Even though I’m a believer in you shouldn’t keep it even if you have the space, I also seem to have a few areas of my house that I just can’t seem to pare down. It’s really hard for me to get rid of these things for one reason or another. I know that I’ve been pretty good about getting rid of things, but there’s always excess somewhere.
Here are the things I can’t seem to be able to declutter:
1. Towels. We have probably over 20 towels for two adults (plus two labs). I have towels from when we first moved in together, my husband has his bachelor towels, we have towels from my mother, and we even have wedding present towels! I feel like towels are just something that you can always use. You can’t have too many towels, right?
2. Pillows, blankets, and sheet sets. Again, same thing with the towels. Not only is it nice to have towels for guests, but it’s also nice when they don’t have to bring their own pillows and blankets. I probably could afford to get rid of a few blankets and pillows and just ask guests to bring their own. It’s rare that we get company outside of my parents, and keeping two extra pillows and blankets around for them is pretty negligible.
3. My old Disney VHS tapes. My mother gave me our old Disney video tapes from when we were kids. I’ve got probably 25 videos stored in the guest room closet. We don’t even have a VCR, yet I hang onto them because maybe one day my kids will want to watch them. It’s also painful to think of getting rid of something we cherished for so long.
4. Old papers. My mom saved a lot of my school papers and drawings. When I moved into my house, she brought down 4 or 5 boxes full of papers. I felt bad when I told her I didn’t want the majority of them. There still are some old papers and drawings I have that I just can’t get rid of now.
What are some things you just can’t seem to declutter? How do you decide if it’s worth keeping it?