Clare: There is some logic to decluttering, but I tend to take the emotional approach. I am a big fan of Marie Kondo’s decluttering advice. Marie Kondo is a famous Japanese decluttering guru and a household name around the world, thanks to her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. When you’re deciding, focus on one item at a time. Look at it and ask yourself, “does this bring me joy?”. It sounds a bit silly, but you’ll know right away.
For example, if it’s an ornament you found at a great antiques fair in a colour that you love, it will likely make you feel happy. If it’s an old side table with a wobbly leg that you bought because it was in the bargain corner, even though you don’t like the colour, it probably won’t fill your heart with joy. Equally, that gift from your ex is only going to bring back bad memories!
Amelia: If the item has no purpose and you haven’t used it in over a year, I would throw it away. If the item is sentimental, then definitely keep it, but maybe have one draw or box just for these items.