When in doubt, throw it out. That’s usually what I am saying when it comes time for spring or fall cleaning. If I haven’t used it since the last cleaning, I’m probably not going to use it before the next.
The old saying is true: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
When it comes time to sort, I’ll set up three boxes: one for saving, one for donating, and one for “I’m not sure I want to part with that yet”. Along with some trash bags. This activity will take some time, but it’s worth it in the end.
This photo shows a large pile of boxes and bags of stuff that was salvaged from our house, after half of it had burned down. The items with a lot of smoke damage had to be thrown out. We found a few treasures for safe keeping; along with some items that could be wiped off and donated for a yard sale. It was a tedious project, but we made the decision that our next house would have minimal items in it.
Well, that didn’t last long because when my parents passed away, we were given the majority of the furniture because of our big basement. We also received several boxes of china that I knew I would never use, along with containers full of magnetic albums and photos.
Then my husband was diagnosed with an incurable cancer, so we decided to sell our house and move into a small two bedroom condo, with just the basics. He died before we had the house on the market; but I went ahead with the yard sale.
Looking back, I saw the blessing of him still being there to help me price all of his construction tools and his truck, along with the furniture and other odds and ends. We were able to bless many others during those two days.
The next year, with our new house sold, I moved into a two bedroom condo. I had all of my basic needs but still had the boxes of china and other memorabilia from my parents’ house. I was able to sort through the photos, and throw away the empty magnetic albums.
Now, I’m sorting through the rest of the stuff, because I’m moving in with my daughter and won’t need very much at all – my clothes, my computer, some books, and my golf clubs.
It amazes me how people will go out and rent a storage unit when there’s no more room left in their house or garage for their stuff. Why do they feel like they have to keep it? It’s time for them to adopt my saying, “when in doubt, throw it out!”
If you do this once a year, you’ll not only bless several other families, but you’re own as well. You’ll save them the headache of wondering if it was something important to hold on to for generations to come, or if it was something that was meant to bless others.
And don’t forget to throw your junk/treasures to the Salvation Army, Family Services, Goodwill, or another second-hand store.