When it comes to our coveted holiday memorabilia, whether it be a set of silverware or a small ceramic Christmas tree made by your child in elementary school, why do these things hold so much energy? So much power? And why do we only share them with ourselves and our family once a year?
Like all our belongings, holiday memorabilia is worth pruning each year. You may not always feel connected to certain items and it’s ok to let them go.
My 5-step holiday memorabilia releasing ritual
Try to see this process as a beautiful bridge to freeing-up energetic real estate. Just like the way we set a luxurious table for our holiday meals, cook traditional foods and gather with our closest family and friends, imagine this sorting and editing process as an annual letting go ceremony.
1. Get in the mood
- It’s not always the right time to edit. Check your emotional state before starting any releasing. If you’re feeling extra vulnerable or sensitive (i.e. on your cycle or pre-cycle) it may not be the best time. If you’re feeling grounded and connected, great – let’s get going.
- Take a moment to plant your feet firmly on the ground, close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Let your 3rd eye open and ask your intuition to be open now – if you are connected to any non-human alliances, now is a great time to call them in for support as well.
- Sage your space, put on soothing music, light a candle, create a really supportive environment. This is also a great time to infuse the air with your favorite soothing essential oil blend to create a calming nest. One of my favorite oils for feeling balanced is clary sage. I recommend mixing equal parts clary sage, clove and juniper berry together into a 4oz. spray bottle with water and spray 2-3 times in each of the four the corners of the room.
- It’s ok to ask for help. If you need a declutter buddy or a supportive family member to join you, ask for the support you need!
- Lastly, set an intention for your decluttering session. When we are radically clear with our intentions, decision making becomes effortless.
2. Take it ALL out!
You must take all of the memorabilia out from the attic, the basement and empty out the bins and boxes. If you have a large table or a few pop-up tables on hand, I recommend using them for the sorting process.
Group similar items together so you can determine how much of each category you have. For example, put all the ornaments together, all the cute handmade placemats and construction paper turkeys together, etc. If you can’t see all of your items in one place, you won’t know what to keep and what to eliminate.
3. Examine your treasures
- As you hold each piece and look at it, is there a feeling associated with the item? If you are feeling buzzy and happy then it’s most likely a keep. If you are feeling guilt or fear, most likely it is something that can go. When something feels energetically heavy, the body lets us know.
4. When you say things like…
- “I have to save it for my kids”
- “So-and-so gave it to me so I have to keep it”
- “I will feel guilty if I give it away”
- “I’ve never really liked this but I keep it because...”
…you aren’t empowering yourself. You are keeping things out of convenience or obligation and that never feels good. Set yourself free by claiming and keeping only what you love!
5. Lastly... let it go
When you have made a clear decision that you are ready to release an item, it has to leave your home as soon as possible. A few options on how to remove it:
- Offer it to a family member.
- See if any local charities or groups in your area need holiday decor (nursing homes, schools, a new business).
- There is feature on Facebook called “Buy Nothing” where you can connect with people in your neighborhood that may want or need exactly what you are offering.
- There are SO many responsible sharing networks today! Freecycle, Offer up, etc. Someone out there can and will use what you have!
- Remember to recycle and dispose of discards responsibly.
How you spend your energy and how much energy your holiday decor holds is something worth thinking about as we enter the celebratory season. As you go through your annual decluttering process, remember there is no “rule” that says you have to use holiday items once a year.
Create community, gather your tribe and use your china and silver throughout the year. Let the piece you love live a good life and let the rest go with ease.
I’d love to hear about your ritual! What did you do? How did you do it? Was it easy? What were the challenges? How do you feel post releasing? Connect with me in the comments below.