Here's a little something to keep you in-tune when I'm not there.
These questions will help you through the process of sorting much quicker. Hang in there and trust your instinct. Your first choice is usually the right choice!
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED IT?
If you haven’t touched something in the past 12 months, chances are that you’re not going to use it in the next 12 months, (tuxedos and punch bowls, aside!). Why take up valuable space in active storage areas with items you don’t
WILL I EVER NEED THIS AGAIN?
Be honest about this one! At what point will a green shag toilet-seat cover be crucial to your survival? Watch out for those unrealistic justifications!
WHEN WOULD I NEED THIS AGAIN?
If you can picture a specific, concrete instance when you will need that bank statement from 1973 in the foreseeable future, then by all means keep it. However, “I might need it someday” isn’t a good enough rationale. Figure out when and if that someday will occur. If you can’t come up with a solid answer, confidently let it go.
WHY WOULD I NEED IT AGAIN?
Are you keeping clothes that no longer fit, appliances that don’t work, or 16 pairs of scissors when 2 would suffice? Why? A good rule of thumb is to only keep an item if it is, “beautiful, useful, or loved”. Otherwise, what purpose is it serving in your life? And what would it take to make a broken toaster useful or that scratched-up chair beautiful again? Are you willing to invest the time and effort?
WHO MIGHT ASK ME FOR IT?
People often hang onto stuff because they are afraid someone will ask them for it “someday”. If you’re talking tax paperwork and the consequences involve the IRS or the police, keep it. If not, think twice. Hanging onto an ugly lamp that Aunt Martha gave you just in case she comes to visit isn’t a sign of respect, it’s creating clutter.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I GET RID OF IT?
When you feel anxious about discarding an item, try to picture the worst thing that would happen if you got rid of it.
Let your imagination run wild, your “worst case scenario” probably isn’t that bad. Will the world end if you toss out that ring binder you haven’t used since college? Nope.
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