The Sentimental Connection: Why We Hold Onto Our Possessions


As human beings, we form emotional connections with people, places, and even our possessions. In particular, we often form strong emotional bonds with sentimental items. These possessions, whether they be a childhood stuffed animal or a piece of jewelry given by a loved one, bring comfort and security to us. However, as homeowners, we are often challenged with the issue of decluttering due to its deep emotional significance. In this blog, we will explore the emotional connections that people have and the challenges faced when trying to declutter.

The Emotional Connection

It is common for people to have sentimental attachments to their possessions. These items can serve as a connection to their past, identity, or relationships with family and friends. In some cases, these sentimental items can also serve as a coping mechanism for anxiety or depression. However the attachment is formed, it is often difficult to let go of these belongings, leading to clutter in our homes.


Tips on How to Let Go and Decluttering your Home

Although it can be a challenge decluttering your home of sentimental items, it can also bring a sense of relief. Psychologist Julie Pike suggests starting slowly and asking oneself, “Does it represent me? Does it give me joy?”. By using the KonMari Method™ of sparking joy, it becomes easier to decide what to keep or let go. Ask yourself whether you still find value in the items or whether they have served their purpose.

Another option is to consider repurposing the sentimental item in a way that is meaningful to you. For example, a scarf that is no longer practical to wear may be transformed into a pillowcase or framed to display. By finding new ways to use these possessions, they can continue to hold emotional value without taking up physical space.

Some individuals may choose to document their sentimental belongings before letting them go. By taking photos or videos of the items, they can still cherish the memories associated with them without having to store the physical objects. Additionally, by using digital storage, the items can be easily accessed and shared with loved ones in the future.

It is also important to recognize that it is okay to hold onto sentimental items. However, it is important to manage the clutter in a way that is safe and does not impede daily routines. Rather than letting the clutter accumulate, set aside a designated space for these items, such as a memory box, a sentimental corner, or even consider a custom closet to hold your sentimental items.

The Significance of Clutter Management

Our sentimental possessions are a reflection of our identity, memories, and relationships. Letting go of these items is challenging. But it can lead to a sense of relief and declutter in our homes. By using techniques such as the KonMari Method™, repurposing sentimental items, documenting them, or setting aside designated spaces, we can hold onto the emotional connections without having to physically store the objects. It is okay to hold onto sentimental items. However, it is important to manage the clutter in a way that is safe and does not interfere with daily routines. By embracing the sentimental connection, we can create a welcoming and comforting environment in our homes.