The things we hold on to are just things.
Things may spark memories, but those memories live on in our minds. Things may remind us of people, but they are not those people. Things may remind us of the past, but they are not the past.
Things no longer used become clutter. Clutter is not healthy. Clutter clogs up a home as well as your mind. To be sure you don’t forget, try photographing things that remind you of the past. Pictures take up much less space than the items. Print the photos and keep them in an album.
When you let go of the clutter, you free up space in your home and in your mind. Clutter affects your brain.
Once clutter gets out of hand, it’s overwhelming to think of clearing it out. Don’t try to tackle it from start to finish without stopping. You’ll burn yourself out. Set small goals and work on it for short periods of time every day. Just 15-30 minutes at a time can make a difference before you know it.
Getting rid of things is freeing … and gives you more space!