13 Reasons You Struggle to Declutter & How to Overcome Them

13 Reasons You Struggle to Declutter & How to Overcome Them

There are many reasons you might struggle to declutter. In today’s post, you’ll learn 13 of the most common reasons people struggle to declutter. And what to do to overcome them so they don’t hold you back from creating a clutter-free home you love!

Taking the leap and decluttering your home can often be a little scary or overwhelming. But the benefits of decluttering are completely worth the time and effort required. Decluttering and simplifying your home will give you time, space and freedom to live life on your own terms.

If you are struggling to declutter, sometimes the best approach is to figure out why you are struggling. Oftentimes, once you know exactly why you are struggling, it becomes easier to move past it and clear the clutter.

Use this list to help get to the root of why you struggle to declutter. And learn how to overcome these obstacles so you can declutter with confidence, clarity and ease.

13 Reasons You Struggle to Declutter & How to Overcome Them
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13 Reasons You Struggle to Declutter & How to Overcome Them

1. Keeping items “just in case”

This is a big reason many people struggle to declutter. You have things you don’t use or love but keep “just in case” you need it sometime in the future. Or worry if you get rid of the item, you’ll need it down the road and regret getting rid of it.

It can be easy to talk yourself into keeping almost anything “just in case”. Then, before you know it your house is full of things you don’t use or love, but keep “just in case”.

How to overcome this:

First, try to honestly think about a specific and realistic time or event you’d need the item. If you can’t think of one, let the item go! If you have thought of a time or event you could use the item, how realistic is it? If you aren’t currently using or loving the item, what makes you think you’ll use or love it in the future?

Often, simply being realistic and honest when thinking through a “just in case” scenario is enough to help you overcome just in case fears.

It’s also good to remember that often if a scenario does come up where you could use a “just in case” item, you either forget you have it, can’t find it or find a suitable alternative to use anyway.

If you’re worried about regretting decluttering an item, there will likely be very few things you’ll regret getting rid of. If you aren’t using or loving it now, you most likely won’t use or love it in the future either. Most of the stuff you declutter you won’t even remember after a week or two!

Even if there is the odd thing or two you wish you kept, it’s not worth keeping a house full of clutter “just in case” you may need one or two things one day. To me, the cost of maybe needing to re-buy the odd thing in the future is worth it to have a clutter-free home now.

2. Keeping items to use “someday”

Another reason many people struggle to declutter is keeping things you plan to use “someday”. You usually have good intentions of using the item, but often never get around to it.

How to overcome this:

Again, be realistic and honest with yourself about how likely you are to actually use the item.

If you are convinced you will use it, give yourself a deadline. Put a reminder in your calendar, and if you haven’t used the item by the deadline, get rid of it.

3. Feeling guilty for wasting money by getting rid of things you spent a lot of money on

Many people struggle to declutter things when you know you spent a lot of money on them and now feel guilty about wasting money.

How to overcome this:

Remind yourself that the money is already spent. Holding on to the item won’t get your money back. If the item isn’t adding value to your life, it shouldn’t stay in your home. Let it go and let go of the burden, guilt, clutter and stress it adds to your life.

Then the next time you are shopping, use your decluttering experience as a lesson to help you shop more thoughtfully and intentionally.

4. Feeling wasteful getting rid of perfectly good items

Another reason you might struggle to declutter is feeling wasteful getting rid of something still in perfectly good and usable condition.

How to overcome this:

If you aren’t using or loving an item, it is no longer useful to you. It isn’t adding value to your life, so it shouldn’t be in your home. Get rid of it, either donating it or selling it, so someone else can use or love it.

Only keep things that add value to your life, either because they are useful right now or they make you happy.

5. Feeling guilty or obligated to keep an item

Sometimes you struggle to declutter because you feel guilty getting rid of an item or feel obligated to keep it.

Maybe the item was a gift so you feel guilty getting rid of it. Or maybe it is a family heirloom you feel obligated to keep.

How to overcome this:

Remember this is your home and you get to decide what you allow to stay in it. Only keep things that add value to your life or are important to you. Don’t let feelings of guilt or obligation force you to keep your home cluttered.

Remind yourself that gifts are given to show love. When given a gift, you appreciate the gift and the intention behind it and express your gratitude to the giver.

After that, what you decide to do with the gift is up to you. If it turns out to be something you aren’t using or loving, get rid of it. Remember the gift already served its purpose as an expression of love for you from the giver.

If it’s a family heirloom you feel obligated to keep, think about who is making you feel that way. Explain to the person you are decluttering and no longer want to keep the item. Offer the item to them if they think it’s important to keep.

But remember, if they don’t want it in their home, they can’t expect you to keep it in yours. If it is not important, useful or valuable to you, let it go!

6. Struggling to let go of sentimental items

Decluttering sentimental items is one of the most common reasons people struggle to declutter. It’s easy to attach emotions and memories to sentimental items, making it hard to let them go.

How to overcome this:

First, remind yourself that your memories are not in the physical item itself. Your memories are in your mind and your heart. They will always be there, whether you keep the item or not.

There are many ways to help you declutter sentimental items.

Sometimes taking a picture of the item is enough to help you be able to let go of the item itself. You might find ways to use or repurpose sentimental items so you can use and appreciate them every day.

And for sentimental items you’re keeping, give yourself a clearly defined space limit to store them. This is an excellent way to help you be more ruthless when deciding which items are most important to keep.

7. It’s something you used in the past and letting go is hard

Sometimes letting go of things you used to use or love in the past, but no longer use or love, can be difficult.

These items could be things like old baby gear, items left over from a past career or hobby, etc. Whatever it is, sometimes you struggle to declutter things from your past because it’s hard to let go of that part of your life.

How to overcome this:

The best way to overcome this struggle to declutter is to face it. Take a moment to sit with the way you are feeling. Oftentimes, taking a moment to acknowledge and sit with whatever you’re feeling helps you process those feelings, move past them and let the item go.

Letting go of the past can be hard. But allowing your home to be full of clutter from the past makes it difficult to live in the present. Let go of the past and make time and space to enjoy new moments and create new memories.

8. Having lots of stuff makes you feel safe and secure

Sometimes you struggle to declutter because having a lot of stuff makes you feel safe and secure. Decluttering and getting rid of stuff makes you worry you won’t have enough when you need it.

This scarcity mindset keeps you hanging on to things, even if you don’t use or love them. Because they give you a sense of security.

How to overcome this:

Decluttering doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything. It simply means getting rid of anything you don’t use or love. Creating more time, space and freedom to enjoy the things, people and activities that add value to your life.

Too much stuff actually burdens you and adds more stress to your life. Once you begin decluttering, you start to realize you don’t need as much as you think to live a full, happy and complete life.

9. Thinking a clutter-free home will be boring

There’s a common misconception that a clutter-free home will be stark, uninviting, or even boring. And this extreme version of minimalism can make you feel hesitant to ruthlessly declutter.

How to overcome this:

Remember, decluttering and simplifying doesn’t mean getting rid of everything you own. And it doesn’t mean you need to live in an all white house with no personality. Your version of minimalism can look however you want it to. It can be as unique and as personal as you are!

Having a home filled with clutter doesn’t bring you more happiness or add more personality to your space. A cluttered home can actually end up causing you more stress.

When decluttering, you can still keep the things you use, love, and make you happy. You simply get rid of the excess so you can highlight and enjoy the things you do use, love and enjoy more.

10. Thinking you need to organize when really you need to declutter

It’s easy to think you just need to organize more or better, and that will solve your clutter issues. You think if you have the right baskets, containers and system to get organized, then your home won’t feel cluttered.

How to overcome this:

Organizing is not the answer. Organizing stuff you don’t use, need or love wastes your time, space, energy and money! And it doesn’t solve the root of your clutter problem. Eventually, the stuff you carefully organize will make its way out of your baskets, containers and systems and clutter your home again.

The only solution is to get to the root of the problem – that you simply have too much stuff. Get rid of the stuff you don’t use, need or love, and you’ll never have to deal with it again.

And the bonus is, setting up and maintaining an organizational system is so much easier when you have less stuff. In fact, after decluttering, you won’t even need to spend much time organizing. You’ll likely easily have space for everything, and organizing becomes significantly easier.

11. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work to declutter or not even knowing where to start

Decluttering your whole house is a lot of work – physically, emotionally and mentally. It can feel overwhelming at times.

Or maybe you don’t even know where to start and are feeling defeated.

How to overcome this:

Usually, when facing a big job, like decluttering your whole house, the more you procrastinate doing it, the more overwhelming and stressful it becomes in your mind. One of the best ways to beat the overwhelm is to just dive in and get started. Pick a small, easy area to declutter and just start!

The more you declutter and get rid of, the more motivation, momentum and confidence you’ll gain to keep going.

Take baby steps, and declutter one small area, like one drawer or cupboard, at a time. And remember, progress is progress. Start small and work at decluttering a little bit every day. Over time, those small steps will add up to big decluttering results!

It can be helpful to make a decluttering plan to help keep you on track and motivated, especially if you start to feel overwhelmed.

Or check out my complete decluttering guide, Your Clutter-Free Home. It gives you a full decluttering plan, including room-by-room decluttering checklists to make the process as easy as possible!

Your Clutter-Free Home: decluttering guide & checklists

There are even ways to make decluttering more fun. Helping it go from something you dread to something you begin to enjoy!

12. Feeling like you don’t have time to declutter

Life can be busy. Sometimes you want to declutter and start living with less, but are struggling to find the time.

How to overcome this:

The good news is you can easily declutter even if you are busy and short on time.

You don’t have to declutter everything all at once or spend hours at a time decluttering. Be diligent about using small pockets of time to declutter, even five or ten minutes a day. Over time you will begin to see big results from these small decluttering sessions.

Spend a few minutes a day quickly and efficiently decluttering and over time, your efforts will add up.

Another great way to declutter when you’re busy is to keep an eye out for things to get rid of as you go about your day. When you come across something you don’t use, need or love, add it to your decluttering box rather than putting it away or letting it stay in your home. If you do this every day, you’ll soon start to see results.

13. Not knowing what to do with the stuff you’re decluttering

One of the biggest reasons many people struggle to declutter is not knowing what to do with the stuff you’re getting rid of.

How to overcome this:

Before you begin decluttering, plan what you’ll do with the stuff you’re getting rid of. There are three general options for what to do with the stuff you are decluttering – garbage, donate or sell.

The first option is to throw away or recycle anything broken, damaged beyond repair or simply garbage.

The second option is to donate items still in good, usable condition. Many places accept donations of clothes and gently used household items. Find a donation center in your area that you feel good about donating to. Find out their donation policies (what they accept, when they accept donations, etc.). Then you’ll know exactly what to do with items you’re decluttering when the time comes.

The third option is to sell items. You can sell used items on online auction sites, on buy/sell websites and groups, or even host a garage sale. Find out what’s available in your area so you know your options when you find something you’d like to sell.

A quick note about selling items:

I recommend being strategic about what you try and sell. Selling items takes a lot of time. You need to take pictures, post items, correspond with buyers, arrange pick-ups, account for people who don’t show up, set up and run a yard sale, etc. This can significantly slow down your decluttering progress.

Rather than trying to sell everything you’re decluttering, maybe only try to sell the larger or higher value items. And remember, just because you paid a lot of money for something, doesn’t mean it’s still worth a lot of money.

Everyone’s situation is different, but sometimes it’s better to make faster decluttering progress than worry about trying to sell items.

Acknowledging why you struggle to declutter is important

These are some most common reasons people struggle to declutter. Often, once you acknowledge what is holding you back from letting go of stuff you neither use nor love, it’s a lot easier to overcome these decluttering obstacles.

What is your biggest struggle to declutter? Leave a comment below and let me know!

13 Reasons You Struggle to Declutter & How to Overcome Them
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  1. Oh, the guilt of getting rid of everything my mother buys me… she’s a collector and buys me so much junk that I don’t even want or like and I feel like it’s okay to get rid of after a certain amount of time passes… even though I wanna throw it all out immediately.

    1. It can be hard to let go of things people who are important to us have given us. Just remember that it’s your home, space and time, and you get to decide what fills it. Thanks for reading and I hope the post was helpful for you!

    1. Yes, I think a lot of us struggle with keeping things “just in case” and struggling to let go of sentimental items. I’m glad you found the post helpful. Doing some decluttering before the holidays is a great idea. Thanks for reading!

  2. This is a great list of reasons people hold on to clutter that is weighing them down. I can relate to many of them! I think my biggest challenge is letting go of items that I used to use but don’t anymore. This leads to thinking I will use the item again “someday.” There is definitely overlap in the reasons you listed above!

    You also listed some great tips to try to overcome these obstacles. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Tara, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Yes, I completely agree. Sometimes one reason we struggle to declutter leads to another reason we use to talk ourselves into keeping stuff. But often once I realize why I’m struggling to let go of something, and logically think my way through it, it’s a lot easier to let things go. Thanks for reading and sharing your insights!

  3. Wow, all of these reasons hit really close to home for me! Except #9 – when we moved into our apartment and before the moving truck came, all we had were camp chairs and inflatable beds in the apartment. All 5 of us agree that we liked it a lot better before all of our “stuff” arrived!

    1. I’m glad to hear you could relate to the post Kiersten. I know exactly what you mean about enjoying life without your stuff sometimes. That’s one of the reasons I love travelling and staying in a hotel. It’s so simple and you only have the basics, but it’s always enough. Thanks for reading and for sharing your insights!

  4. Great tips! I have a rule that if I haven’t touched something in 6 months, I may not touch it for another 6 months and there it should probably be tossed away. Used to be a major hoarder but I love doing routine “spring cleaning” every few months!

    1. Thanks Aileen! And thanks for sharing your decluttering strategy, that’s a great way to gauge if you want to keep something or not. Regularly decluttering is a great way to stay on top of clutter. Thanks for reading and for sharing your tips!

    1. I’m glad to hear you could relate to these Rachael. And yes, sometimes we don’t even realize why we struggle to declutter. But once you know what’s holding you back, it’s easier to move past it. Thanks for reading!

  5. Perfect timing on this. My husband is helping my in-laws move from their home of 40+ years, and their house if full of clutter. I keep telling him that we can’t let the same thing happen to us. Definitely sharing this with him!

    1. I’m glad this post came at the right time for you Christine. It’s definitely important to think about decluttering now so you don’t burden your family members with your clutter when you are older. I hope your husband finds it helpful as well. Good luck with the decluttering and thank you for reading!

  6. This is great and normally I agree with you. Last year I got rid of 3-4 pair of jeans that I felt I was never going to get back in to – it had been at least 4 years since I wore them. I have SUCH a hard time finding jeans that fit. Finally last spring, even the jeans that fit me were getting tight so I decided to do something about it. Well…it worked. Now they’re all too big and I SO desperately wish I hadn’t gotten rid of those others. I really don’t feel like spending the time or honestly money on new jeans. So bummed…but oh well…I guess you never know. I thought it was the right choice at the time. Now if I could get rid of some other stuff.

    1. This does happen occasionally Gina, where you declutter something and then could have used it later. But I like to think of it this way: I would rather have decluttered a whole bunch of stuff I wasn’t using or loving from my house, and given myself a lot more time, space and freedom because of it, even if there ends up being the odd item here or there I wish I kept. As opposed to living with a cluttered home or closet and having to deal with the burden of having too much stuff and clutter I’m neither using nor loving, just so I don’t get rid of anything I’ll wish I kept. I hope that makes sense! That’s how I like to think about it to avoid hanging on to things “just in case”. Thanks for reading and sharing your experience. And congrats on you weight loss!

  7. This post is so good. I’m really addicted to your blog! I just began my minimalist and decluttering journey a few months ago and it has truly been eye opening for me! This post describes a lot of what I’ve been learning! The one thing that hadn’t clicked was where you mention that we think organizing will solve the problem. I have gotten rid of a ton of stuff already but we are still dealing with clutter. I think that means I need to go through the stuff yet again and get rid of more! Thank you so much for this post!

    1. Thanks, Julia! I’m so happy to hear you’re finding my blog helpful! I do find when you are more towards the beginning of your minimalism and decluttering journey, it’s pretty common to feel like you’re getting rid of a lot. But then realize you still have too much and do another round of decluttering and find more that you are willing and able to let go of. It’s a process and the more you get rid of, the more you are able to see what you really do use and love and what you don’t. I still find even now as I do my maintenance decluttering sessions in my house, there are always things I’m able to get rid of now that I had previously kept. Either our needs or our season of life has changed. Or I realize we just don’t need or use it after all. Our homes will always get messy at times – we live in them after all! But the more you declutter the more you’ll notice the messes are things you actually use and love, not just “stuff” you don’t even use or need. If that makes sense! Thanks for reading, I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying my blog!

  8. Thank you for the great article. I can relate in so many ways. I hate to throw out anything still slightly usable, and I hold onto things from my past. I don’t nesseceraly have a problem getting rid of something, as long as I know it is going to a new home! I am disabled, and things tend to pile up, making it even harder to declutter. It gets me so upset when someone says they are going to help me “throw out my junk”, because to me, it is not junk!

    1. It can be difficult for sure finding a balance between decluttering and avoiding being wasteful. I like to remind myself that my time and space are valuable and anything I want to keep needs to earn it’s keep in my home in order to be allowed to stay and take up some of my time and space. Another great way to keep the amount of clutter down is to be very careful about what you allow into your home in the first place. If you are very intentional about what you allow into your home, making sure you only allow things that will be used or loved, it can help keep the amount of decluttering your need to do down as well. Thank you for reading and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  9. One of my challenges is reserving physical, mental, & emotional energy for declutter time.

    It’s hard not to let others drain any or all of these energy sources. If they do, my mind is distracted by what someone did or said that uspset me which drains my energy.

    I have improved on reserving the physical energy, but still struggle with keeping the distracting & draining mental & emotional noise in my head quiet.

    Any tips on keeping my mental & emotional focus on the task of decluttering?

    Thank you,
    Distracted & Drained

    1. You’re absolutely right – decluttering can be a physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting job. One tip I have is to declutter in little chunks of time if you’re feeling overwhelmed or drained. For example, plan to declutter for 15 minutes every day. Work as quickly as you can so you make the most of your time. But I find when you work in smaller chunks of time it’s easier to stay focused and work hard for that short burst. And if you do this consistently, you’ll start to see the results of your efforts in no time. I hope that helps. Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have more questions!

  10. Hi Melissa. This was really helpful! It sure makes you think. I’ve been decluttering everything I own for the past three years now. And I’m still going. I never feel that I’m finished. I had tried out the Kohnmarie method, and it went great! But somehow I haven’t achieved that “click moment” when I’m supposed to feel I’m done decluttering. This month I’ve gathered five garbage bags full of clothes and after I’ve read this now I have two more! I wish I could just find the right amount of stuff. In my case Clothes are the most difficult to get rid of… but I’ll keep reading this pointers since they’re really helpful! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Wow! It sounds like you’re making amazing progress, good for you!! I think although you will likely get to a place where you feel satisfied with the amount of stuff in your home, decluttering is still an ongoing process. Things find their way into our home, our needs and tastes change, the season of life we’re in changes, etc. I think once you are finished with the heavy work of decluttering, there are still smaller decluttering sessions that need to be done to maintain your space. Another important thing to remember is that the more you declutter, the easier it is to let go of things. You may find yourself willing and able to let go of more each time you do another round of decluttering. But I think it sounds like you’re making awesome progress, keep it up! Thanks for reading and sharing your experience!

  11. I don’t have trouble getting rid of clothing my biggest challenge is getting rid of cooking pans and baking dishes and some crystal glasses I’ve had forever and silverware and silver pieces that were expensive in a suggestions as to how to eliminate these treasures?

    1. Special items and pricey items can be tricky for sure. One suggestion I have is to decide how much space in your home you’d like to dedicate to those items. Give yourself a clear limit, then start by choosing your favourite pieces to keep. If you have a limited amount of space you’ve decided on, it can help you be more ruthless. Another idea is to try packing some of those items up and putting them out of sight for a while. Put a reminder in your calendar to come back to them in 1 to 3 months. Sometimes giving yourself some time and space away from the items makes it easier to see you don’t use or love them as much as you thought. Try these ideas and see how it goes. If you’re still struggling, let me know. I’m happy to help! Thanks for reading and happy decluttering 🙂

  12. Nice article! I did quite a lot of decluttering already (clothes, kitchen stuff, décor articles, sentimental items, books). Sometimes it takes time, especially for books because I tend to re-read them before I decide if they stay or go, sometimes it’s completely evident, like those clothes I was given that don’t really fit or are uncomfortable. I also found ways to wear those clothes I couldn’t get myself to part with but didn’t wear, so that’s great!

    There’s one point I have trouble with that isn’t mentioned in your article: I have several sorts of baking dishes I all use more or less often when I bake – I for example have regular muffin forms, but also some that make stars and hearts and flowers… It’s cute and I like them, but they also take up space and need to be packed away when I move. So I somewhat would like to have less of these items, but at the same time I can’t get myself to part with them.
    Any tips on how to declutter on items that you like and use but don’t really need?

    1. It sounds like you’re doing great with your decluttering, Kat! I love hearing about all the ways you are able to be intentional when deciding what to do with your clothes, books, etc.

      To answer your question, I totally understand why those types of items are difficult to decide what to do with. They are fun but take up a lot of space. My best advice would be to try to keep track of how often you use them. Then decide if that amount of use is worth it for you to justify the space they take up. There’s no right or wrong answer, of course, it’ll completely be a personal decision based on your space requirements, preferences and needs. But sometimes when I’ve tracked how often (or how occasionally) I use something, it helps me make a more practical decision about whether I use it enough to justify keeping it.

      And of course, keep in mind, decluttering and simplifying doesn’t mean getting rid of things you use and enjoy. It’s about getting rid of the things you don’t use or love so you have time and space to enjoy the things you do love. If These muffin pans make you happy, you use them and enjoy them – it’s ok to keep them! The key is to honestly assess what adds value to your life and what doesn’t – then get rid of anything that doesn’t.

      I hope that helps! Thanks for reading 🙂

  13. Thank you for lightening up my load and giving me inspiration to get started.Im downsizing again and it’s been such a struggle.God bless you.

    1. You’re so welcome, Joanne! I’m happy to be able to help! Check back tomorrow for my newest post all about how to get – and stay! – motivated to declutter. It might help you as well. Thanks for reading and good luck as you continue decluttering 🙂

  14. Great post! I would say that many of the reasons you listed are my struggles for decluttering… the biggest one is being overwhelmed. I get inspired to declutter and then I just feel like it’s just too much on top of everything else that needs to be done. I really should set aside 10 minutes here and there… baby steps.

    1. Yes, I think that’s a really common challenge when it comes to decluttering. But just like you said, when you feel that way, try decluttering for 10 minutes at a time. It takes the pressure off and makes it feel more manageable and less overwhelming. Thanks for reading!

  15. I really needed to declutter, but its kinda hard for me, because the space is too small. But when Ive read this, I think, I can apply this. Thank you for sharing some tips!

  16. Wow. This is the best decluttering piece I have ever read. I love how you dissected all the why’s and how’s, so the the the clutter beast actually seems tameable. Thank you very much 🙂

  17. I’m having trouble decluttering and getting rid of things that mean a lot to me is that I once sold my beloved saddle and bridle. It still makes me tear up when I think about them. I don’t want to create more situations of sadness for myself. I don’t know how to overcome that.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that, Sherry. I can totally understand why that would make decluttering challenging for you. My suggestion would be try using a “maybe box” for things you’re unsure about decluttering. Put them in a box, seal it and put it somewhere out of sight for 1 to 3 months. Set a reminder in your phone for that time. Then when the reminder goes, if you haven’t needed, wanted or even thought about the items in your maybe box, you will feel more confident getting rid of them. I like to think of the maybe box as a decluttering safety net. It lets you be more ruthless with your decluttering decisions without the fear that you’ll regret getting rid of something later. I hope that helps. Thanks for reading!

  18. I’m in the process of moving to a much smaller place from a four bedroom 3 bath room home to one bedroom studio. I’m having problems with having 4 of alot of one item around the whole house. I want to keep only one of them, but still need to get to the others to pick and keep only the best one. How do I do this with getting skattered as I go room by room. This is by far the best site I’ve found on this subject. Also I have allot of small items to sort. What is the best way to sort them? Thank you so much for your help.

    1. Thank you so much, Denise. I’m glad you’re finding my site helpful! My advice for the items located in multiple areas of your house would be to give yourself a holding zone somewhere in your house. As you come across items you know you have more of that you want to choose your favourite and let go of the rest, collect them in the holding area. Then when you’ve found all the items, go through them all and decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

      As far as the small items, I would do the same. Gather them all up in one spot, then go through them keeping your favourites or the appropriate amount for your new space and let go of the rest. I hope this helps. Thanks for reading!

  19. Where has this gem been hidden all my life as a mother?! Today, as I was reading this article, I just happened to have a visitor whose extended family have been blessed with a new baby. Out went almost all of my daughter’s baby clothes that have been kept stacked up in her cupboards for 10 years now. But, when I heard of this new baby girl, I just knew that she was the one who will be using all my daughter’s baby clothes. Now as I’m reading the rest of the article, I see hope of going through quite a large number of items and slowly letting go of them all.
    So, here’s a heart-felt thankyou !

    1. This is so wonderful to hear! Good for you for letting go of the baby clothes. I’m sure they will be used, loved and appreciated in their new home. Thank you so much for reading and for sharing your kind words!

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