• Do I love it? This is number one. If I don't love it, it's out.
• Do I use it? Sometimes I think I need something or I think I use it but in reality I don't.
• Do I feel good when I look at this object?
• Am I keeping it out of guilt or because I 'should'? i.e. was it a gift I'm afraid to let go of.
• Does this fit me in my life now? Sometimes I hang on to things for the sake of nostalgia, because it reminds me of a time I don't want to let go of. But I can let go of the object without letting go of the memory. And when all else fails, I take a picture of it and let it go.
• Am I hanging on to something for a possible future need? If I'm saving something for some magical future time I have to get real. Am I really going to wear the low cut sequined dress? Or am I really going to bake mini brioches in the great mini brioche pans I have? Sometimes I'd like to think I'm that person, but it's ok to say I'm not. It leaves space for what I really use. Even if I don't know what it is yet.
With less stuff I have less to take care of, especially when compared with a big house and a lot of people in it. Now I have more space to meet new friends, spend less time cleaning and corralling my things, I've got room to breath.
Image: Laure Joliet