“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings, etc. all have something in common, well, besides being all celebrations, it’s gifts. A lot of gifts end up in your possession and many of them are not what you would’ve asked for yourself, let alone need. Sometimes it works out that the things you end up with are useful and cherished. However, what about the other stuff? It’s easy to just keep it right? You don’t want to be rude and get rid of it because someone dear to you picked it out especially for you. If you think that, you’re not alone. I’ve done this recently and have kept things that were gifted to me that were still in the original packaging with tags on. I tell myself I’ll get use out of it and almost force myself to like it just because it was a gift. I’m a very sympathetic person so I think that’s why I feel so bad getting rid of gifted items. You have to be real with yourself though at the same time and get rid of these items you’ve been holding onto or return them for something you will enjoy. These items will eventually accumulate over the years while hoarding these unused and under appreciated gifts in your household.
At this point I think it’d be safe to say you should be asking yourself, ‘is it worth my unhappiness to hold onto these things?’ Sure, you may make your great aunt unhappy if she happens to find out you got rid of that sweater she got you for Christmas that’s incredibly scratchy. But is it worth holding onto? You shouldn’t continually sacrifice your feelings and space in your home for the reason of possibly upsetting a family member or even upsetting yourself for getting rid of your gifted possessions. Remember, that giving gifts is mostly for the satisfaction of the person doing the giving of the gift. It’ll be worth it for yourself in the long run if you start analyzing what you’re gifted with and what you should do with each item. If you start this, you’ll avoid accumulating so much clutter over time. Keep the things that mean something to you and get rid of the things you couldn’t care less about. It sounds easy when I say it like that, but if you keep that in the back of your mind, it’ll eventually become easier to incorporate into your decisions moving forward.
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Today’s item is a “Feel the Bern” Bernie Sanders hat from 2016. This was purchased for a presidents’ themed party a few years back. Since then it hasn’t been work so there is no longer a need to hold onto it. We hope this can help others “feel the bern” to declutter.