As a wise woman once said, "Let it go. Let it go." While this wise woman may have been a fictional character, Disney was seriously on to something. So no we’re not talking about a break up with a boyfriend or a girlfriend, but we might as well be. We all hold onto things because of the sentimental value it has. Whether it be something your mom gave you or an item to remind you of the good ole’ days. No joke, I held onto a spring break t-shirt way longer than I’m willing to admit. The thing is, it’s time we give ourselves permission to let go of the clutter and make space for the things that really matter in life. The things that are happening now. If Elsa can do it, so can you.
By all means if there is something you love so much that it brings you joy everytime you open your closet. Then keep it. That’s not what this is about. But for the rest of the items that we’re holding onto for no other reason than the feeling of guilt. It’s time to move on. Here’s two ways to help you get started:
TAKE A PICTURE
Ever heard the phrase, “take a picture, it last longer.” In this case it’s kind of true. If the only reason you’re holding onto an item is because you want to remember it. It’s time to snap a photo and throw that sucker into the cloud. Be creative with your photos. Store them in a special folder online or create a gallery wall of honor. Whatever it may be, there’s a better way to remember a gift than storing it in an attic or hiding in in a closet.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME
Letting go can be hard. If you’re not quite ready, try packing the item away for a period of time. This is your litmus test. If you don’t miss it after a season, then give yourself permission to give it away. Talk it out with a friend that will hold you accountable.
When you're doing something rather intimidating that you don't normally do, it’s going to be hard. So ask yourself, what's holding you back? What do you have to give yourself permission to do?