If you lost everything, what would you replace?
We know you won’t be able to replace photos if you lost everything, but of the STUFF in your home what would you replace?
For example I realized I had 3 complete china sets from my Mom and Grandparents. I kept one, gave one to a sister and one to a cousin. If you want to keep sentimental items that are FAMILY then spread them out among your family if you can.
I don’t like the way my rice cooker spits water so why do I keep it? I do not know! I need to let it go. If you can, store as little as possible. Yes we know you need the holiday stuff and perhaps a switch out from winter to summer clothes, but a lot of things we don’t need to keep because we rarely use them. Like my punch bowl. I will sell it at a garage sale. If I need one, I can borrow it from a neighbor. I lend out my card table and chairs all the time for the same reason.
Perhaps keep a box or a drawer set aside to put things that you will be taking to a charity. Once it is full, stop by the charity and get your tax receipt. Or start some boxes for your next garage sale. If you don’t like doing garage sales a gift to charity is a nice tax write off.