rationalising and the concept of amnesty Aug 19, 2012 11:16:48 GMT -5
Post by scribbliz on Aug 19, 2012 11:16:48 GMT -5
something else to ask here, if a friend desperately needed said item (in this case shoelaces) how much would it cost me to run out and get her new ones? Is there a store nearby that sells them? Will they be expensive or not? your friend deserves new items anyway, and so do you!
I ask those questions about items I keep in case someone else needs them, but also if it's an item that I think I might use in the future. Will I use this again? If I think I might, how much will it cost to replace? Will it be EASY to replace??? I kept an old sewing machine of my grandmothers (from 1932) because it worked. I used it maybe once a year, but the cost of replacing it (even with a new one) would be over $100 (so more than I had) and to find one I could afford would not be easy. So that I kept. On the other hand, I know people who rinse and reuse ziploc bags (except those used for storing mean) and I felt guilty for throwing mine out for a while. Then I realized it costs me less than $5 to replace them and the grocery store where I get them is less than 15 minutes away...inexpensive and easy to get; so those I throw out. I probably will use more ziploc bags, BUT in the end it takes less time, and effort, and very little money, to replace with new when I need more, that I chuck.
That is I think the biggest way I rationalize it. Like dtesposito said, run the numbers? Will I use this? Or do I have way more than I will ever need? How many do I really use or how often do I really use it?? Can I replace it easily and inexpensively? How long is it going to sit there taking up space that could be MY space?? Will anyone in my household use this? Will any of my friends have a use for this? If a name of a friend immediately jumps to mind, call them. Ask, I have this item, and thought of you? I was about to throw it out, do you want it? If they say no, chuck it, if they say yes, are they going to pick it up? If yes, great, they have until a specific date (shorter time frame the closer they are) to come get it. If no, are you willing/going to ship it or drop it off?? give yourself a time limit on that too. If it's past the limit, out it goes.
hugs and prayers!