Why we keep what we keep:
Why do we keep things we don’t need? When this questions was posed to Americans, the most popular answers to this question were the following:
“In case I will need them someday.” This isn’t usually a realistic reason. If you aren’t using it now, chances are, you won’t use it in the future either.
“I’m keeping them for sentimental reasons.” Lots of people save things because they connect them to the past. We often think of objects as part of who we are, and we are afraid of throwing away the past. Afraid we will forget the past if we get rid of things that symbolize it for us. Maybe they connect us to a person who is now gone. It’s important to remember that some things are worth keeping for sentimental reasons. You need to figure out if it’s a reason or an excuse.
“I’m planning to sell them.” We are often fooling ourselves, thinking that what we have is more valuable than it really is. The other problem is that we never get around to actually selling it.
“I feel guilty getting rid of them.” Some people feel guilty letting go of things that have been given to them as gifts. The other reason people feel guilty is that they spent money on something, and getting rid of it feels wasteful.
“I might want to give it as a gift.” Again, this may never happen, and the truth is, most often, we want to choose something personal and new to give to our loved ones. So these things are most likely to become something that just stays in the closet or the drawer and we forget about them.
Which of these reasons or excuses do you identify with? Is it time to clear out some stuff? What will you keep, and what will you give away or donate? What will you store? Eagle Self Storage is here for your storage needs when you decide what you really need to keep.