Psychology says we place more value on things that we consider ours. So you are not the only one having difficulties letting go. They call it the “Endowment Effect.” Humans have a tendency to over-value things when they know it’s theirs. And it’s kind of true, we have a certain connection to things that belong to us more than the things that belong to others. Apparently, that’s how we also give meaning to family heirlooms. We believe our lost loved ones and their heirlooms share a unique essence, and that if we hold onto it, we can somehow bring a person back. Items we keep serve as tangible memories, it’s quite hard to throw things away.
Are you having trouble decluttering? Have you been trying so hard to get rid of junk but you just can’t because of sentimental value? Maybe you think you might need it in the future? Whatever your reason is for keeping so many things, it’s time to let some things go. Your home is slowly, if not already, running out of space because of hoarding. Be a grown-up, and kickstart decluttering!
So, are you ready…
How do you know it’s worth keeping? Ask yourself these questions:
- When was the last time this item was used?
- Is it hard to get ahold of another one of this?
- How often is this item being used?
- Does it still work optimally?
If you haven’t used something in over two years, it’s cheaply made, and it doesn’t work as well as it used to be, it’s time to throw it out.
Here’s a list of things you might be hoarding and should clean out:
Let’s face it, if it’s been two years and you’ve been waiting for the right moment to wear your favorite skinny jeans that are now 3 or 4 sizes too small for you, maybe it’s time to put it in a box of clothes you can donate to the homeless. Fast fashion is also a culprit, some brands put out fashionable, trendy clothes, but they’re low quality and they go out of fashion real soon. Invest in timeless pieces of clothing. Stretched out underwear goes to the garbage, too.
Old, possibly rusty kitchenware
Kitchenware can be expensive, but it’s also worth it in the long haul to invest in good ones. The cheap ones can get rusty pretty easily, and you don’t even throw it out regularly. Also, if you hoard plastic utensils with hopes of using it “in the future” but never do, maybe don’t keep it.
Broken and old toys
When the kids are all grown up, they won’t miss their old toys. And kids these days have their noses stuck to screens all day. Sad, but that’s reality.
Just a bunch of broken and old things
Bent umbrellas, disposable cameras, used coloring books, yellow pages, old magazines, receipts, miscellaneous papers, ratty towels, really old bedsheets, and wires and cables that came with devices that don’t work anymore.
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