Originally Posted by pookel
Just wondering what the rest of you do when your inner thriftiness and aversion to waste runs up against a desire to declutter. I know, of course, that many people manage to live simply and frugally, repairing things instead of throwing them out, recycling waste, reusing what can be reused, but I'm not one of those people. I'm one of the people with a house full of junk I don't want to throw out because I got it cheap at a garage sale or because it still might be useful someday. I don't want a house full of junk, but I hate to get rid of things that could be reused.
give it to someone who can use it. The people who live simply have probably learned to stay away from garage sales
As for might be useful, I only keep things if I have a clear project in mind. I also pass up future projects because I know my limits.
FE I saw an old coffee table in the trash. It COULD have been recycled into a really cool wooden castle for a kid.
1) I can't give up the storage space at this point in time
2)there's no room in my house for it anyway-it would be great for a famlly with a big house
3)I have too many other projects going on
4)there will be other coffee tables
It was very hard to say no though.
I think a part of living simply is getting (not necessarily buying) good quality stuff that will last and are really useful.
It also means NOT buying stuff just because it's a good deal. I'm trying to learn that lesson myself.