After the Break-Up: What Do You Do with The Stuff?

April 18 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Break-Up Advice | 6 Comments
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Whether you were in the relationship for 10 years or 10 days, you still must decide what to do with the gifts and mementos from your time together. By removing relationship mementos from your living space and places where you see them daily, it will allow you to get over the break-up sooner and move on with your life.

Gather It
Grab a box and start your sweep. Go from room to room. Collect pictures, jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs from trips—anything that reminds you of your ex. Don’t forget to gather items you may have at work, and in your car or garage.

Sort It
Divide the practical from the sentimental items. A practical item, like a happy anniversary toaster, is still useful. Decide if it’s something you can have around and use for what it is and not have it trigger an emotional response. If you have strong emotional feelings about an object, you’re better off getting rid of it.

You have several options to consider:

Store It
If you’re the kind of person who has a memory box of items from high school, you may want to box up the special objects from your relationship and store them for a time when you can take a trip down memory lane and not burst into tears or fits of rage.

Donate It
If you can’t stand the thought of having anything around that reminds you of your past relationship, consider donating items to a shelter, service organization, or church. Someone else will be happy to have them.

Sell It
Have a yard sale. Take it to a pawn shop. Offer it on Ebay or Craigslist. Take it to a consignment store. With the money you make from selling your old relationship mementos, go somewhere or buy something that makes you happy.

Trash It
You may have the overwhelming urge to smash, burn, shred, or break every object that reminds you of your ex. And that’s ok. If you think taking the path of total destruction will make you feel better. Do it.

No matter which option you choose, getting rid of your past relationship mementos will bring you one step closer to starting your new life.


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  1. I’d rather throw them away… or burn them. Just kidding. Yeah, I’d sell them. Not only did I got rid of those things but I also earned money.

  2. I had a few urges to smash some things, but I ended up tucking them away in a memory box with other random stuff. Now I can look back at it and remember the good times without having any emo reaction.

  3. Just nipped over here from WOW to read your humorous bio – hilarious, you were right to keep it and thanks for all the tips over there. Just thought I’d mention that your link to a ‘personalized copy’ isn’t working – I wanted to check out that option to see how feasible it would be as I’m putting together my own marketing package [steep learning curve] Wishing you all the best.

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