Often, people find it difficult to throw out their possessions. This is understandable as they often have sentimental value. Think about a soft toy from your childhood or a handwritten letter from your friend. You cherish them and it is hard just throwing them away. Now imagine how many such items you have collected as the years go by. It is no wonder then that we should declutter our homes. However, you may be unwilling to let go of these items, so it is important to ask a few questions before doing away with treasured belongings.
Do Items Pose A Hazard Risk?
A common gripe is that your belongings take up so much space that you don’t have space to move around. This may happen if your living quarters are not spacious enough to accommodate various items or simply, that you have too many things. You may have an increased risk for tripping on items and you may fear moving around. This may subsequently affect you if you have mobility issues.
Can You Search for Belongings Easily?
This problem usually starts out small. Initially, you seem to be missing an article of clothing whilst later on, you may lose essential items like keys or remote controls. The mess in your home makes you wary of looking for items so you may find that you haven’t seen your favorite pillow in years.
Do Your Possessions Have Sentimental Value?
If you think that you collect items just for the sake of it, it may be time to let things go. This can happen when you get freebies, it may seem tempting at first to get something at no cost but the cost, ultimately is the clutter in your home.
Do You Need Extra Cash?
Having many items isn’t bad per se. In fact, it can prove to be rather useful when you find yourself strapped for cash. The junk that you perceive can be sold at a high resale value if it is deemed as vintage. Think about the old dresses and cabinets you see at thrift shops and garage sales!
How is Your Quality of Life?
If you feel that the items in your home take up so much space that you can barely breathe or feel stressed just looking at it, it may be a sign that you need to rethink your clutter. Alternatively, if you feel that your items are neatly organized, there may be no need to clear your items. There is, however, no harm in clearing out items if you feel that they may impact your quality of life.
Do You Plan on Moving out?
If you are planning your retirement and feel that you do not need so much space anymore, then it may be a good idea to do away with a few things. This can make it easier for you to move out in the long run. Even if you don’t plan to, there is no harm to be prepared to downgrade. After all, you may not need such spacious apartments.