How to Make it Out Alive When Decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff That is “Liked”

There’s a massive difference between something that is loved and something that is liked. The minimalism ideology for living harnesses the power of love. In other words, the minimalist supporters state that homes should only be filled with things that are loved. There’s also the exception for things that are needed (food may not be “loved” necessarily, but it is certainly necessary).

There are also other aspects of minimalism (thinking creative, a loved career) that go beyond the scope of this article. But, minimalism does help differentiate between love and like when it comes to things in the home, and how decluttering may involve making that mental separation.

The Guilt of Unloading

All people have gotten rid of something they loved because of money or they made a bad judgment call. It feels somehow wrong as if unloading that thing brought forward some guilt and anxiety. People then hold onto everything because that feeling was so unfortunate and unnerving. This is a frustrating counter-result for people who get rid of something they loved.

Items that are “liked” can be rid of, but it takes that little leap in one’s head to say “this isn’t necessary. This isn’t loved.” Examples of loved things can include personal photographs, books, special heirlooms, movies, etc.

Who Can Say What is Loved?

No one else can judge what is loved and what is only liked when it comes to objects. Some may even argue that no objects should ever be loved and it could all be taken away, but that goes beyond the point here. When it comes to decluttering, it is smart to mentally differentiate what is legitimately loved and what is only liked and to utilize this difference to declutter, unload, and clear out.

Minimalism may go a little overboard. Anyone who still prefers owning physical books can attest to that. But, there is something truthful about surrounding oneself with items of love and items that were earned.

It may be a wonderful way to take that mental leap and to start decluttering without the guilt or frustration. Visit for more on home management, decluttering, and other areas of contemporary living and style.