As we age, we cling to the things that remind us of the good ‘ol days. The feeling of nostalgia is overwhelming and makes it difficult for us to let go. This can be a big challenge when moving to a new home. To make the process easier for us, we came up with some easy-to-do steps.

Organise your things

  • Get some boxes and label them: Keep, Sell, Throw, Donate.
  • Put all of your things in the appropriate box. This will give clarity to how much you are willing to let go of and to how much you want to keep.
  • If you notice that your “Keep” box is overflowing, then it is the time to go to the next step.



  • Get your “Keep” box and place all of the things inside it on the floor.
  • Organise each item according to usefulness – not how attached you are to it.
  • Place the useful things back into the “Keep” box. Then it is time to consider the rest of your stuff.


Weigh your feelings

Look at each item that you think you’re so attached to and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who gave it to me?
  • Why do I have this?
  • How long have I not seen this?
  • How important is this in my current life?
  • Can I live without this?


The questions above will give you a clear idea how valuable this item is to you. It’s really up to you whether you want to store it in your new home or not.

But remember this, having too many possessions can be a burden. You may end up with a lack of space due to dust collecting relics.  Surely you have plans for something more than cleaning in your new home.

The point of detaching yourself from your possessions is to help you make your life easier. In your senior years, you don’t want to worry yourself with the burden of household chores like cleaning. Also, if you are moving to a smaller home, it is best to keep everything to a minimum so as not to clutter the space.

Letting go of your possessions doesn’t mean you’re throwing away the memories you’ve had. Yes, they do remind you may cause you to live in the past and not the present. Why don’t you try some of the new things available. You might be surprised how fun they can be.