At one point, I had three handmade snowmen ornaments sitting in gift bags just in case a neighbor or an acquaintance appeared at my door with a holiday gift. I’ve heard from other people who keep candles, scarves, chocolates, and other gifts on hand just in case they needed something. Do you do this? If so, do you keep these items in one location so that you can keep track of them or are they wherever you found space to tuck them away?
Have you ever decluttered a closet and found items that you weren’t really certain if you bought to give or if you received the items? Although we can feel a moment of awkwardness when the neighbor appears with a bottle of wine, we can always reciprocate on another day … and save ourselves the stash just-in-case gifts.
If this task doesn't apply to you - Release an item that you received as a gift that you've kept out of feelings of obligation.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.