Thanks largely to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Marie Kondo鈥檚 KonMari method, it seems like minimalism was everywhere we turned last year. Even Emily Gilmore got in on the trend in Netflix鈥檚聽Gilmore Girls reboot. Watching the queen of Hartford herself ask, 鈥淒oes this bring me joy?鈥 of every item in her opulent home was quite possibly the highlight of the season. Still, we had to wonder if there are other criteria to consider when deciding whether or not to let go of an item we鈥檝e been holding onto for a long time.

We spoke with Jacquie Denny, co-founder and chief development officer for Everything But The House (EBTH), an online full-service marketplace that allows users to auction off items ranging from couture and collectibles to home decor, all starting at 鈥 wait for it 鈥 $1. Denny has over 20 years of experience in the estate sale business, so if anyone can help us sort through our prized possessions and decide what to keep, it鈥檚 her! Keep reading to learn 10 signs it might be time to say goodbye to an item.

10 signs it鈥檚 time to get rid of it

1. You鈥檙e thinking about buying new storage space or systems to accommodate it. If your scarf collection has grown so large that you鈥檙e considering a brand-new set of under-the-bed storage bins to accommodate a new pashmina, or the only way you鈥檒l be able to hang onto that old bike is by renting a storage unit, it might be time to part with some things. Don鈥檛 let your stuff 鈥 however special it may be 鈥 control you, your home, or your relationship with your home.

2. You haven鈥檛 worn it in a year. Ah, the dreaded closet clean-out. When is it time to let go of those dresses stuffed in the back? If you haven鈥檛 worn an item 鈥 and especially if you haven鈥檛 thought about an item 鈥 in a year or more, consider saying buh-bye. There are so many wonderful organizations out there who would be happy to take your gently used clothing off your hands and give it to people who would gladly wear it regularly, freeing up space in your closet or dresser in the process.

3. You won鈥檛 be able to wear it unless you change your size. Our relationships with our bodies are difficult enough without having too-small clothes staring us down day in and day out. Stop promising yourself that you鈥檒l fit into those old jeans someday. Instead, start loving your body as it is now, and buy a pair that鈥檚 flattering today.

4. It鈥檚 taking up valuable space in your garage or basement. The minute your stuff is inconveniencing you by limiting your ability to easily park in your garage or move freely in your basement laundry room, you need to consider offloading it. It鈥檚 great to have spaces in your home that are intended for storage, but those areas should never be overrun or cramped.

5. You haven鈥檛 looked at it closely in a few years. It鈥檚 a tale as old as time 鈥 you box up collectibles from your childhood or tuck a stack of old VHS tapes under the bed, thinking they鈥檒l be fun to look at down the road鈥 and then you completely forget about them. If those items are a huge surprise to you when you find them next, it might be time to get rid of them. Don鈥檛 wait another five years to stumble upon them again. You鈥檒l simply delay the inevitable and create more work for yourself in the future.

6. You鈥檝e gone through a major life transition and no longer need it. A move, a breakup, a graduation, a wedding, a new baby鈥 each of these major milestones is a great occasion to take stock of the material items you鈥檝e been hanging onto and to decide just how necessary they鈥檒l be in the next exciting chapter of your life. Don鈥檛 weigh yourself down by staying overly attached to stuff that no longer serves you.

7. Real talk: You need to generate some extra cash. Sometimes, it鈥檚 really this simple. There鈥檚 no shame in taking control of your finances by earning cash from things you don鈥檛 need to pay for things you do. 鈥淲hen you鈥檙e struggling with finances in one area and yet, you have a houseful of things that have value, it鈥檚 time to let go and liquidate some of them,鈥 Denny says. Selling the items you don鈥檛 need anymore is a great way to facilitate fun experiences, as well. 鈥淔or me, it鈥檚 always time to let go of something when I鈥檓 thinking of planning my summer vacation,鈥 Denny reveals. 鈥淪pring cleaning brings summer vacation cash.鈥

8. You no longer feel the emotional connection to it. Family heirlooms or gifts from lost loved ones are among the most challenging things to part with 鈥 and we totally get it! That being said, if the painting from your grandmother or clock from your uncle no longer makes you think of the special person who gave it to you, it may be time to reconsider its place in your daily life.

9. You aren鈥檛 actually using it enough to feel its sentimental value. Again, we know parting with family heirlooms can be tough. But, as Denny says, 鈥淥nce you鈥檙e putting things in closets and drawers and never interacting with them, it鈥檚 time to let go.鈥 Instead, she suggests creating a memory book. Put photos of sentimental items that you no longer use or own into a single book so you can more proactively page through and admire them when you need a nostalgia fix.

10. You find that you鈥檙e waiting to incorporate it into your next house or apartment. Resist the urge to stockpile furniture or other home decor items that may or may not work better in your future home. In the meantime, that stuff is just taking up space in your current place, and by the time you move, you may not even like it anymore!

Don鈥檛 forget: When you decide to take the leap and offload the items that fall into any of these categories, it doesn鈥檛 mean you have to throw them away. 鈥淟etting go can either be selling them or donating them,鈥 Denny says. 鈥淭here鈥檚 a time and a season for each. Usually, right around tax time is when I think about donating, because I need a tax write-off.鈥 Seems like spring cleaning is great for multiple reasons.

When do you let go of something you鈥檝e been hanging onto for a long time? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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