Out with the old

Out with the old

The end if the year is fast approaching. Now is a great time to consider what you can get rid of, what with the new things that may be coming into your space over the holidays. When you can take the step to part with the stuff you don’t use, then you’ve taken a step towards opening up space for other things, that you might use regularly.

How much “stuff” do you have, just kind of stashed in various places?  Maybe the attic, or the top shelf of a closet, a spare room, the garage, or a storage shed?  Why do you have all that stuff?  It’s stashed isn’t it?  Probably in places that are hard to get to, kind of up and out of the way.  I am going to guess it’s either something you think may have value in the future, something you think you may need to use sometime, or something with family history.

As someone who has researched my family history and values all those old pictures, documents, knick knacks, and pieces of furniture – let me say “Please honor, respect, and keep you family heirlooms!”  As for the “stuff” you think may make you rich in the future, I can’t speak to that, I don’t really follow that market.  I guess whether to hang on to it and how long, depends on the space you have to store it, or the desire you have to move it around, if you relocate.

However, as a former Army Brat who moved every three years, I can speak to that “stuff you might use some day”.  This is where “Out with the old!” comes into play, for me.  It is my belief that, if you have something stored in a box for over a year and haven’t touched it, you haven’t missed it and it’s time to get rid of it. 

My husband is a great example of the “I might need it” system.  We have bookcases in our bedroom that are OVERFLOWING.  His office is FULL of books, to the point of many stacks around the room.  He tells me, often, “I need to get rid of some books.”   He actually got rid of about four bookcases worth a few years ago, but he’s got more purging to do.

Some of you might not feel comfortable with my rule of thumb, one year.  Go ahead and make it two, or even three, but seriously, if you haven’t used something in three years, isn’t it time to get rid of it?

*Note: If your “stuff” is something that may be useful to someone else, consider donating it instead of throwing it away.