Most people have broken items in their space. Life happens, things break, and we set pieces aside to fix “later.” The problem is that we struggle to follow through on our good intentions because we…
… are busy meeting daily demands
… lack the necessary knowledge
… avoid the hassle of digging up a warranty or shipping an item for repair
… don’t have the money to buy replacement parts
… plan to give/take them to someone who can fix them
… forget about broken items once they are out of sight
Often, we have a pressing need for whatever has broken, and end up quickly buying or finding a replacement. Once the new object is in place, the urgency to fix the old one is gone.
In addition to taking up valuable space, broken possessions can be a sort of “emotional burden”… visual reminders that we aren’t accomplishing as much as we would like. Keeping an item with a concrete plan for repair is good, but holding onto an object out of guilt or shame is not.
The goal for today is to find two broken items in your space that you are willing to shed. The best candidates are ones you have been meaning to fix for a long time (vs. those that have just recently broken that you might actually repair.) Possible contenders include:
- Baskets, vases, containers
- Kitchen utensils
- Games with missing pieces
- Office supplies
Broken items frequently end up in a “holding area,” such as on a basement workbench, in a kitchen drawer, or high up on a shelf in the living room. Be sure to check those spaces.
Since these items are in need of repair, they are probably not candidates for donation. I give you permission to let them go! Remember to recycle whenever possible.
What broken objects do you think you can finally discard?