So many things pass through our lives, while some stay longer than others, very few have little or no emotional value.  We receive gifts and inherited items – we also purchase our own.  Think about the Cabana shirts from the trip to Hawaii or the snow globe from New York City.  We all have them yet struggle when their time has come to move on or even where to keep them in our homes. 

These things are referred to as Emotional Clutter.  We keep them out of obligation or some other self-inflicted reason.  The truth is, if the item has ceased to bring you joy (if it ever did) then it is time to move on.  When you see something in your home or office that you are unsure about, ask yourself, “how does this make me feel?”  You will be surprised at how often the things in your space actually elicit negative emotions.  Now let them go! 

To rid yourself of these types of items, I always encourage clients, friends, and family to utilize charities.  The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children is a wonderful place to take stuffed animals.  The Thrift Store benefitting the Family Abuse Center provides a voucher system for families in need.   That snow globe from New York City?  Imagine the joy it would bring a child without any toys at all. 

Resist the urge to underestimate the joy your unwanted items could bring someone less fortunate.  Fill your space with only things you love and pass your joy onto someone else.  It is a win-win situation.

Jennifer Snyder
Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts