I know this is going to be one of those posts that may evoke some interesting responses but I am going to have a go at it anyway. I think I have actually touched on this subject before and I am not sure exactly where I am going with it but today’s give away bought it to mind.
Some of the hardest and most guilt ridden things to declutter are items that were handmade with love just for you. Now these items are always given with the best of intentions but with the perceived added obligation of appreciating the time taken to make it for you in the first place.
I recently came across one of these items when decluttering my camphor wood chest. It is today’s declutter item so you can scroll down and take a look now if you wish. I made this for my husband about 20 years ago when he was really into motorbikes. Now I don’t think it has been on a wall in our home for at least 10 years but probably longer. In this case there was an easy solution to this problem because I was the one who made it for him and I was also the one to ask him if he was willing to let it go. This freed him of any obligation of being polite and trying not the hurt my feeling.
Unfortunately it isn’t always this easy. I know I have at least two other item lying idle in my home that fall into this category. One was made for me by my mother and one by my father. They were great at the time that I received them but I soon found they didn’t really suit my needs well. So I am just going to have to practice what I preach and add them to the donation box. If I am ever asked what happened to them I am either going to make up a story of some unfortunate event that caused their demise or admit I wasn’t using them and got rid of them. I am pretty sure which option I will go with because I really have no problem with using little white lies to protect peoples feelings.
Even this option is not too hard for me because lets face it my parents live 1000km away and rarely visit. So all I can say to anyone with this category of declutter item is be true to yourself and do what you must. Always remember though (I am speaking from personal experience here) that the person who made the gift got as much satisfaction out of accomplishing the task of making it as they did at giving it so their satisfaction has already been half fulfilled before your part was played.
ITEM 234 OF 365 LESS THINGS
With the decluttering of this item we can add 10 more years to our decluttered years tally making it 79.5 in total.