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I often think of considering whether an item could be one of luxury or one of need, and accordingly make my decision. But I still struggle to let go of certain things, even though I know I can do well without them. How do you decide what things you own are the things you want to keep or get rid of?

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It all depends on YOU!

No one else can tell you what to keep, and what to get rid of.

I can say this, if you haven't used it in the last 6 months....it may need to go.
So when the day comes, and you want to make your life more simple....start giving, or selling, or just throwing all that stuff you have.
I base it on a few things:

1. Does it have sentimental value?
2. Does it have monetary value?
3. Could it come in handy in the future?

If the answer is yes, then I will usually put them in storage and then look at them again in a few months time and ask the same question.
My rule is generally if I haven't used something for 1-2 years, I don't need it and I either give it away or throw it out. I am not attached to things, so generally I don't find the process difficult.
If it has sentimental value, keep it and have it displayed in your home. If you can't do that, perhaps give it to a loved one. Have a garage sale and sell or get rid of anything you haven't used in over a year? I struggle with this too, but these are just some suggestions.
Do you need it?
Do you use it?
Do you love it?
If you answer no to all three, then throw it!

Take it to a charity shop to help some else, that way you feel better about giving it up.
For me, I start with the walls of my bedroom. I make sure that I only see what will help me through my days, and anything too old or brings back bad memories needs to go!

Then I continue with the room, cupboards to wardrobe. Spring cleaning your wardrobe is uplifting and you can easily change it up by swapping with friends if you already have a minimal wardrobe or if you have excess you can donate to a clothes drive.

One way of ending my indecisiveness involves some future bound imagination where I ask myself, "Can I see myself wearing/using/needing this in 12 months time?"

I go more of want than of need. I don't want to live a spartan life and have only the bare necessitates. I'm not materialistic, but sometimes it feels good to have something that I want and have worked for. As for declutterung "stuff". If I haven't used it for a while and don't see a need for it in the near future, I will give things away to charity. I try not to buy things that I won't put to good use as I hate seeing things end up in landfill.
I start with one room and/or area of my life at a time and go from there. Be ruthless.
I try to be as rational as possible and ask myself the following questions:
When was the last time I wore this?
How likely is it I will wear/use this again?
Does it improve my life right now?

If no to at least two of those questions, throw it out.
"If in doubt, throw it out!" I try and just get it out as quickly as I can. Makes it hard because my partner always wants to recycle everything so it sits around for longer.
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