While these are all good reasons for keeping something, using these reasons won’t help you downsize, de-clutter, or make space for other things.  In addition, while we often have aspirations to fix, read, use the parts, lose weight, etc., we don’t get around to doing it.

 

So, what can you do to help with the decision making:


1) Set aside three items a week to read, fix, sell, take apart, etc.  Spending time with these items will help you realize which are worth keeping and which are not.  

2) Keep your motivating factors for downsizing in the forefront:  

a. Someone else may get huge enjoyment from these items and may need them more than I do.

b. I don’t want my children to have to go through all of this.

3) Ask yourself: What is the worst thing that will happen if I lose out on an opportunity to use the parts, fix the appliance, or read the documents, etc.?  For example, if I have to purchase this item again, how much will it cost me?

If you still can’t decide, box the leftovers up for six months and date it for when you will open it next.  Will your feelings change after living without the items for six months?

And above all, always have fun sifting and sorting!

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