Annual Purging Guide

It’s a new year and time to put the “out with the old, in with the new” saying to good use around the home—especially in those small New York apartments. Over the course of last (and perhaps previous) year(s), we’ve all accumulated furniture, knickknacks and clothes that we might not need or want—either now, or perhaps never. What better time to go through your things and either donate, store or get rid of items you hardly or never use. If you’re not sure how to start, ask yourself these questions to decide what to purge:

What is the item’s condition?

If the condition of an item is beyond repair and you know you can’t restore it to its original glory or some kind of respectable glory, it’s time to rid yourself of it.

How much do I use the item?

If you haven’t used an item for a year, chances are you won’t for another year (or two, or three) so consider either donating or storing it.

Am I done with it?

Get rid of newspapers, periodicals and magazines that you’ve already read and will no longer use. If some are collector’s editions and you’d like to hold on to them, consider putting them away in a storage unit.

How much do I like the item?

If you don’t really like an item of clothing or object and are only holding on to it because you feel you should—either because of its quality or cost—then perhaps think about donating it to someone who will cherish it more than you. Don’t feel obligated to like something you don’t.

Is it even mine?

Sometimes we end up storing things that aren’t even ours, like that hat our friend left in our apartment last winter and decided she no longer wanted back. If you use it, that’s great. But if it’s just sitting in a closet in no man’s land, it’s time to find its next home.


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