How do you help someone who can't seem to part with anything she's ever owned — from high school memorabilia to her now-grown toddler's collection of shoes? If her attic is overflowing with items from decades past, is it beyond all hope for organization? Of course, we're asking all these questions "for a friend."
If you know anyone who falls into these categories, we're here to help. Despite the thought of sorting through endless piles of stuff making you want to pull your hair out, purging old items is actually easier than you think.
We all know that time is valuable, so be productive by having a plan of attack. It's best to start with larger items that take up more space, like any unnecessary kitchen appliances, linens, or old clothes that haven't been worn in years.
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And if you're really having trouble "letting go," you can ask family members if they need any of your old items, like furniture or works of arts. This will make the process more efficient, and knowing that your beloved items will be in good hands will ease the pain of separation. Heck, you might even be able to see them again if they're now in mom and dad's house.
Ready to take the plunge? Trust us, you'll never be the same again.
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