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  • Writer's pictureUshma Agrawal

Let the items in your home serve their purpose

In today's fast paced world, where acquiring items is so easy, our homes can easily become a breeding ground for clutter. If the clutter in your home is beginning to overwhelm you, it might be time to declutter and let the items in your home serve their purpose.

Most of of us have spaces that need decluttering, or specific items that aren't serving their purpose at home.

For example, I used to collect shot glasses from different cities that I traveled to in my twenties. I used to use them at parties and had great memories associated with both collecting and using those glasses. However, in my thirties I decided to "let them go" and gave them all away. I had entered a new phase in my life and while collecting the glasses and looking at them allowed me to be nostalgic, I wasn't having parties where we used shot glasses anymore.

I watched an episode of Friends where Ross gifted Phoebe a bike, which she was afraid to ride. At some point she said she would just keep the bike and didn't have to ride it because she had always wanted one. Ross told her that the bike's purpose was to be ridden and if she was not going to ride it, the bike would not be able to fulfill this purpose. I realized then, that those shot glasses I had been collecting should be used, not sit and collect dust in my basement. There were probably some twenty-somethings who could use them and make some fun memories with them. After they were gone, I missed them every now and then, but the memories I had buying them on my travels and using them thereafter, have never left me.

Next time you are on the fence about whether you should keep something, think about whether that item is serving its purpose. If the answer is no, consider giving it to someone who could actually use it.

When you allow items to serve their purpose, you're not only creating a more functional living space, but you are also reducing waste and contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle. By reusing and repurposing items, you're helping reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

I encourage you to think about how you can declutter to make your life more functional and also allow the items in your home to truly serve their purpose. Take the plunge and start decluttering! Reach out to me if you need help.

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