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Should You Give That Away?

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should-i-give-that-awayIf you are a packrat, you should start to ask yourself these questions.

Of course you want to keep mementos, but everything you’re hoarding isn’t an object of remembrance. Get rid of the clutter taking up room. You don’t have to throw it away, though. Depending on what the item is, you can pass it along to a sibling, give it away to a friend, or to give it to someone who will make better use of it than you. But should you give it away?

Here are the questions to ask yourself when you’ve held on to something for quite some time. This is how to know when to give it away.

Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out

Clothing and Accessories

  • Do I wear it?
  • How long has it been since I’ve worn it?
  • How long have I had it?
  • Can I fit it? Is it in style?
  • Is it not easily visible as the other pieces in my wardrobe?
  • Do I ever see myself wearing this again… in the next week or two?

If you’ve answered no to any three of these questions, it’s time to say goodbye. If it has been six moths to a year since you’ve worn an item, stop letting it collect dust and just give it away. Even if it’s “out of style”, a vintage lover, or your younger sister enjoys it more than you, find a way to recycle or give it away.

Household items

  • Do I use it?
  • How long have I had it?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • How many times have I used it?
  • Does it have batteries?
  • Is it plugged in?
  • Is it visible as the other like items? (Are there any like items?)

If you have answered no to a few of these, haven’t used the item in the past few months or longer, can count on one hand how many times you’ve used it, it’s time to get rid of it and pass it along to someone who will use it.

Heirlooms, decorations and knickknacks

  • How long has it been in my possession?
  • Is it visible to me or any guests that enter?
  • Does it live in a certain place?
  • Does it match my decor?
  • Did I purchase it?
  • If not, who gave it to me?
  • Does it hold true significant value?
  • If so, why is it important for me to keep it?
  • If I placed it out of site for a week, would I notice?

If your something has a definite place in your home and/or in your heart, then keep it. Because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s bad. And if it’s very new then it’s OK to hold on to it. Never give away anything that you will miss dearly and think twice about. Only give away something you don’t have a connection with and does nothing for you or your home.

It’s natural we want to keep things but everything can’t be kept. Keep what you wear, use, can see, and is special.

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