Ask yourself “Do I love it, use it or need it?” Everything you own should fit in one of those categories. The easiest one is “use it.” If you pick it up and use it often, you already have your answer. But how about love it or need it? Here are a few examples.
Grandmother’s tea cups: Those delicate tea cups hold about four ounces and you don’t have tea parties so you don’t use them. You certainly don’t need them as you’ve a kitchen shelf full of mugs you do use. But, they remind of your grandmother and you love how pretty they look. So the answer is KEEP. But make sure you keep them where you can see them and enjoy them like in a china cabinet or on floating shelves.
Boxes of old tax documents: With the love it, use it and need it questions in mind, I’m pretty sure you can cross out the love it one. You can also cross out the use it question. On the other hand, you may need it down the road in case you are audited so the answer is KEEP. Just make sure it is labeled with the dates. If you’ve lots of boxes of old papers, check with the person who prepares your taxes and ask how far back you should keep things.
Until next time …