Austin Junk Hauling: Why You Can’t Just Throw Away Those Jeans from High School

Posted: July 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Admit it. You have at least a couple of items in your home that you know you should have Imagethrown away long ago that you just can’t manage to pitch. Maybe it’s a pair of jeans from high school that you swear you’ll be able to fit into again one day. Maybe, it’s some of your grown child’s junk they left behind when they moved out. Maybe, it’s a dozen cheap plastic souvenirs from vacations 20 years ago.

Whatever it is, you know it’s cluttering your home and that it’s time to get rid of it, but every time you go to throw it away, you stop yourself. Why can’t you just throw away those stupid jeans?

Psychologists are quick to point out that we frequently associate the junk we can’t throw away with memories. It’s not the jeans or even the way they remind you of how skinny you use to be, that you can’t get rid of – it’s the high school memories that you want to hold on to. In the same way, you can’t get rid of a grown child’s junk, even though you know they don’t want it, because you miss them. Holding on to their junk is a way of holding on to them.   

In fact, hoarding disorder occurs when a person is unable to distinguish between items with reasonable sentimental value, such as the ones listed above, and items with unreasonable sentimental value, such as when a hoarder becomes attached to trash.  

Since we are an Austin junk hauling company, you’re probably expecting a few tips now on how to get rid of these items, but instead we have just one piece of simple advice – just keep them!

Yes, we know it seems counter intuitive, but if these items make you happy, if they remind you of the precious past and the junk isn’t interfering in your life and you don’t want to throw it away, than don’t. Cut yourself some slack – it isn’t hurting anything. 

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