There’s something about this time of year that makes us more willing to clean things up and get organized. Maybe you are a little more motivated to do some decluttering now that spring has arrived.
As you are staring at your piles of stuff, you might find that you aren’t sure what to keep and what to get rid of. How do you decide what is “good stuff” and what is really someone else’s treasure?
Here are the important questions to ask yourself:
Do I love it?
In other words, does it make you smile? Would you be heartbroken if you no longer have it?
Does it enrich my life?
Enrich means adds value to your life. Does it make your life better?
Is it currently functional?
Does it work? Things that are broken need to be fixed. If you are not willing to fix it, there’s no point in keeping it.
When was the last time I used it?
One year is a pretty good rule. If you haven’t used it or worn it in the past year, the chances of using it or wearing it again are slim.
Do I have more of these?
Having multiple items when one is sufficient is a sure sign it’s time to let some go.
Could I replace it if I needed it?
We can hang on to a lot of stuff because we might need it one day. If you haven’t used it in the past year, ask yourself if you could get another one if you actually needed it at some point in the future.
Could someone else use it right now?
I bet there are people out there in the world who need this thing more than you need it stuck in your basement. Pass it along.
These questions should help you sort things into what to keep and what to get rid of. Next week I’ll share some ideas about where to send stuff if you have decided to let it go.
Please post a comment and share how you decide what stuff is good stuff.