Spring cleaning is usually a good time to rid your surroundings of unnecessary clutter. It’s also a good time to think about what “enough” looks like for you. When you have enough it allows you to reallocate some of your money from buying new things to saving for financial security, creating new experiences and investing in the greater good.
But, how many jackets are enough? How many pairs of shoes are enough? How many ties are enough? There’s a good chance that you have more than you “need” in several areas, but how much do you “want”? I hope you will take some time to think that through.
If you decide to take on your closet, attic or garage this month below is a list of questions that may help you decide what to keep and what to donate.
Do I love/need it or should I release it?
- How many items in this category do I think is enough? (i.e. How many T-shirts? Pairs of sneakers? Coffee mugs?)
- If someone stole this item from me, how long would it take to notice it was gone?
- If I didn’t have this exact item, would I to buy it again within the next year?
- If I didn’t have this item, is there something else I’d use in its place?
- If someone offered me the price I paid for this item would I sell it to them?
- How do I feel when I imagine this item meeting a need for someone else?
- Would holding on to this item for one more year reduce its value as a donation?
- Might someone else find more joy in this item than I do?
- Would I give this item away to a friend that kept admiring it?
- After answering these questions do I feel more inspired to keep this item or donate it?