Something’s are just harder to let go of. Take this broken iPod. I’ve held on to it for years. I’ve thrown out things that just needed a battery replacement but this iPod I have not been able to let go of. I started to think about why? It doesn’t work. It won’t hold a charge. The screen is smashed to pieces, yet I want to keep it. I realized today as I’m finally ready to toss it into the trash it’s not the iPod itself but the fact that I was emotionally attached to it. You see I don’t have a relationship with my biological father. There was a brief period of time he was involved in my life and during that time he gave me this iPod as a gift. It’s really the only gift I ever remember receiving from him in my 36 years of life. I have not seen or spoken to him in years yet I still couldn’t let go of this iPod. Today I was able to throw it in the trash. I feel so free already!
6 Ways You Might Be Emotionally Attached to Your Stuff
1) Fear that you might need it some day. This is probably the most common. How many things have you owned for years under the theory that you might need it someday?
Ask yourself, have you used it in the last 6 months? How likely is it really that I will use this again? If you did need it again could you borrow the item temporarily?
2) Sentimental attachment. This one is almost universal. This one is tough. The emotional attachment to items can be very difficult for many. You probably have pictures and mementos and items that remind you of things. Some are probably buried in closets and won’t be looked at unless you happen to move or you stumble upon it accidentally while looking for something and even then you can’t part with it.
Ask someone else to toss it for you. Take digital copies of the photos or paintings.
3) Guilt about getting rid of gifts. Do you have stuff that was given to you as a gift that you don’t want and don’t use, but you feel guilty about getting rid of it?
When you think about it, it really is a waste to hang on to gifts you don’t use when someone else might be happy to have it.
4) Hatred of throwing things out. This is another classic, especially for the older generation who was brought up to save and reuse everything. I’m definitely guilty of this as well.
Just throw it out. You are wasting time and space saving it.
5)Feelings of overwhelm. You might have so much stuff that you don’t know where to start. I know that this has been a problem for alot of people I talk to.
Start somewhere. Even the small victories are still victories. One box, one room, one day at a time.
6) Feelings of uncertainty about how to go about getting rid of your stuff. Should you sell it? If so, how? Yard sale? Should you donate it? Goodwill? Salvation Army? Do they even want it?
Again it come down to time. How much is your time worth per hour? Do you have enough stuff to be paid that for your time in having a yard sale? If not donate it. There are so many great organizations who can use the items to fund programs.