For most people, spring cleaning fever is now in full force. And like most homeowners, your house is probably littered with plenty of clutter that’s best served by a trip to the garbage dump or a nearby storage facility.
There’s just one small question: How do you know what to discard and what to keep? Differentiating the two can pose quite the dilemma, especially when dealing with items that have not been touched in years.
To Toss or Not To Toss
While most people are a far cry from being a hoarder, it is not uncommon for people to become attached to their material possessions, at least to a small degree. However, it is important to remain positive and think of the big picture, which is to de-clutter your home, get it organized, and ultimately enjoy all the benefits that come with living in a clean house!
A great way to jumpstart the clean-up process and battle indecisiveness is to actually create three (not two) categories of stuff. The first will be your must-keeps; the items you know without a doubt are not being thrown away.
Mind over Matter
For obvious reasons, the next batch will be those things you definitely want to throw away.
Last comes the more difficult, undecided items. It’s a good idea to keep these separate from the others, since you may need to revisit what is in there a few times before either committing to toss or keep.
It may seem counterintuitive to have a friend or family member join in on your sentimental detachment process, but this is precisely why having a partner to assist is beneficial. This person will approach the job with indifference, and look at it from a purely functional point of view. In other words, he or she will have no problem telling you it is OK to finally discard that high school sweatshirt from 1985!
Remember, just because you are throwing things out does not mean they no longer have value. Instead of making friends with the garbage can, help a complete stranger by donating the items you don’t want to keep.
Knowing someone else will benefit (the old adage one man’s garbage is another’s treasure) will make tossing belongings easier and the process seem more positive!