Keep or Toss?

Making Decisions Easily

Author Donna Smallin gives us this helpful list in her book Organizing Plain & Simple. Donna Smallin is one of my favorite organizing authors. I’ve read several of her books. They are practical, an easy read, and simple to understand.  

  • Have I used this item in the past year?
  • Has anyone else in my home used it in the past year? 
  • Do I have a definite use for this in the foreseeable future? 
  • If it’s broken , is it worth my energy and time and money to fix it? 
  • Does this item serve a worthwhile purpose in my life? 
  • Do I need to keep it for legal or tax purposes? 
  • Is it more important to me to keep this item that to have the space it occupies? (my favorite)
  • Do I love it?
  • Does someone in my house should love it? 
  • Would it be difficult or expensive for me to get another one? 
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