How to let go of sentimental items when leaving Hong Kong

There are many important things to take care of when moving home. From saying goodbye to friends and family, to packing your belongings and hiring a moving company HK. It is important to be prepared and well-organized. That way it all won’t be that hard and tiring, or stressful. But one of the hardest things when moving home is deciding what to leave behind. And there is usually a lot of stuff that you can and should leave behind. It’s important to know how to let go of sentimental items when moving home. So that you can actually do it, and have a fresh start in your new home. Here is how to part with your belongings that you are connected to but should leave behind.

Ask yourself the important questions

One of the best ways to get rid of sentimental items is to ask yourself a few important questions. It will help you determine why you are keeping the thing. And that will help you decide to let go of it. So, firstly ask yourself why am I keeping this? Then ask if you would leave this to be someone else’s responsibility. And would someone else get more use from it than I would? Oftentimes asking these questions and getting the answers helps people to get rid of a lot of things of sentimental value. And it might help you too. So do that as a first step in the process of letting go of sentimental items.

Young woman using a notepad to evaluate and decide how to let go of sentimental items
Take some time to ask yourself the right questions of why you are keeping each thing

Don’t let guilt be the determining factor

Oftentimes people confuse guilt with a sentimental connection to something. Whatever the reason for guilt might be. For example, maybe someone gifted that item to you at your wedding, and you can never bring yourself to throw it away. Despite never intending to use it. So it’s just taking up space and always will. The reality is that they have forgotten about the gift by now, and you should let go too. And get rid of that item. It will feel empowering to finally do something about that by getting rid of it and making space for something that you like and that is going to make you happy. So let go of guilt and get rid of all the things that guilt made you keep before moving out of Hong Kong. It will be hard, but you will feel relief and you will be happy that you did it.

A good way to let go of sentimental items is to digitize them

This is a great compromise for getting rid of old things and keeping them at the same time. You can save digital copies of things like photographs. It will not only save you space, but it’s also going to preserve the photos better. Since there is no risk of them getting damaged once they are in digital form. You can make beautiful digital albums of photos. Also, you can save digital copies of documents, certificates, and anything else on paper really. You can also:

  • Take pictures of things that you like but don’t necessarily need to bring with you
  • Transfer old VHS tapes and CDs to digital media, upload it all to the computer
  • You can do the same with Diaries, journals, and scrapbooks
Young woman using a laptop to digitize some of her belongings
Digitizing some of your belongings will let you keep them in digital form while you get rid of the physical ones

Ask yourself if are you going to need it in your new home

One of the best ways to let go of sentimental items is to determine if you are going to be needing them. And if the answer is no, you can leave the item behind. For example, if you are moving from Hong Kong to London go through your closet and ask yourself am I going to be needing this in London? And then do that with the rest of your belongings. You will find out that you can leave behind a lot of things you are sentimentally attached to this way. And that way make space for new things in your new home.

A good way to let go of sentimental items is to keep one out of the collection

This is a good strategy for getting rid of things you are sentimentally attached to. Make a compromise and keep one out of the bunch. Whether that is your childhood stuffed animals or a collection of artwork. Keep the best one, and leave the rest behind. This way you won’t lose everything and you will keep the most important part of the collection. But at the same time, you will make more space.

Ask for help

When wondering how to get rid of sentimental items, most people don’t think of asking for help with it. But it would be a good idea to ask friends and family to help you get rid of these things. They can approach it more objectively and ask you the important questions which will help you determine what to keep, and what to leave behind. This is one of the most common moving challenges and getting some help is a great way to deal with it.

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Get some help to get rid of sentimental items, it will make the process much easier and faster

A good way to let go of sentimental items is to donate them

Knowing that your things are going to be put to good use and helping someone will help to let go of sentimental items. There are many things that you can donate, from clothes to furniture, kitchenware, and appliances. You can first check with your friends and family if they would like some of those things. Oftentimes they will want to take some of the furniture and clothes. Then you can donate the rest of your things. One of the easiest ways to do that is to use a recycling bank. Just find one that is closest to your home, and check the list of what things are allowed. You can find many organizations like that to donate your clothes, furniture, and everything else. Hopefully, this answers your question of how to let go of sentimental items, and where to do so.

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