On Overload in Manchester

Hi Joel,

I have a problem with letting things go. My closets, drawers, cupboards, and cabinets are full of things, not to mention the garage and attic. Even things I know I won’t use I have trouble parting with. How can I let things go?

On Overload in Manchester

Dear Overload,

You’re fighting a very common problem. I don’t know how old you are, but many children of parents who lived through the depression and WWII picked up those habits from their parents. That generation dealt with real unavailability of products and rationing, so they saved everything from old rags to hand-me-down toys and clothing, and everything in between. I remember my own mother saving used wrapping paper. But here’s the good news. We live in the greatest country in the world. The shelves of every store are overcrowded with fresh new wonderful items and you deserve them. Learning to let go of things is hard, but tell yourself you’re making room for things you really want instead of settling for things you have. Another good way to ease the pain of letting go is to give it away to a charity. Finally, try emptying out two or three cabinets (you can just move the items to another place in your home). See what it feels like to have a little space. Then after a couple weeks, put back the items you removed. You may just find you really don’t want to overcrowd things again.

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