The Importance of Being Ready to Let Go
How do you work up the courage to let some of your belongings go?
If you contact me for hands-on organizing assistance, I will ask you if you’re ready to let go and edit your things.
It’s crucial for you to be in the right frame of mind in order to have a less cluttered, more organized home.
You may not be capable of tackling a large decluttering project because of your current circumstances. Give yourself some time after the death of a loved one before making decisions about stuff.
Get help for untreated depression or other mental health issues.
Wait until you recover from an injury or temporary health crisis. During these periods, your energy will be extra low, decisions will be more difficult and you’ll be more emotional about your things.
If you are ready to let go, even though it feels like a very big deal and frightening, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of success.
Be realistic and set small, consistent decluttering goals. Small goals require 30 minutes or less.
Your successes are a motivating force and it will get easier to part with stuff.
Practice letting go on a weekly basis. Find one or more things to donate, toss or recycle every week.
Don’t agonize or overthink the process.
Will letting go of that one thing you are holding in your hand be all that bad? After it’s dropped off at the donation center, you may never think of it again.
Focus on the benefits: more peace, more space, and more joy.
If you are ready but still struggling, call a professional for help.