1. It's associated with weird memories
We all have these. Maybe it's a perfume from a weird time in your life, a terrible ex's shirt that you've held onto, or a dress you wore to a disastrous party. If it brings up memories that are anything but pleasant, get it out of there for good.
2. You haven't looked at it in years, and probably never will
I graduated high school nearly a decade ago, and it was only last year that I finally tossed the ridiculous number of notes, papers, etc. that had been uselessly boxed up in the garage ever since. While that's on the extreme end, I'm sure you have a pile of junk mail that never has and never will be opened. Byeee!
3. It's broken
4. It's expired
Do you want to know how many dried up mascaras I threw out last spring? I'm not telling, but it was definitely high into the double digits. When you replace something that's nearly used up, either finish it before opening the new one, or get rid of it right then. Whether it's makeup or food in the fridge or pantry, there is no room for expired goods in your life. It's gross and taking up precious space.
5. You are NOT attending an obscurely themed costume party anytime soon
I've held on to an absurd amount of clothes, shoes, and accessories because they would be perfect for some hypothetical occasion. Space cowboy party? Covered. '80s hair band costume? Check. Authentic late '60s hippie ensemble? Options for days. Unless you have very generous parents with closet space to spare or a storage unit, it's time for most of this to go. That said, don't feel bad about holding on to a few special things or vintage designer pieces that you'll regret losing later.
6. It takes up space you could make better use of
That antique cabinet you found a few years ago or hand-me-down leather chair might be cool, but they don't fit in your new apartment. If you can't make something fit in your space, it's usually best to say goodbye. You want to maximize your space while keeping it pleasantly livable. Sell it, give it to a friend, or donate it, and you'll feel much better.
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