Has this ever happened to you?
You start cleaning out your closet and you bring in your bags for things to trash, things to donate, and a place for things to keep.
The first thing you come to..."Well I don't really wear this but I like it so I will keep it."
Second thing, "I didn't even know this was in here so I will keep it."
Third thing, "Wow, this has been in here forever and I've never worn it but I could...someday."
I will admit, this has happened to me more times than I care to think about. The other day as I was cleaning up a room and getting rid of some items I realized I was keeping way more than we had room for. But then I would think about all the different things like I mentioned above and back in the room it would go, even though it really needed to be cleaned out.
I think that when we clean, our frugal minds tell us these things as some kind of survival mechanism Don't fall over here, but it's almost like a hoarder instinct. "Well I'm going to keep this because it might be useful in some way some day."
It's a bad trap to fall into. Even though we want to make use of an item, many times the fact is, we just don't need to and it's causing us more harm to be keeping it than to let it go.
What do we need to do to get out of this mentality so we are able to get rid of the clutter and move on? Here's a checklist of what to do when you stumble into this situation.
- Have you used it or worn it in the last 6 months?
- Do you have a specific use for it in the near future? (Some things like Christmas gift wrap you may not have used in the last 6 months but you still need it!)
- Can you put it to use right now?
- Is it a keepsake?
- It is causing stress or unnecessary clutter in your life?
If you answered no to all of the first 4 questions and yes to the last, it's time to get rid of the item.
Be firm. Don't back out. Think back to the questions you answered above, this it is causing extra stress in your life that you don't need to deal with! You will be so much better off without it.
Plus I can almost guarantee you that in just a few weeks, (maybe even days!) you will forget that the item even existed.
Does this ever happen to you? How do you overcome the fear of getting rid of something? Share your opinion in the comments!
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