Making more space for the things you can't throw away
Posted on Nov 26 2012 at 07:15:00 PM in House & Garden
If you have ever met a pack rat before you will understand what I mean when I refer to people who hate to get rid of their possessions. I could never relate to individuals who have such a difficult time getting rid of things that they don't even use anymore, it is after all only taking up space.
I truly believe that there is nothing on God's green earth that is worth keeping in my home if I do not have any use for it anymore. The thought of holding on to something just because I might find use for it 20 years down the road does not seem logical, but then again, that is how it starts for most people.
At the very least, if I have to hold on to something it must be properly stored and if that means purchasing extra storage cabinets then so be it. Just so there is no misunderstanding, I am not thinking about tools or electronics in my list of things that I should be getting rid of.
Part of the problem with individuals who keep things around seems to be something that can be associated with separation anxiety, where we know that we will probably never need it again, but we still want to keep it around. This is an issue that may spill over into relationships, but that is a topic for another discussion.
Keeping possessions around longer than we need them could be as simple as rearranging our things so that they don't spill out everywhere. This is where our organizational skills will come into play, if we have any. In most cases, having too many possessions and not being able to get rid of any of them can end up overwhelming us.
If you happen to be one of those people who just can't seem to throw things away, you might want to do a little research and spend a little money on additional storage space. The ideal solution would be to throw away anything that you do not use within a 6-8 month period, but even I might have a problem with that.