Through this decluttering process I have had a few epiphanies about myself. I am quick to get rid of trash, but I have a hard time getting rid of things that could be of use. Like ever of use. To anyone.
This became completely evident the other night when I was going through all of our gift wrap and gift bags. I save gift bags & tissue paper, because when I buy a gift I would always forget to buy something to wrap it with and would have to make another trip to the store. By having them on hand it's a small money & time saver.
I noticed that while going through all the bags I was having a really difficult time sorting through what to get rid of and what to keep. I was trying to get rid of the bags that were really wrinkled or damaged or didn't like.
Like this bag... How embarrassing to give someone a gift in this bag!
Or this tissue paper... It's literally about as big as my hand and ripped! What in the world would I possibly to with it???
This really became quite comical when I came across this bag...
I just started cracking up! How long ago had I received this bag? It looks like it's from the 80's! And why was I saving it? Who on earth would I possibly ever give it to in the future? Lol
Another thing I realized was not only was I saving things that I would clearly never use, but why have I saved so many? Of course variety is good to have, but I probably had close to 70 bags!! When in my life am I ever going to need this many bags??? When will I ever have 70 gifts to give at a single time?
So I have set myself a few guidelines with going forward... There has to be a need and a limit! Of course, there is no point of keeping something that is not needed. Seems like a no brainer, but it's not always that simple. But even if it is something that can be needed at some point there needs to be a limit of items. I need to decide ahead of time what that limit is and stick to it. Sometimes the limit will be a number and sometimes it will be a space.
So now that I have gone through all the gift supplies I have decided to store them inside a large sturdy gift bag. If I want to save more, I will need to get rid of some that I already have. Yes, I do still have a considerable amount. But it's the best I can do right now and I'm okay with that.
How about you??? Is there anything that you have saved, despite knowing it's ridiculous?