Some people are naturally anti-pack rats, doing spring cleaning four times a year and minimizing what they have around the home. However, this isn't true of everyone; for some people, objects are more symbolic, especially if they have any sort of good memory associated with them. Therefore, it can be difficult, detaching yourself from your things. If you're having issues with putting the things you own into garage sale boxes, try following these steps to let go.
As you unpack each item from the attic or basement, discern which are going to be difficult to detach from. Think fondly about the memories you have surrounding the object, whether that's the comfort of a beloved grandparent or a good day at the fair with your immediate family or something completely different. Take time to linger over what was so special to you about the item and the memories associated with it.
If you're afraid of forgetting the reason the item was so special to you, record the memories. Start a document on the computer or find a notebook and write down everything you can remember about that day or time. The act of recording the memory may actually help you to recall it later, and if you do forget it, you'll have a tangible reminder without having to keep around an item you can no longer store.
It may still be difficult to relinquish the items associated with memories you love. Realize that you aren't going to use it anymore, or that you just don't have room. Getting rid of the item is a practical choice at this point, and if you don't overcome your tendencies and put it in that garage sale box, you'll end up lugging the item when you move or having to throw out something else more practical because the memory-item is taking up the space.
Don't linger over the sale, when it comes time for someone to take the item home. You can tell the shopper how special the item was, and if they seem interested, you can give them a brief recount of the tale surrounding it. However, the longer you dwell on the fact that the item is about to exchange hands, the harder it will be and the more you'll be tempted to snatch it back and refuse to sell it.
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