Keep or Toss?

  • Are you keeping things you don’t need or want?
  • Are you having trouble deciding what to keep and what to let go?

Take an honest look at your belongings and answer the following questions… they will help you understand why you are holding on.

DO I USE THIS REGULARLY?

We tend to keep things because they seem useful. However, consider how often you actually use them.

DO I LOVE IT?

There is no reason why the things you use daily can’t also be things you love and enjoy using. And for purely decorative items, this is the criteria.

DO I PLAN TO REPAIR IT SOMEDAY?

If you were really going to fix it you would have already.

WHAT IF I NEED IT AGAIN IN THE FUTURE?

Rent one, or borrow it from the person you gave it to.

AM I KEEPING IT “JUST IN CASE?”

In case of what? Sit down and consider what situation would cause you to need it. Chances are it’s unlikely to happen.

AM I KEEPING IT BECAUSE IT WAS EXPENSIVE?

It’s psychologically unhealthy to have a daily reminder of your mistake. Let go of the guilt. Maybe you can get part of your investment back by selling it.

WAS IT A GIFT?

The person who gave it to you obviously cares about you and would not want you to live surrounded by anything you don’t need or want. Nor would they insist on dictating your home decor.

IS IT WORTH THE SPACE IT TAKES AND MY TIME/ENERGY IN CARING FOR IT?

It’s very true that the things you own end up owning you. Are you willing to dedicate the space to it and keep it dusted?

IS IT A SOUVENIR?

Getting rid of a souvenir won’t diminish your memories, which mean more than a physical object.

STILL UNDECIDED?

If you saw this item in a store today, at twice the price you paid, would you buy it?

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