How To Let Go Of Family Clutter

We keep stuff for many reasons. Many times its out of guilt or family obligation. That little voice in our head is telling us that the stuff must stay. Before you know it, our space gets clogged up with stuff we don’t even want.

The worst thing you can do is pack up a relatives stuff and bring it to your home. If you are under a time crunch, to get out of the space, that might be your only option. If you have the time, sort by category. If your time is an issue, then bring someone in to do the sorting. Then you can pick categories that you want to keep, sell, or donate.

Even though it can prove to be a challenge, try and purge a top layer of things. This includes the furniture, old kitchen items, and clothing. If you are doing a house clean out, set up a charity pick up to help clear your home. Pack all pictures and family letters to review at a later date. This will slow you down your process.

Because of sentimental attachments, this process may take a few purges. You want to make sure that you are in a clear state of mind to make decisions.

Here are a few tips to help with the process:

  1. Share- If  there are family items that you don’t want, offer them to other family members.
  2. Evaluate how much space you have in your home to encompass family stuff.
  3. Do you have a use for these items.
  4. Discuss your family items with your parents. What is part of family history? What can go.

I have been down this road with many of my clients and my own family members. Its a challenge but it can be done. Take your time and make good decisions. Remember- you don’t have to keep it all.


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