Very often during spring cleaning, we tend to find items that we hardly see or have even forgotten about them. This through clean up of the home allows us to discover many different things but truthfully, most of us have no idea what to do with them. Do we keep them in the storeroom or do we chuck them? If we need them in the future and we chuck them, it will cost us quite a fair bit of money. If we do not ever need them and decide to still keep them, it will take up a lot of precious space. Fret not! Below are some questions to ask yourself that might be able to help you make the right decision.
Question 1: Will I ever use it again?
This is the most important question and should always be asked first. Will I ever use it again? If you had no recollection of the items until only now, there is a high chance that you will never need it again. Naturally, if you need it, you will definitely be seeing it very often. As a rule of thumb, if you did not use the item for more than half a year, you probably won't use it again.
Question 2: Can it be replaced by something else?
Another question you should ask yourself is whether the item can be replaced by something else. Take for example a huge radio set that is kept in storage. Can the radio be replaced by another item such as a smaller multi function dock mp3 player? If yes, you should be chucking the old huge radio away since there is something that is smaller which can easily replace the old one.
Question 3: How often will I use it in the future?
If your answer to the 1st question is yes, then you will need to answer this question. How often will you use it in the future? If it is something that you only need to use once yearly, you might want to reconsider your decision. Keeping something that is hardly used and allowing it to take up space is a huge mistake.
Question 4: Why am I keeping it?
Why are you keeping it? This question applies to all of the items. Are you keeping it because it is useful or are you keeping it purely for sentimental reasons? You may have discovered a large glass bottle filled with hand folded stars from your secret admirer back in school. However, there is no other purpose of it other than sentimental value.
Above are 4 questions that you should ask yourself to decide whether to keep or chuck items. Improper planning and packing can lead to inefficient usage of space and this can cause you to spend unnecessary money to obtain extra space.