Have you ever donated something that you wish you hadn’t? Have you ever had to repurchase something that you donated? Have you ever had to repurchase your item back from the donation store or from the retailer itself?
I certainly have had some donation remorse, but time heals all wounds and I have eventually gotten over it all in time. To help prevent this from happening I have a bag of things that I would like to donate, most things stay in there once they have been put into this bag but sometimes a thing or two does make its way back into my home, but I try to go donate things twice a year. Once in the spring and again around Christmas. This way I have time to consider, and reconsider as well if I really want to get rid of it.
This is one way that I like to prevent things that on second thought that I don’t want to be donated but at the same time, I think that some things can be repurposed or gifted to someone else that you may know. Someone else's trash is another person’s treasure.
There are many ways that you can go about getting your things back no matter what you do with them. If you happened to gift something away, just communicate with this person and let them know that you want/need this item back and I am sure that they will be more then happy to give it back, if not then I am sure that you can go online and find a new one.
It is always a good thing that you are getting things out of the house and there are so many different ‘rules’ or ‘games’ that you can do to help you make sure that you are getting things out of your home regularly especially with how advertisements are hard to get away from.
I know it can be hard to let things go at the end of the day, but I think that it is always a better idea to get rid of things. I mean it served its purpose already which was the reason why you wanted to get rid of it in the first place right?
Remorse is just an emotion that will heal in time. There are always other options and choices that you can do to help with this remorse. Ultimately thank the item for being in your life and what it has done for you. There are always new things coming into your life and you want to make sure that you are making space both in your home, heart and in your mind for it.
Stuff is just stuff. At the end of the day, how regularly did you use this item? Did you really need this item? How well did it fit? Can you purchase it again either from the store or from a retailer? Can you really live without it? How has your life changed since it has been out of your home?