Any decluttering effort should involve a thorough assessment of what your goals and needs are. After all, you don’t want to get rid of something of value, nor do you want to hold on to something that you won’t actually have a use for. In order to help you determine which is which, here are some useful questions to ask yourself:
Have I used this in the previous year? If you haven’t even picked up an item in over a year, it’s probably time to let it go.
Would I buy this today? If a particular item makes you cringe now, there really is no good reason to hold on to it.
Am I only holding on to this so I don’t waste money? Not wanting to waste money is understandable. Even so, you should consider that you’ve already wasted money by not using a particular item.
Is sentimental value the sole reason for keeping something? Unless the item in question is something that you will want to hold on to for the rest of your life, you can probably get rid of it without too much emotional anguish.
Do I have something else that serves a similar function? If you have two items that are a lot like each other or serve similar purposes, you could probably make do with only one.
Will I realistically use this any time soon? If you don’t foresee using a particular item within the next year or so, the chances of you actually using it are pretty slim.
Does it fit my lifestyle now or in the immediate future? You need to clear up space in your life for items that will actually be of use to you. Anything else will just take up space that you could use for something more valuable.
Will I actually get around to fixing this broken item? If you haven’t gotten around to fixing something over the past several years, you probably never will.