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Tuesday
Apr152014

10 Ways to Let Go & Move On

Our “stuff” can clutter our spaces, schedules, and minds. This can result in overwhelm or procrastination. Sometimes we need a boost to activate our letting go rhythm. Are you curious about how to feel less encumbered? I’ve put together a few ideas and resources to help you let go and move on.

 

Ways to Let Go

When we let go, we gain space, peace of mind, and focus. We also receive that feel good lift, when we donate, give, or recycle things that provide a benefit to others.

1. Clothing - Do you own any clothes that are too small, too big, or too unflattering? Do they include purchasing mistakes, items you’ve outgrown, or gifts received that don’t match your style? You won’t wear or use them, but someone else might. Get the donation bags ready.

2. Paper - Are your old telephone, utility bills, and other non-tax deductible receipts occupying valuable filing cabinet or surface space? Do you have scraps of paper with illegible notes written on them? Those papers can go. Shred ones that include your name, address, or account information. Check your county’s schedule for free shredding and recycling days.

3. Distractions - Are the dings and pop-ups on your digital devices and computers making it difficult to focus and be productive? Are you ready to let go of these hard to resist alerts? Consider using one of the many apps or programs that help control “ding management.”

4. Electronics - With changing technology and shorter product lifespans, you probably have a growing collection of outdated cell phones, chargers, TVs, computers, digital cameras, and other electronic gadgets. They’re occupying space, not being used, and collecting dust. Activate your recycling options.

5. Photos - I love photos as much as the next person. What about the images (digital or paper) you have that are duplicates, out of focus, or not meaningful? Make room for what’s significant, organize the keepers, and let go of the rest.

 

Ways to Move On

Once you’ve activated your decision-making skills and opted to let go, don’t stop there. Use these resources to complete the process and help you and your things move on.

6. Vietnam Veterans of America - Free pick up is available for donating clothing, toys, shoes, books, electronics, household & more.

7. Concentrate - This Mac App eliminates distractions and improves focus.

8. Earth911 - The site has resources searchable by location for recycling electronics such as game consoles, MP3players, computer peripherals, and digital cameras.

9. Best Buy - They offer both trade-ins and recycling for computers, peripherals, cell phones, digital cameras, TVs and more.

10. MyPublisher - This is an easy to use website helps you create high quality photo albums from your digital photos.

What letting go challenges or successes have you encountered? Do you have favorite “moving on” resources? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

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Reader Comments (8)

Thanks for posting these resources. By having deadlines like drop off dates it will activate you to let go and move forward. On April 26 there is a National Take Back Drug Initiative so that you can return unused drugs (easy to find by googling.) Call for pick up and set a date for a philanthropy to come to your home. When you establish a time for items to be released it makes releasing these much easier.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- It's so true that having a deadline with drop off or pick-up dates helps with motivation for letting go and moving on. Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource for donating unused medicine. What a unique service.

April 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

About clothing, there is this Project 333, consist in being minimalist with clothing, you need to pick 33 garments and manage to live just with those garments 33 days, pairing pieces, accessories, etc. I use it as a guide but not as a rule, and downsize my wardrobe from like 100 pieces to barely 50. That doesn't include undergarments or specific pieces like exercise garments or so, but that and having an precise clothes storage space, like in my case 36" rod length for tops (shirts and jackets) 18" for jeans and slacks and 3 drawers (underwear, t-shirts, other) help me to keep control on the amount of clothes I own, so if I buy one thing one thing must go out.
And for get rid of stuff that are susceptible of recycling or up-cycling, I found a couple of girls who make furniture, lamps and decoration objects from everything you don't need and they sell those up-cycle products, so I call them and they take my stuff and make beautiful things from it. It's a way to help others and others help you and the environment giving things a new purpose.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

We have a wonderful program in our area that collects books and sends them to military bases overseas. Knowing that something you are letting go can help others is very helpful in the process I think.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

thanks linda. this is an awesome post. I love the suggestions. I am always talking about mental clutter -- time robbers, emotional baggage, media distractions, etc. sometimes that is even worse then the physical clutter! love that you gave tips for that too.!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

I usually go through my clothes every fall and spring. This weekend, I'm going to my sister's and we'll go through hers. Usually I end up bringing home some of her discards. Then the following week, she'll come here and we'll go through mine. She'll probably take something home with her too. I'll post whatever is left after all that on the Hamilton Mountain Recycle Kindness group on Facebook so someone else can make use of what we no longer want or need.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I love that you included photos in that list Linda. I am working with a client who has every school photo in every size of her 4 children. My advice was to only keep the large one, put them in acid free clear pockets and give each child a school binder. This includes their school reports and school photos all in one place, and each child has their own special place to put these things.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

What wonderful additions to the conversation! You guys are amazing.

@Nacho- I've heard of Project 333, but hadn't investigated it fully. I appreciated reading how you implemented it in your own life. Very cool to realize how little we really need and how to more effectively manage what we do have. Also love your description of up-cycling or repurposing….another great venue for the things we're ready to let go of.

@Seana- What a wonderful thing to do with books that you're ready to let go of. I don't know if this is the group you're referring to, but here's a link for those that are interested in donating books for soldiers:

http://booksforsoldiers.com

@Leslie- Oh, yes…mind clutter. It can be just as problematic as physical clutter. I wrote a post several years ago about some strategies for organizing the internal clutter. Here's a link to "Release Mind Clutter:"

http://theothersideoforganized.com/blog/2011/5/18/release-mind-clutter.html

@Janet- I love the social aspect you've discovered about letting go. It helps not only to have people and places to give to, but it also helps to have company during the letting go process. It's lovely how you and your sister support one another. It's a beautiful thing.

@Jill- Photos can overwhelm us, can't they? If you're client is ready to pair down her photo collection, you've given her a wonderful strategy for doing that, beginning with the school photos. I remember when we used to get the photo package options for our daughters and I'd always order the minimum amount so that I'd have just enough and no more.

April 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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