Sometimes I would do what I suggest to my workshops when people complain that they feel overwhelmed: Leave the house and go to a cafe for coffee, diet Coke, or something stronger. Take out a notebook and mentally go through each room. You don’t always have to physically see something to make a decision about it. You know very well what they are.
When I was feeling stymied, I would do it and come up with a list that looked something like this:
Bridesmaid dress No reason good enough to keep it.
Animal cookie cutters I might use them--if I ever made cookies.
Throw pillows that no longer No reason good enough to keep.
Past hotel brochures I might want to write a travel story about the area; offer them to other people; take a walk down Memory Lane.
And so on. Even for the things for which I had a rationale, writing it down in black and white made me see it for what it was. Was I really going to make miniature giraffes and lions anytime soon? It was about as likely as making new covers for those throw pillows--and I didn’t even try using that as an excuse.
Writing items down and the possible reasons for keeping them helps to objectify whatever it is. It’s like moving an old lamp out of the corner where it has stood for years and into the light of a hallway. Doing that strips the lamp of its past connotations and emotional baggage and helps you see that the cord is frayed, it’s no longer your style, and it goes through light bulbs much too quickly. It no longer has history on its side--it’s only been in the hall for five minutes.
Once you objectify physical things or anything else in your life, you can see more clearly what it is and how to handle it.
I’d love to post some examples of your “No good enough reason to keep” stuff! It's always interesting to see whar other people are attached to and why.