We all have had the experience of sitting down to get rid of all the junk in the garage or attic, and coming across something that hasn’t been used in years, yet we can’t seem to part with. Be it something that has the “could be useful one day” idea attached to it, or a family heirloom, we tend to hang onto these things despite the fact that they only sit and collect dust.
So how can we decide if we should get rid of them? Well, an interesting solution would be to use a Hollywood pawn shop. If the item is of any value, you can take it and pawn it. Don’t spend the money, just hang onto it for the time being. Wait a couple of weeks and then ask yourself this simple question, “Would I rather get the item back, or keep this money?” If you would rather the money, then you know the answer to the dilemma.
This is an interesting little life hack as it forces you to only partially part with the item yet you still get some sort of return. This allows you to take a more balanced look as you physically have something in your possession that takes the place of the item (in this case, the money).
Give it a try and see if it can help you to make the right decision about some of your old items.