12 More Things You’re No Longer Allowed To Feel Badly About Getting Rid Of
Adding to our ever-growing, always ongoing list, and in no particular order: 12 more things you really don’t have to feel badly about letting go of.
1. Book jackets.
Children’s book or regular hardback, you just don’t have to go on hoarding those discarded book jackets anymore. Your kids aren’t going to stop taking them off of the books if they’re in the habit of doing so. Turns out, they still read fine without them.
2. Books with inscriptions.
Whether inscriptioned by a gifter or by the author him or herself, an inscription is no legitimate reason to hold onto that book if that book and/or the sentiment and/or the author no longer lights you up. Is it still donate-able? Hellz to the yes.
3. All the handmade things your baby was gifted when born, however many years ago.
4. Handmade things period.
Knitted socks, felted knee pads, and more. Just because it’s handmade doesn’t mean you’re the only person who’ll find value in it (though you aren’t). In fact, you’re preventing the person who would love nothing more than a handmade crocheted necktie from having it by holding onto it out of obligation and guilt.
5. Empty photos albums you meant to fill.
That ship has sailed.
6. Travel souvenirs other people brought you back.
Just because it came from far away doesn’t mean it has to stay close to you for the rest of your life.
7. Your investment in stockings.
I know, the Nordstrom Hosiery saleswoman used to be your bestie, and you still have numerous unopened packs. It’s okay; times change, fashions shift.
9. Hand-me-down clothes and toys given to you by your parent friends.
When you don’t have the space or desire to store them full stop, or until they fit or are age appropriate, or when you figure you’ll have forgotten about them by the time they’re timely, or that your picky dresser won’t go for them anyhow.
You can certainly offer to return them to said friend if that’s what you feel internally guided to do, but otherwise, don’t burden that person; pass them on by donating.
10. Things belonging to your now deceased parents, grandparents, and other loved ones.
Because you’re living your life, not theirs. And you having or not having the stuff that comprised theirs has no impact on whether or not you love(d) them and want to honor and cherish their memory forever. Stop keeping their stuff, start telling their stories.
11. Other people’s things you so kindly offered to store for them…
and have been hating yourself for offering ever since then. You’re allowed to change your mind, to change your circumstances, to call and deliver the news that unfortunately you won’t be able to store their things any longer–how sorry you are!
12. Your wedding dress.
Yup, that’s right, I said it.
And, nothing else, but: you’re allowed. (Ain’t no shame babay do yo thang.)
Image credit: Teen Vogue
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