We all have too much stuff. The fact is, we never use 80% of what we own.
Below is a top ten list of reasons to help you make the decision to “get rid of it”:
- You don’t need it anymore – You’re over it.
- Someone else does need it – Cell phones, for example, are frequentlly refurbished and given to victims of domestic violence.
- There’s just too much stuff – If there’s no place to put it, get rid of it!
- It doesn’t work anymore – FYI, chances are the parts can probably be recycled.
- It doesn’t fit you anymore – Whether you’ve lost weight or gained weight, whatever the case may be, get rid of it. You can get a tax deduction for donations.
- It no longer suits your lifestyle -You’re moving, redecorating or downsizing or, you’re just ready for a new look.
- You can get value from it – Sell it on e-bay, donate it and get a tax deduction, have a garage sale or set up an estate sale.
- Less stuff makes your life easier. There’s less to clean. Getting rid of clutter will reduce housework by 40%.
- It’s expired -Oh, just get rid of it.
- Because “Less is More” -Ludwig Miles van der Rohe
If you’re still not sure whether you should get rid of it or not, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Is the information still current?
2. Can the document be duplicated if needed?
3. What is the worst thing that can happen if I get rid of it?
4. Is it a duplicate?
5. How long do I need to keep it?
6. Do I need it for tax, legal, insurance, or warranty issues?
7. Can I find the information some place else?
1. Do I love it?
2. Does it fit?
3. Is it too worn?
4. Is it out of style?
5. Do I feel great in it?
6. Does it match anything else?
1. Is it broken?
2. Do I use it?
3. Will I really need it?
4. Does it make others happy to see it?
5. If I keep it, will I remember I have it?
6. If I was moving, would I want to pay to have it packed and shipped?
7. Can I borrow or purchase another one if I need it?
8. Does it make me happy?
9. Am I keeping it because someone else gave it to me even though I don’t like it?
So, get started today by getting rid of the things that either have no value (sentimental or monetary) or no longer have a place in your life. Ready, set, go!