Rather than throwing everything away, you've simply moved it all to the attic or spare room in the hopes that you don't have to actually deal with it. Sound familiar?
Well, now science might have a solution for you, which means you won't struggle parting with sentimental items—whether they're in the form of your childhood teddy bear, a winning sports jersey, or even a dress from a birthday long gone.
Researchers from the Ohio State University found people were more willing to chuck out sentimental things as long as they had a photo of the item. That's right—a photo of sentimental clutter might give you the reassurance and confidence you need to finally part with unnecessary goods.
"What people really don't want to give up is the memories associated with the item," said Rebecca Reczek, co-author of the study and associate professor of marketing at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business. "We found that people are more willing to give up these possessions if we offer them a way to keep the memory and the identity associated with that memory."
Even if you really struggle with getting rid of clutter, the study found it's possible to change your mindset, but it takes some work.
"It is not terribly surprising that we can keep the same memories alive just by taking a photo of these possessions, but it is not a natural behavior. It is something we have to train ourselves to do," she said.
However, the benefits of changing your behavior to storing memories digitally rather than physically can have a profound affect on your life, as you clear up clutter and make space in your home.
Doesn't that thought alone just give you a little bit of peace of mind?
This post was written by Amber Elias. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.