Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stop before you regret . . .

I recently read an article how after people throw things out, they wished later they had kept it. It’s even possible that just a few short weeks later, regret is already starting to kick in. Perhaps it is due to the current trend to declutter, jumping on this bandwagon because it is the right thing to do.

With so much hype about getting rid of things will achieve some sort of peace, as well as more space (to only just fill up again), is creating confusion. It is this rush to spring into action, throwing things out or giving things away can be detrimental. With so much dialogue about what and how much to get of rid can trigger people to feel remorseful after decluttering and losing these items forever.

There is also the philosophy that if one has a preference towards things that   leads to an overabundance of stuff, it is possible that these possessions would out shine relationships with people. What gibberish! It is far better to understand that by surrounding yourself with things that make you feel contented and more secure contributes to your well-being.
So what is the best way to avoid this path to regret? Stop before you purge. Instead, think about what you have and give attention to those things that hold fond memories; who, when and why you came to possess what you have. First sort through those items, be thoughtful as you strategize your course of decluttering and then clear-out what is meaningless. If you are already in the state of regret, consider replacing the item.

Life is really a sentimental journey, and if you trash your memories, you would end up lamenting and that can only lead to a life of melancholy, and you don’t want that. Spark your own joy by holding on to your memories.  
For more encouraging direction, my book, Create a Family Museum and Save Your History, offers suggestions, the ways and means of how to save, and a plethora of references. Find it on or through the publisher’s website,

 “Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn’t all a dream?”  Ashleigh Brilliant