As my 4-month purge continues, I am unearthing items that I had forgotten about. That's a clear disadvantage of having too much stuff - you don't get to actually use a lot of the things you might otherwise enjoy. Like this soup tureen my mother gave me. I think it was made by patients at the psychiatric hospital she used to work at. It's pretty and I like the idea of using it, yet I never have.
I'm sure professional organizers would say I should discard it, as it hasn't been used in the past one year, two years...but for now I am holding onto items like this that I would like to one day use. If I can get rid of enough other stuff - like the hundred VHS tapes I have now put into one big pile for sorting - then maybe I can access and use the other things that bring joy.
How do you handle items you don't use frequently (or at all)?
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