Here's how to get rid of the things you no longer need but can't bear to throw out:
- Put them in a box with a label indicating a date two or three years from now - but don't list the contents on the label.
- Store the box in the attic or the basement, or wherever is convenient.
- Once a year, examine the labels. When you come across a box whose date has passed, throw it out without opening it. Since you don't know what's inside, you'll never miss it.
Of course, you can stop things from accumulating by getting in the habit of throwing them out now, rather than later. Every time you start to store something in the back of your closet or attic, ask yourself, "Do I really want to save this?" Discipline yourself now.
- Simplify Your Life, Elaine St. James.