A big part of a Professional Organizers job is helping clients part with items that they no longer need. As humans, we get very attached to "things" and it can be extremely difficult to part with those items. It may be a piece of a deceased relatives furniture or the shirt you wore on your first date with your husband or a token from a vacation you took with your best friend ten years ago. Whatever it is, it is a tough decision to let go.
Don't think that an Organizer is exempt from this feeling. I will be the first one to admit that I have the same issue when it comes to shoes. I love shoes...I'm not sure why as I'm not a slave to fashion and I'm not super trendy (my style icon is the very classic Jackie Kennedy) but shoes are just my thing. In my life before organizing, I worked in a professional office setting so I grew used to teetering around on 4 inch heels. But, that is a life style I fortunately no longer lead. Can you imagine me organizing a garage in stilettos? Not going to happen. So this collection I have amassed over the years needed to be taken care. Closets needed to be purged as did the under-the-bed storage containers I had been using. As I started to unearth each pair of shoes, memories started flooding in. Here were the classic black heels that I wore to my ladies lunch, the red patent mary janes I bought myself as a 28th birthday present and the pink pumas I hosted many a bbq in. I sat on my bedroom floor, surrounded by the ghosts of shoes past knowing that I needed to come up with a way to make this ok for me.
The solution? To give away these shoes to people I knew would appreciate them. So I took pictures, posted an album on facebook and offered them up to friends and family. I didn't think I would have any takers but minutes later, 4 girlfriends had picked 3-6 pairs each. I lovingly packed the shoes up and sent them off to Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Knowing how much the shoes would make my friends day made it so much easier to part with them.
The moral of this story is to find a recipient that makes your heart happy to give away items to. That may be your favorite charity or your best friends daughter or a total stranger. Whatever it is, I can bet you that it will make giving something away not only easier but something you might even look forward to.
Remember, life is easier when it's organized!