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Keep or Toss?

Most of us keep more than we will ever need.  This costs valuable storage space, makes retrieval of the items we actually need more difficult and adds to the stress of daily living.  Ask yourself the following questions when deciding to keep something or not.

For Paper:

  • Are there any tax or legal reasons for keeping this?
    Shred personal data
  • Can I easily get a copy elsewhere?
  • Does someone else have this information?
    Shred paper with personal data on it, recycle other paper and file your keep papers.
  • Can I identify a situation in which I would ever refer to this information?
  • Is it still relevant to my life?
  • What are the implications if I didn’t have this?

 

For belongings:

  • Is it out of style, the wrong size or colour or mismatched?
  • Does it still work?  DO I have all the parts?
  • When was the last time I used this item and when would I need to  use it in the foreseeable future?
  • If  it is something I use rarely, could I borrow one from someone else?
  • Do I use it often enough to make it worth  the cost to store it?
  • Do I have more than one? Do I need more than one?
  • Has the collection outgrown the space or the container originally allocated to storing it?  Has the collector outgrown the collection?

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