Declutter Tip: Take Pictures!

4:00 PM

Want to declutter?

One way to let go of the sentimental value surrounding items that you own but never use is to take a picture of it. That way, you'll be able to remember the item without lugging it around or having it take up storage space in your home. You can review your pictures whenever you like and revisit your memories without having to hold onto the item.

My grandmother actually suggested this to me, so I decided to try it.

What are some things I've been holding onto that I really don't need?

1) Thigh-high boots that I bought new, one size too small. Instead of exchanging them, I held onto them. 
2) Birthday cards from years past that don't contain personal notes.
3) Blankets. I love blankets, but we definitely have too many. 
4) Stuffed animals from when I was a child.

This week, the above things were either tossed or donated to my local thrift shop. The boots I can do without and easily replace if I ever need a pair. The birthday cards that don't contain personal notes won't be missed. (The ones that do contain personal notes I organized in a scrapbook.) The blanket collection I decreased. Any blankets with holes or that just rarely get used got tossed. And the stuffed animals? Any ones that were either broken or worn were thrown out.

What about you? Have you ever taken pictures to declutter?

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  1. What a great idea! I also hoard blankets, most of them are handmade Afghan's that I jyst can't give up. I did think I could get rid of a bunch of stuff if I photograph it!

  2. Those sound beautiful, Regina!