What a mess!

We’re in decluttering mode at my house, which means I’m experiencing firsthand the challenges of clearing things out.

It seems that every item begs me to let it stay. The soiled doily that one of my grandmothers crocheted. The stack of glass plates never used in 30 years. The collection of stationery untouched since 1996. The random, poor-quality family photos tucked into letters by an aunt who sent them to me in her own attempt at guilt-free decluttering. 

So it seems like a good time to give myself – and you, dear reader – a pep talk.

In my experience as a Realtor, it’s people’s “stuff” that most gets in the way of progress:

  • Qualifying for financing on a new home – no problem!
  • Imagining where you’d like to live next – no problem!
  • Telling the kids you’re selling the family house – no problem!
  • Listing the property for sale – no problem!
  • Cleaning out all the stuff you’ve accumulated over 20 years – OH! MY! GOD!

One barrier is the fear that you’ll regret throwing out, donating or selling some THING you’ve been hoarding.

This post on Unclutterer.com addresses the dilemma better than I can. So, please read it. Then write out the 3 move-past-regret questions and post them on the wall in every room of your house. That’ll help move you along.

Happy purging!

Photo Credit: Juliane Liebermann 

Cynthia Cummins is a Top Producer and Partner at McGuire. For info on SF real estate visit http://CynthiaCummins.com This article was re-posted at McGuire.com.