Marie Kondo believes "The true purpose of a present is to be received"

Gifts are always given with the right intention but sometimes the things you receive don't quite fit with who you are or what you'd like in your home.

My guidance on how to deal with gifts that don't spark joy is simple: "The person buying the gift has bought it to show their love & appreciation for you - once you’ve received it with gratitude that purpose is complete. The very last thing they would have wanted would be for you to feel any burden from their gift. You really shouldn't feel any guilt in passing the gift on to a charity shop and letting someone else have the joy of finding it and buying it for their own home".

Rather than putting the gift away in a cupboard never to be seen again I always recommend opening it and trying it out, you never know it may surprise you! For example a kitchen gadget may make a mundane task easier (I'm loving my avocado stone remover!). But if the gift really isn’t for you then pass it on without guilt.

If it's a present for a child then encourage them to try it out. Monopoly may not be the latest console game that was on their list but if you unwrap it and play it together they'll appreciate the time spent with you - family Christmas memories are made when we sit down together and laugh or argue our way through who has hotels on Park Lane!

If the long stripy socks with individual toes from great Aunt Mabel aren't for you once you've tried them, then regift them so that someone can get some pleasure from wearing them - charity shops are always grateful for quality stock.

Sue Spencer is a Professional Organiser trained by Marie Kondo - if you'd like to know more about decluttering & organising your home take a look at my other posts.

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