Tips to mastering the art of letting go
We, Filipinos have the tendency to hoard things like luxury bags, antiques, and kitchen equipment. We are also prone to keeping stuff for years and years. Unfortunately, overspending and overstocking on things eats up space in the closet and clutters our home. All those racks and piles of stuff really just add a layer of unneeded stress to our lives.
Clutter has been found to overload our minds with too much stimuli, because there’s simply too many things everywhere. This forces our brain to process information that aren’t necessarily important. Clutter also takes away opportunities for alternative uses of the space, especially if you’re living in a small home or apartment.
Decluttering has been gaining attention in the Philippines especially after professional home organiser, Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has created a movement in the world, with it’s one simple rule: keep only the things that spark joy.
So, how do you decide what to keep and what to throw? Which of your belongings will make the cut?
Organize and know when to let go. It’s time to take charge of your own life. You’re the boss and you get to decide what stays and what goes, which of your belongings empower you and which ones are holding you back.
Be objective, and most importantly be firm about your decision. Remember you don’t work for your items, your items work for you. Ask yourself key questions such as:
“Have I actually used it?”
“Do I still have use for this?”
“Does it still fit my lifestyle?.”
“Does it still fit me?”
“Does this item bring me happiness?”
With these questions, you’ll get a clearer picture of which things still deserve a spot inside your room. If any of these questions are answered with a "no,” seriously consider why you might want to hang on to this item. Perhaps this item has served its purpose and it’s time for you to move on to newer, better things.
Throw? Donate? Sell?
You’ve gone through all your possessions and now what do you do with all the junk? The quickest and easiest method is to simply throw them away. Some decisions are a no-brainer – they don’t work anymore or are broken – but as you look through the pile, it pains your heart to see a certain items end up in a landfill.
To make the letting go process easier you might opt to donate your previous possessions to charity, to another family member, or to a friend. Doing this act will make you feel good, but also make the recipient happy as well. But when you stop think about it, you have so much stuff and only so many friends. Would they really appreciate all this stuff you’ve trying to get rid of?
You can consider selling some of these items, especially if they are still in working order. Your once-loved items can now be loved by someone else. You would not only be making someone else happier but you get to turn your pre-loved items into cash.
Here’s another great thing about letting go: you make room for a new adventure. If you’ve sold your things, perhaps you can use the money to buy something that your home or life really needs, such as that getaway you’ve been meaning to take to recharge yourself. Mobile apps like Carousell, an online community cum marketplace, can help sell your pre-loved items in the easiest manner possible. Snap a picture of the item you want to sell, upload it via the app, and voila, you're set. There’s also a whole boatload of great things you can find in the marketplace. Maybe somebody else is looking to offload an item you’ve had your heart set on for the longest time on Carousell and you can barter or exchange goods instead of forking out cash.
Are you finally ready to let go? Let’s do it!