Do you have too much stuff in your house & garage? Is it time to remove some of the clutter that’s been taking up too much space? Before throwing or giving anything away to make clutter vanish, you’ll have to decide what to get rid of and that can be a difficult task. There are guidelines, checklists if you will, that can help you decide which clutter is right for you; that is what makes sense to keep and what you can bother to eliminate for more room.
When deciding on tossing an item out the first thing to ask yourself is “Do I still use it?”
Is the item something that on occasion you will use such as seasonal items that get used at least once every year? If every now & then you do use the item it can be placed in the save pile because if you do use it and throw it out when the time comes that you need it you’ll either have to replace it, find an alternate solution or do without.
The second question to ask yourself is “Is the item an absolute necessity?”
Is the item something you can do without, which leads to “If you threw the item away would you miss it or would you remember it after a few days?”
The connection felt to some items is so strong getting rid of it could make you miserable while others living in the household may only roll their eyes at it. So ask yourself this “Does the item have a special meaning for you?”
The item could be something like a childhood favorite blanket or a box of letters from a secret admirer when you attended school. An item that you wouldn’t remember if you got rid of it will probably be in line with something you never think about something like a drawer full of socks all worn thin in the heels with holes in the toes.
Now ask yourself “Is the item replaceable?”
The sock drawer example can refer to this. Socks can be replaced.
Follow by asking “Is it valuable to you? Does it have monetary value? Is the item a collectible?”
Perhaps the item is a box of comic books or baseball cards.
If the item has value on a personal level or monetary value “Is it something you would want to pass on when you die?”
Perhaps the item belonged to another family member and was passed down to you now you may want to do the same.
Another option to ask is “Would you want to be buried with it?”
It might be that you have a collection of rings that you cherish and when you die you would like one placed on every finger to take with you when you are buried.
A couple of final things to think about before placing an item in your toss or give away pile is “Is the item something someone else could use at this time or would be a blessing in someone’s life?”
If the item is something that didn’t make it in the to keep pile give it some thought as to maybe there is someone you know who could use or benefit from it.
“Recycle what you or no one else wants.”