Now that the Christmas holiday is complete, there is one very important thing you must do. Go through every gift you received and think about whether you love it or not. If you don’t absolutely love it, get rid of it.
I do this every year and it is such a great feeling. In the end I only have gifts I really love (this also means I have fewer of them).
There is nothing worse that adding “stuff” to your life you will never use. Several years ago, I spent some time cleaning out the closets and making piles of things that had to go. Not surprisingly, some of those items were gifts I had received that I didn’t love. What a waste to have it and never use it. Some I hated, some were just “okay” and others were “well someday I may use this”. Take it from me, you won’t. Get rid of them now.
Once that pile was disposed of, I fell lighter, less cluttered – dare I say less stressed. Maybe it is my age, but I have less desire to keep things I don’t really use. It feels like they are stealing my energy and sapping my strength just for them to be there, or to even have to look at them.
How much money is it costing you to let things hang around you will never use? How much in stress does it cause to move it, store it, trip over it and most importantly, feel guilty for not using it?
You can re-gift those items or better yet, return them to the store they were purchased and get something you really love. Nothing there? Get cash, save it or spend it on an experience with family or friends. Maybe a combination of both; save most of it and go to lunch with a good friend.
Most people who give gifts want the recipient to enjoy them. If you don’t, thank them nicely and just move on with finding something you do. They wouldn’t be offended because they want you to be happy (or they wouldn’t buy you a gift in the first place!)
Add to your New Year’s to-do list a day to clean out your closets and come back and post how many gifts you found (I bet you will find at least six!) I also will predict once they are gone you will feel like you simplified your life, made a good decision and are happier for it!