I love helping people simplify and a big part of that process is letting go of things. In our current culture, we have a tendency to accumulate. Without a process for easily letting go of things, we end up with way too much stuff. It’s epidemic.
One concept that makes a lot of sense to me is putting things back into the flow.
Don’t try and figure out who the best person is for each item you want to discard. This takes too much time, energy and guessing. It can also be a cop-out – you end up placing the burden on them to figure out what to do with the darn thing!
If you have plenty of space, are good at labeling and don’t mind storing and managing stuff; you can keep those bins of baby clothes for your niece who may decide to have a baby someday. Otherwise, let someone with a baby now, use the clothes you no longer need. It feels good.
The easiest thing to do is to choose a local nonprofit that supports those less fortunate in your community. Donate to them all the things you no longer need or want. Depending on how much you have, they may even pick up.
Consider consignment too. I love consignment shopping. When you find a store that tends to have stuff you like to buy, they’d probably be interested in buying some of the things you want to let go of. You can usually trade for store credit or get cash for your things once they sell. It’s a win-win!
There is a much easier flow of goods now with the popularity of Craigslist, eBay, and Freecycle. If it’s easy for you to list your items online, and mail them out, go for it. If it feels hard or you have a pile of stuff you haven’t sold on-line for months (or years) then stop trying.
Whichever method/s you choose for letting go, trust that the right people will find these things and be delighted. Besides, you get a tax credit.
You don’t need to hold on to things now, “just in case”. Life is too complicated and the future far too unclear to be able to predict what we will need ‘someday.’ Open space is surprisingly valuable. Hold it dear and see what true value you can attract into it.
This process also offers you the trust to know that when you need something, you too will find it in the flow.
From my experience working with my clients, once things become clear, things happen. Sometimes we are just not ready for what that clarity will bring, even if it’s ultimately good.
I have also come to have great respect for trusting right timing. It simply might not yet be the time to know the answer. We think it is, but perhaps there are unknown factors yet to be resolved either internally or externally.