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13 Mantras for Letting Go of Stuff

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Struggling to let go of belongings? Let these mantras help you feel more at peace while doing the annual purge.

Sometimes, we speak of emotional issues as “stuff.” People will say, “I’m going through some stuff right now,” or, “I’m digging into some old stuff with my therapist this week.”

But sometimes, stuff is not a metaphor. It is literally … stuff. It’s our belongings, our things, the items that tend to build up in our homes and threaten to engulf us if we do not periodically groom.

This time of year, when we’re inspired to streamline and organize, we come face to face with our stuff, which can be overwhelming. Even though you desire order, you may still feel a pull, a resistance, to keep more than you need. Of course you do! It can be hard to let go. With that in mind, here are 13 mantras to support you as you release physical belongings.

  1. I’m choosing what represents who I am now, not who I used to be.
  2. I honor the ancestor who made this and now release it so someone else can enjoy it.
  3. I can treasure the memory, without keeping this object.
  4. Someone else will take great joy in this!
  5. I am not what I own materially.
  6. This has served me well, and now I can let it go.
  7. I’m living a purposeful life.
  8. I have everything I need.
  9. My life is becoming calmer.
  10. I share this abundance with others less fortunate.
  11. The memory is within me, not this thing.
  12. By releasing this, I find closure and comfort.
  13. I feel lighter and happier.

Want more on decluttering? Read my story on the clean sweep method.

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Kathryn Drury Wagner

Kathryn Drury Wagner is based in Savannah. She’s been a contributor to the magazine for many years, and she loves sharing ways to build a healthy, mindful, and sustainable lifestyle.

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