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How To Clean Your Storage Area.Tackle Christmas Decorations

It's never easy to throw away things especially if they have sentimental value. And you shouldn't feel obligated to do so if it makes you feel stressed out.

However, if you need extra storage space or are buried underneath a mountain of crap, one way to get busy is to tackle your clean-up, one box at a time.

I'm helping my Mom who's in her late 70s get cleaned up with the expectation that in the next couple of years they may want to sell the house.

So today we worked on Christmas decorations.

One of the best criteria for keep or toss was...

1. Do you love it?

2. Did someone make it?

3. Was it given to you by someone special?

4. On the fence about giving it away? Can you give it to someone else?

5. Still can't part with it? Take a picture and preserve the memory

This santa is a bit worn. But somehow it feels like Christmas to me. I can picture it somewhere in my Mom's kitchen. It's a Christmas card holder. So it's kind of useful. My Mom is ready to give it up. But then I'm thinking it should come home with me.

But I'm not a junk collector either. I don't like to have to store things. So I take a picture. I go back and forth on card holder Santa. It's well loved. It may even be from back in the 60s. She tells me it was a gift from my Auntie Heidi. So that's the clincher. For now, it'll enjoy at least one more Christmas with me. It's kind of like a hip little Mad Men Santa, don't you think. Stylin'

So I guess that's Tip number 6. Get your daughter to take some family treasures home so you won't have to part with it, just yet.

How are you about de-junking?

+Decluttering +Clean-up

Photo Source: Adrienne Jenkins

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Scorpie wrote on August 1, 2014, 8:39 PM

I suppress the guilt by giving it to others rather than throwing it away. A large shipping box is a great way to get rid of stuff. Mail it to someone!

AdrienneJenkins wrote on August 1, 2014, 9:05 PM

Scorpie Yes, mailing it to someone that's another cool option.

nbaquero wrote on August 1, 2014, 10:13 PM

AdrienneJenkins Well I am so bad a getting rid of stuff, I keep many things because I believe I can use them later, or at least until my daughter grows up and can take some of that stuff with her.

PS. Your tags are using a + sign instead of # sign. The same happens to me very often.

LoudMan wrote on August 1, 2014, 11:09 PM

I'm the opposite. I often wonder what it would be like to actually keep something. And, why you never enter my contest?

allen0187 wrote on August 2, 2014, 12:32 AM

I'm bad at keeping stuff. I always give out stuff away, sometimes to charitable institutions, other times to friends and relatives.

MegL wrote on August 2, 2014, 3:30 AM

Giving junk to someone else in your family is NOT getting rid of it, it's just passing the junk on along with guilt that makes the person feel they HAVE to keep it. You have a photo of it, you can put that in an album and that will allow you to keep your memories.

Ellis wrote on August 2, 2014, 9:38 AM

Ever notice that the week after you throw out something that you've hoarded for the biggest part of your need it?

BarbRad wrote on August 3, 2014, 7:39 PM

I'm still working on it, but still not off the break I started after my foot surgery. I do take photos of the things my children made so I could part with some I keep only for sentimental value.

GemOfAGirl wrote on August 24, 2014, 10:10 PM

I had to clear out my dad's home after he passed away several years ago. It was too tempting to keep too much stuff, and the only thing that kept me from going overboard was the knowledge that I had hardly any room to keep more than just a few things. It made me break down what was most important, and what it was about my dad that matters the most to me.

AinsleyJo1952 wrote on August 25, 2014, 8:11 PM

Passing precious gifts down to a grown child (or other person who might appreciate it) is a great way of making the process of letting go much easier. I'm one of those sentimental people, too.