Friday, May 3, 2013

Conquer Clutter: If It's Not Yours, It Doesn't Belong

One easy type of clutter to get rid of is things that aren't yours.  Do you have anything that you borrowed from someone else?  If you do, give it back to the rightful owner.  You don't need to be dusting and taking care of something that isn't yours.  Do you have kid's stuff in your basement, even though they got married 10 years ago?  Let them deal with their own clutter now.  We decided that our kids should take their own stuff when they get married or graduate from college, whichever is first.  There is no hard and fast rule, but if they don't value their stuff enough to be responsible for it, then why should you shoulder the burden.  Maybe it is time to have a talk and send it to them or have them pick it up or go through it next time they visit.  If you have things that belong to your parents that aren't yours or you don't want, give them back too.  I read about a lady who didn't want her mother's china, so she passed it on to her daughter since she wasn't sure what to do with it.  The daughter didn't really want it, but the mother didn't want it back.  The daughter carried it around for years until finally they looked on the internet and saw that it was worth almost nothing.  She had no memories attached to it and it was a cheap set, and it didn't go anywhere in her house, so she finally got rid of it.  If you have family things that you don't want, send a message out to other family members to see if they are interested.  If so, send it to them.  If not, why hang on to it yourself? 

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