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  • Writer's pictureJonda Beattie

Why Do We Hold On To Things?

We look around and begin to notice all of the objects that we have accumulated throughout the years. Why do we hang on to these things?

Fear I might need it someday I won’t be able to afford to buy a replacement later on I’m afraid of making a mistake if I let it go

Shame I spent a lot of money on this I am embarrassed to just give it away

Sense of Obligation My friend gave it to me so I can’t get rid of it I am keeping it for my children It’s a family heritage

Sentimentality/Remembrance When I look at this I know I was loved When I look at this I remember I was someone once I used to use this and I hope to be in a position to use it again It reminds me of when I was a success in my job I remember the excitement when I found and purchased this

Indecision It is difficult to make the decisions required in letting things go I am not sure where to start I am not sure what questions to ask myself to help me decide

Inertia The items have sat around the house so long I have stopped seeing them I don’t even consider the need of getting rid of things

Do any of these reasons resonate with you?

Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer

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