Are You A Slave to the Stuff in Your Home?

Proper Thoughts on Letting Things Go


Having its origins in ancient Roman / Greek times, people of Slavic heritage were captured in wars, were without rights and were kept as slaves–they were Slavs. Though slavery is officially outlawed in all countries, it still continues in different pockets of the world, to different degrees and by differing definitions. In short, we define a slave as being someone owned, property, forced to do what they are told without choice or compensation.

What does this have to do with the things you keep in your home? Well, it depends. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you store things in your home due to a feeling of unpaid obligation? Perhaps you are keeping items your children left when they moved out–ten years ago! Maybe you are in charge of stockpiling family heirlooms that you think can’t be given or thrown away, but no one else in the family seems to want. (Just put them in Mary’s basement; that is what we always do.) Have you ever asked yourself why?
  2. Do you hold onto things in your home because you feel overwhelmed at the thought of having to make choices about what to do with them? For some people, the anxiety that comes with having to make decisions on what to let go of and what to keep can be debilitating. Every effort at trying fails, leaving a person in the same predicament they were before–after some time it doesn’t seem worth trying anymore.
  3. Do you see non-living things, like books or magazines, as having human traits such as feelings?  Remember, the magazines or newspapers that are left at work on the break-room table or placed into the recycle bin have no concept of worth. Encyclopedias and dictionaries, as well as many reference materials, are meant to be updated and replaced. They don’t need rescuing and they don’t need a home.
  4. Do you keep things because you remember what you paid for them when new, or have beliefs that the items you own have a monetary worth that is far more than realistic? An average baseball in a MLB game lasts six to seven pitches. That is what it was created for. Can it be kept as a practice ball once it receives a scuff from a batter? Sure.  But after it has been in the practice bucket for a few weeks it will get more wear and scuffs, other used game balls will be added to the practice bucket that are in better shape and eventually the practice bucket will be too full. The value of that once new baseball has diminished. The purpose for which it was paid for, its use, is gone. The benefits were received. Let it go.

If you can relate to any of the above, think about the following questions:

  • Who, if anyone, is forcing you to keep what you have?
  • Why don’t you feel that you have the right to own and dispose of property you received or paid for as you see fit?
  • What things do you perceive as having feelings?
  • What is your definition of the value of items in your home and is it realistic?

Slavery is banned in all countries. That includes your home. Don’t feel like a slave to your belongings–they are not people, they are things you own. They don’t own you!

If you’ve become a slave to your possessions, consider hiring a non-judgmental, compassionate professional organizer to help you through the process of letting go of the things that are holding you back from living an organized life.


Jenny PowerAbsolutely Organized, LLC

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