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Decluttering A Loved One'S Possessions. By Beth Dargis|

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Decluttering a Loved One 's Possessions
By Beth Dargis | Submitted On April 05, 2012

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I am updating this article. When I first wrote this post, I only had ideas from what other family members had done and research I did. After the loss of my 18 year old son last year, this subject has become more personal. So I have added what I have learned.

Mary said, "I am so bogged down with stuff. I need help deciding what
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Other family members may cherish having some of the pictures. Display a china plate you love.

We were worried about a fire ruining memorabilia so we had some of the pictures and documents copied to put on the wall and put the originals in a fire proof safe.

Pictures that are duplicates, out of focus, of something you don 't even recognize or don 't bring up any fond memories you may consider letting go of.

You can ask yourself if something fits into your current lifestyle and goals. People can hang onto only so much of their past before it impedes on their present.

If there are collections you enjoy, they can be in a curio cabinet instead of in a box. Or on shelves on the walls. See what of your parents or loved ones can be incorporated into what you already have.

Things you won 't use, don 't like, or bring up bad memories are good candidates for being decluttered.

Work on not feeling guilty about letting go of someone else 's possessions. They bought them because they like them. That doesn 't mean you have to like them as well.

Junk is junk whether it 's yours or their 's. My son had so many little metal pieces, parts to I don 't know what, and broken toys. I didn 't need to keep any of that.

Old magazines are usually archived so you might want to sell or let go of them.

Is the stuff bringing you closer to the life you want or further from it?
You don 't have to let go of clutter all at once. Be gentle with yourself. You may start by making
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