said it best: "We love stuff. And a house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff!" The biggest stumbling block in decluttering your home is that need to keep things with the reasoning, "Oh, I use it from time to time." But how often do you really use that item?
The Simple Dollar
suggests a neat little trick to figure out whether an item is really worth storing or not. Just like you would throw out a carton of milk if it was past its "best before" date
, try labelling your infrequently used items with a similar expiration
The next time you come across something which you don't use, mark it with a masking tape
and write a date one year into the future. That's the item's "expiration date" for your home.
In the future, if you come across an item that has passed its expiration date, then it's time to sell it, recycle it or trash it.
"There's no reason to keep around items that you use less than once a year. If you use something that infrequently, then the financial value of that item is more than whatever usefulness it has for you," The Simple Dollar says.
This hack could also be implemented with a sticky note
or a label maker
, if you prefer either of those.
Starting Over From Scratch
| The Simple Dollar