Time to tidy up, refresh, and declutter, right? How’s that going for you? I can hear the self-talk:
I know, it’s been in the (choose your favorite place where stuff goes to be “saved for later”) for the last twelve years, but:
It’s still got the tags on it.
It’ll come back into style.
My great-aunt’s downstairs neighbor’s brother-in-law gave it to me.
Let’s just get this right out there.
That place where you “save” the stuff that you never even look at, except when you are (theoretically) decluttering, has a name. Whether yours is a lovely walk-in closet with all the detritus neatly boxed and labeled or just a big pile-o-crap in a corner of the garage; if it’s filled with stuff you don’t use, it’s a trash bin.
It’s spring. Time to clean. Time to throw stuff away!
Commence the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Protest that it is wasteful to throw away all this “perfectly good” stuff. That’s like eating every last bite on your plate, even after you’re full – and ruining your health with those unnecessary extra calories – because you don’t want to “waste” food. Kids, whether you store it (fat or junk) or put it on the curb, it’s trash!
If you truly have things that someone else will use, donate them, right now. Do NOT store them, “just in case.” Haven’t you already yard-sale-d yourself stupid? Aren’t all your relatives self-reliant and not in need of your 7-11 Star Wars Big Gulp cup with the chip in the rim? Throw stuff away!
Perhaps it’s my inner claustrophobe, or perhaps I don’t like to dust; but I am sure that, even if there’s room to store that stuff, it’s not a good idea to keep things that we don’t use. You say you don’t want to waste anything, so you keep everything . . . well, that is a waste . . . a waste of space.
But . . . . but . . . but . . . it’s still “good.”
Shelf life is not the same as useful life. Seriously, some of those polyester leisure suits and Happy Meal toys might survive as long as cockroaches and Keith Richards – doesn’t mean you should let any of them live in your closet.
It’s spring – fling it!