.
In this blog, we’ll share a few helpful tips for people that find it hard to get rid of clutter:
Assess True Value
A lot – or almost all – of the clutter we collect is of little value; the trick lies in convincing our brains. It’s important to ask yourself why you’re so attached to the object. It’ll usually be because of an association you created with a place, person or moment in which case the memory is more important rather than the physical object.
Escape the Guilt
It’s not the nostalgia or love that makes people hold onto clutter, instead its guilt. Unless you cheated on someone or committed theft, guilt is a fairly useless emotion to possess. Feeling guilty about letting go of clutter achieves nothing and only ends up ruining your day. Because no matter how much guilt you feel when parting ways with your childhood drawings, they’re still pretty useless.
Donate What You Don’t Need
If you happen to receive your grandparents’ clothes or trinkets after their death, you may feel the need to preserve and treat them with respect. While those might be nice sentiments to have, those clothes will serve a far better purpose if donated to a charity or a homeless shelter.
Technology has come a long way, use it!
People often store large stacks of old photographs and documents forgetting. Thanks to digital storage, an immense database of photos and documents can be scanned and stored in tiny USBs or uploaded to the internet. In case you’re particularly fond of your aunt’s old dress, you can always take a couple of pictures while getting rid of clothes you know you’ll never wear.
Find another unsuspecting victim!
If the thought of having the family’s heirlooms pass onto a stranger’s hands is difficult to imagine, then ask around and see any family members or relatives are willing to accept them before you throw them out.
Keeping a mountain of clutter in your home helps no one and might cause you to end up facing embarrassment when your friends come over. Fortunately for you, Junk Call is a residential junk removal company in Orange County. They are just a phone call away and help take all the clutter of your hands leaving your home clean and dirt-free! Contact us today for more information.