… or, damaged or stained. If you keep telling yourself that you’ll fix the item, can you do what is necessary right now, as your daily 15-minute task? If you need to take it somewhere, can you at least move the item into the car? If the item (or items) have been lingering long enough to acquire a layer of dust, maybe it’s time to admit that you won’t be fixing the item.
Have you already replaced it? Then you definitely don’t have to fix it. And, if you haven’t replaced the item and you’ve been without it for a while, is it something that you can do without?
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Take a walk through your garden and notice any embellishments that are damaged, rusted, faded, or otherwise looking shabby.
If the item has become a distraction instead of an ornamentation, it may be time to release it. Also, do you have some items that you don’t have displayed? (Perhaps they are tucked into the corner of your shed.) If you feel the item(s) don’t help accentuate your garden or yard, or you no longer like them, you aren’t obligated to hold onto them.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: get rid of something you don’t like.
I know, you just need to sew that hem or replace the switch on that lamp; but, you haven’t. I’m not suggesting that you are lazy or disorganized. Perhaps, just perhaps, you know, deep down, that you have no intention of doing this task.
You don’t find it interesting, but you feel that if you say you intend on fixing this object, that you are putting in some effort. Right?
You have permission to toss the item. If you have the components that will allow you to fix the item, then use your fifteen minutes of decluttering time toward working on this project.
However, if you know that you won’t do this, toss the damaged item.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.