Reducing organizing anxiety

Everyone experiences some level of anxiety about getting rid of, or as I prefer to think of it, letting go of things. The reasons are as varied as the individuals:

“I might need it some time.”

“It was a gift.”

“I spent a lot of money on it.”

Letting go of things that you don’t or will likely never use is a process. Here are some Outside In Organizer tips for reducing your anxiety about decluttering:

TIP #1: If it’s in disrepair and more costly to fix than replace, discard it. TIP #2: It you have duplicates, donate or sell some of the items. TIP #3: Get a bag or box and find any 5 items that you are able to let go of (perishable trash doesn’t count, just get rid of it), just experience letting go. Over time, begin including items that are more difficult to let go of. TIP #4: Give something that you don’t use or haven’t used in a year or more, but find difficult to part with, to a worthy charity such as Hospice or Goodwill. My clients find it easier to let go if it’s going to someone in need.