Downsizing Hurdles- Excuses

Whether you are ready and eager to start downsizing or you are dragging your heels and dreading the process, there will be some hurdles along the way that can stall your progress. The often-necessary downsizing process is not always an easy one, but you can vault over those hurdles if you know where they are.

Downsizing involves letting go of things. You probably have heard the statement, “If you don’t love it, use it regularly, or have space for it, you probably don’t need to keep it”. That’s great in theory, but when it comes down to actually parting with these things, it can be really hard.  It is easy to come up with excuses to hang on to items. Do you any of these justifications sound familiar to you?

“It was so expensive” – You bought an expensive item and now you need to let it go. You know how much it was worth then and worry that it’s too valuable to let go. You may have gotten the full use out of it or maybe you feel bad that you haven’t really used it at all. Either way keeping items like these will continue to cost you as they take up your precious, limited space. Sharing it with others through sale or donation will greatly benefit others because they will get the continuing value from it.

“I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings”
– Guilt is a big reason for holding on to things. When you receive a gift from someone or inherit a special item, you feel like it would be wrong to get rid of it. However, your responsibility is to be grateful for their kindness and thoughtfulness but not to hold on to it forever. If the giver knew that holding onto this item would hold you back, they would most likely support your decision to give it away.

“It might be valuable” – You hang on to an item because it’s an antique or may gain value with time. Remember that often items have more emotional value to the owners than actual monetary value. For something to be considered valuable, it must be in excellent condition and in demand. The wonderful things from 50 years ago often are no longer in demand and don’t fit the lifestyle of the next generation.

“I don’t want to just toss it” – You want to be responsible when you let go of items. It’s easier to say goodbye to items when you know they are going to be used and appreciated by someone rather than ending up in our landfills. There are many places that would be happy to receive your items and put them to good use or recycle them so they can be used in another form. For more information check out Donate during Pandemic or Don’t Throw it in the Trash.

“I might need it someday” – You fear getting rid of something only to realize a few months or even years later that you might have been able to use it. This is a time to be intentional about what you keep, eliminating the extras kept just in case or for someday. If you haven’t needed it or used it, most likely you never will.

Don’t let these excuses for keeping possessions trip you up. Jump over those hurdles as you downsize and push forward to complete your journey of making your space one that you can truly enjoy.    

© 2021 Beth Giles    

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