As you organize, if you get stuck on whether you should keep something or part with it, ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that will happen if I let this go?”
Usually the answer isn’t so bad, and parting with the item becomes easier.
Let’s say you have piles of empty shoe boxes all over the basement or in your spare bedroom. Even though your children are grown and no longer use them for projects, they are collecting dust. They are in the way of moving more freely in the room, but you keep them because someday you might need one.
If you ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that will happen if I make a mad dash around the house, gather up all the empty shoeboxes and put them in the recycle bin, but later discover I need one?”
In this scenario, you could:
1. Ask a friend or neighbor if they have a shoebox you can have. (They will have one because they save them just as you do.)
2. You could buy a plastic shoe box size bin.
3. It’s the perfect excuse to go buy new shoes
Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?