At one of Erin’s recent presentations of Inherited Belongings, I was enlightened by some insights brought to my attention. The topic focuses on how a parent’s downsizing, moving or death can result in accumulation of belongings that end up cluttering your life.
There are a lot of questions we can ask ourselves when we are trying to decide what to do with all the inherited “stuff.” One questions that resonated with me was, “Is the item something you find aesthetically pleasing and would be inclined to buy if you saw it in a store?” This could be a quilt, dresser, chair…the list goes on. This is a good way of looking at an item in question. We may hold onto items that we do not love because we feel a sense of obligation. If you don’t how something looks, you can always consider changing its purpose or look with some paint. This may change how you feel about an object altogether.
Consider what style of objects you are attracted to in magazines and when out shopping. Do any of your inherited belongings fit the bill? If not, consider letting the inhereted items go to make room to surround yourself with things you do love.