As you work on cleaning or decluttering projects this winter, you may be wondering “What is the rule about how long to keep something when you haven’t used it in a while?”
The answer really depends on what stage of life you are in, your lifestyle, and upcoming events. For example, if you have a punch fountain or lots of folding tables and chairs, but your kids are grown and you rarely host events, they are likely items of which you can easily part and not miss.
However, if you have kids hosting birthday parties, reaching confirmation or high school graduation ages, those are items that you’ll likely use many times in the years ahead. Be very intentional and think through things. Also be honest and don’t keep things out of feeling obligated.
As far as clothes are concerned, if you haven’t worn a sweater or pair of pants once in the current winter season, you will not wear it next year. If you are holding on to items with the goal of losing weight, consider this. If you lose fifty pounds, you deserve to buy yourself a new outfit. The style and color trends of clothes change anyway, so holding on to something for more than a year or two is pointless. The only exception would be if one particular pair of jeans or pretty dress is particularly motivating for you to lose weight. Then, keep that one item only.
Donating items is a gift to others. What can you part with today that you no longer use?