As you’ve walked around the storage area you’re decluttering, have you had thoughts about stuff that you’ve been avoiding? Maybe you have boxes that you haven’t opened since your move (years ago). Or, you have boxes of stuff from your grandparents’ or parents’ home that you keep telling yourself that you’ll go through someday. Or, maybe, you threw stuff in boxes to clean the house for a party or for guests and you never returned to the items.
Chances are that you may be making this task more difficult simply by imagining what’s in these boxes. Today, open a box that you haven’t looked inside for years.
Are you elated to rediscover these items or baffled as to why you felt you needed to hold onto them? Empty the contents of one box and simply look at the stuff if you aren’t in the mental space to make decisions about these things.
Return the items to the box, or toss, whatever you feel comfortable doing. Looking at the contents of just one of these boxes can help you see that what you think you’re storing and what you actually are keeping might have nothing in common.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I help people focus on what's important to them by guiding them through clearing clutter and distractions from their lives. I teach decluttering and organizing skills through articles; books; courses; speaking engagements; as well as virtual coaching sessions.