I’ve cleared a lot of unused items from my home over the years since becoming a minimalist. Many I’ve donated, and many I’ve given to friends.
I always try to remember to tell my friends, when they receive my cast-offs or gifts, “Don’t feel obliged to keep it should you change your mind.”
Gifts are not supposed to become burdens. When we receive things from people that love us, they’re not intended to weigh us down.
Our loved ones give us stuff to help us out. To be kind. Because they think we might like it or it might be useful to us.
So don’t ever feel obliged to keep anything you’re given.
I know a lot of people feel they must keep gifts. That’s not so. You have no responsibility to keep any items you’re given. Not ever.
If you don’t need or want something, no matter who gave it to you or how valuable it might be, let it go. Donate it, give it to someone else, or sell it.
Don’t let it weigh you down a moment longer. Because nobody ever wanted that.