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Choosing Which Items to Keep During House Cleaning

Choosing Which Items to Keep During House Cleaning

We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of a proper house cleaning — dusting’s going great, vacuuming’s no problem — but what do you do about all the clutter? In this stuff-happy world, the average American home is practically overflowing with stray items, old clothes, and seldom used appliances. Sometimes, it seems like half of the house cleaning process comes down to figuring out what to keep and what to toss.

Many of us find this process difficult. And no wonder! It goes against our instincts to give or throw things away. Despite that, deep down we all know that we could use a little less stuff and a little more space.

So to help make the keep-or-toss decision easier, the house cleaning experts at Maid Right have put together this short how-to guide. Happy cleaning!

Create Categories for Different Items

We value different items in different ways. A handheld vacuum might be worth more in cold hard cash than a dog-eared copy of your favorite novel, but that doesn’t mean that it’s worth more in your heart. One of the easiest ways to create a smoother house cleaning process is to create different categories when trying to figure out which items to keep or toss.

Maid Right’s house cleaning experts suggest using the following categories:

  • Books, Movies, & Audio. Ditch out-of-date formats and ask yourself how likely it really is that you’ll re-watch that one DVD or that you’ll ever crack open that one book.
  • Papers & Documents. Determine whether these are important and need to be kept (major receipts, tax information, medical files, etc.) or if they can be easily shredded and recycled.
  • Resist the urge to keep back-ups of tools and appliances. The amount of storage space sacrificed when you own a second, worse version of every appliance is rarely worth it.
  • Sentimental Items. While these items are often worth more in sentimental value than cash value, it’s important to carefully evaluate how much each one really means to you.

Use the “Buy It Again” Test

One of the best ways to decide whether or not to keep or toss an item when house cleaning is to ask yourself: “If I lost this item, would I pay the cost of buying a new one to recover it?” This can be an excellent test for sentimental items, since you’ll often discover that the sentimental value of an item is a lot lower for you than you otherwise suspected.

Of course, this isn’t a perfect test, particularly for high-cost, big-ticket items. After all, just because you can’t afford to buy a brand new diamond necklace doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hold on to the one your grandmother gave you. But for high-price items with non-sentimental value — like a fishing boat that hasn’t seen the water for years — you may wish to consider re-selling.

Despite these limitations, the “Buy It Again” test has become one of the most popular and effective ways to decide whether or not to keep or toss old items.

The house cleaning experts at Maid Right can’t tell you whether to keep or toss that old blender — but we can help you deal with dust, dirt, and germs. Call (855) 624-3744 today for a free house cleaning estimate.