Most of the advice on de-cluttering, specifically in asking yourself whether or not to hold onto an item, centers around the three basics of:
Do I love it? Do I use it? Do I need to keep it (for legal reasons)?
In most Western societies, we all have way too much stuff. I’m sure there are complex reasons why most of us like to hang onto it. If you’re struggling with letting a few things go, here are some extra questions to ask yourself:
- When was the last time I used it?
Many people say a year is the maximum resting time for an item; I feel two years is a little less rigid.
- When am I next planning to use it?
Souvenirs, mementos and other memories may never feature in your life again. Do you really need them all?
- If I lost it in a fire, would I replace it?