I have a lot of clutter that is “still useful” – things like paperclips, binder clips, index cards, dry erase markers, etc. And for the longest time, I couldn’t part with these items because it’s not like it’s an old ice-cream maker or something that I really have a slim chance of using in the next few years. Some things, like office supplies, can be useful in the next week or two. But when I really sat down to evaluate how often, and more importantly, how many of each item I would put to use in the near future, it just didn’t make sense to hold onto 50 thumbtacks when I only need maybe 10.
I already gave my dry-erase board and markers to a teacher-friend of mine last weekend and I’m working on corralling all the smaller items together to give away this weekend. Maybe to a friend currently in school or to the same teacher-friend as last week.