Decluttering your home can make you feel more in control of your environment, but it can also leave you feeling sad. Sometimes, it’s simply the result of change — which is always a bit of a rollercoaster.
We often become attached to things because they remind us of something from our past. For example, a particular pair of jeans reminds you so much of an enjoyable time in your life that it’s hard for you to let them go.
The decluttering process shouldn’t cause depression. On the contrary, most experts agree that decluttering should help people to feel LESS stressed and anxious.
In order to feel better after decluttering, it may be helpful to remind yourself of your goals. Why did you decide to get rid of this item? What does having less stuff allow you to do or have more time for that you value?
If you are feeling sad after a decluttering session, you can try coping mechanisms to help improve the challenges you are facing: