Techniques for discarding

One more from the wise folks in the 43 Folders Google group, here's Vicki Brown:

Ask yourself –
      if I lost this, how would I feel?
      do I remember having this?
      does this item give me any good (or bad) feelings?
      do I know someone who could use this?

Sometimes I put things in a box or a file folder for a while. If I don't go back and retrieve them, I know I can get rid of them. My Dad used to clean the house like this. He'd toss things into boxes and take the boxes to the basement. If no one said "Has anyone seen my _______" after a month or two, he'd toss the boxes.

Do you have a chapter of Freecycle where you are? If you feel that someone else will get use out of your "stuff" you may feel better about getting rid of it.  Or, Salvation Army, Goodwill, other charitable thrift shops will often come get things. No extra work for you, nothing in the landfills, and maybe a tax deduction.

Author: dinahsanders

Author. Discardian. Defender of life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. she/her

One thought on “Techniques for discarding”

  1. Two things that have helped me with Discardia. Friends and I have a “Hand Me Over” club where we give one another items we no longer need or use but that others like. We are all around the same age so we can’t call them hand me downs. Another idea is putting items/clothing that is clutter or no longer wanted out on the parking strip with a free sign. Neighbors have made good use of this. Of course there is the one item in the house, two items tossed rule.

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