Too Much Stuff

So during National Organising Week.... a lot of it comes down to culling unecessary extras ie to cull clutter and avoid hoarding.
Here's a great blogpost I found by Professional Organiser Rebecca Mezzino at Clear Space Organising Services that can help you sort out will it stay or will it go.

Will It Stay or Will It Go? by Rebecca Mezzino

When you’re trying to reduce your belongings, it can be hard making the decision to keep or discard an item.
Here’s what I ask my clients:
1. Do you NEED it? This one is relatively easy to answer once you get the hang of it. If it’s a bike bell and you don’t have a bike, you probably don’t NEED it. Notice I didn’t say “want”. Be careful you don’t confuse the two – western society has a pretty warped sense of need these days.
2. Do you USE it? If you don’t need it you still might use it. I don’t NEED a white coat and a brown one, but I do use both of them regularly throughout winter.
3. Do you LOVE it? Is it neither a necessity nor used? Is it a teacup that belonged to your grandma’s special set? Not needed, not used, but certainly treasured.

If it fails all these tests, then it has no place in your life. Period.

Be careful: it’s at this point that the “other” criteria pop up in your head because fear kicks in….
“I might need it one day”
“I really should finish that project; I’m a failure if I just discard it now”
“What if Cath notices the frame that she gave me isn’t on display anymore”, or
“But I spent good money on it and now I’m wasting that money by giving this item away”.
None of these are good enough reasons to keep something. Don’t let the fear take over.
If you don’t need, use or love it, it’s making life that little bit harder for you. That little bit more cramped, that little bit more complex. Let go of the fear and experience the freedom!

Embrace the idea of less stuff so you can have more of life.