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Seasonal Objects: An Object That Is Only Used at Certain Times of the Year

We all own objects that are used only at particular times of the year. Our SEASONAL objects are used frequently during the season they are needed, then typically packed away and stored when the season is over. SEASONAL items add great value when being used but can encroach upon valuable space when not in use. Christmas decorations add to the festive spirit in our homes whilst we are celebrating. This is a great example of a lot of items that need to be stored away during the year and brought out once the season had commenced. Activities we engage in such as sports and outdoor pastimes are season dependent. The clothing we own can be reflective of where we live and the time of the year that we wear these items. Curating these assortments of items, at either the start or the end of the season, will assist you in keeping your seasonal belongings balanced. To Keep Or Not To Keep supporter Alanna has this to say about her SEASONAL items: ‘My tree ornaments for Christmas time were growing in number every year. Last Christmas I limited myself to only hang the ones that had special meaning and I donated the rest!’

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Recreational Objects: An Object Used to Add Enjoyment to Spare Time

What we do in our spare time can be a symbol of our status, identity and our interests. When we partake in something that is ‘recreational’ it is typically after hours when we are not working. Participation in our interests adds quality to our overall life satisfaction and gives us an outlet for competence, entertainment and/or amusement. These may include sports, camping, creative pursuits, exercise and hobbies. The RECREATIONAL items are the objects, equipment or ensembles associated with our chosen leisure activities. These are crucial to the endeavour and are used in conjunction with the activity to enhance the experience. To Keep or Not To Keep supporter Dylan had this to say about his RECREATIONAL objects: ‘As a surfer I have multiple boards and wetsuits to choose from when it comes to catching waves. They are important and valuable so they are always stored in my spare room inside my home. They all add value to my life for my physical health and its always a lot of fun.’

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Given Objects: An Acquired Item Presented as a Token of Acknowledgement

A gift is something we receive voluntarily without payment in return. We give gifts to honour an occasion like a birthday or as a token to show our appreciation to someone. When we receive a gift it is usually a physical something that is bestowed upon us without us contributing any effort to acquire it. Items that we have been GIVEN are the objects that are the toughest to part with. There are many justifications for keeping these items even when the owner is not using it or doesn’t particularly care for it! How we feel about gifts we are given tend to be associated with the person whom you received it from and less about the intrinsic value we have for the item. Our fixed mindset is activated when it comes to letting go of our GIVEN objects. To Keep or Not To Keep client Margaret had this to say about how she felt about parting with some of her gifts: ‘I felt that letting go of gifts I had received were tied up with thinking how the person who gave it to me would feel if I didn’t want it anymore. Once I thought about it, I decided that this person would not want me to keep something that no longer brought me joy. The real gift was in the moment when it was given to me.’

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Essential Objects: A Critical Item That Is a Needed Necessity For Daily Living

An ESSENTIAL item is one that is absolutely necessary and considered extremely important to our daily lives. Essential items contribute to our reality by bringing comfort and practicality. They can range from our basic needs such as clothing to gadgets that assist us with daily living tasks. These vital objects will most definitely be objects to be kept in our homes. However, this is the category where we may find ourselves with an excess amount of essentials, particularly in our kitchen and linen cupboards. When we PICK our ESSENTIAL objects pay close attention to what is really needed. Filter your choices by asking yourself the Rightsize Questions to assist you in this process. To Keep or Not To Keep client Monica had this to say about ESSENTIAL items: ‘I thought this would be easy as everything was essential! Seriously, I didn’t realise how much extra I had hiding in my dining room cupboards. I really only needed one six-piece dinner set and one special set for when the extended family come for Christmas Dinner. The rest I donated to my local charity store.’

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An Introduction to Object Classification

In The Rightsize Approach PICK is the fourth stage of The 6Ps and it is where we begin the process of Object Classification. This is the HOW part of the Rightsize Ratio. PICK is when we choose an object and categorise it according to how we feel about it and/or how and when we use it. PICK uncovers our true reasoning behind why we are living with a particular object. Object Classification is the category we assign an item from a list of ten headings. When we have an understanding of what an object means to us and we know its classification we can make choices relating to ‘keeping or not keeping’ this object in our lives.

The ten Object Classifications are the following headings: Essential, Luxury, Significant, Given, Sentimental, Heirloom, Recreational, Seasonal, Legacy and Maybe. If we know what something means to us we are better able to understand why we need to keep it. It gives us a representation of what are the most valuable things we own. The Rightsizing Rule for this process is if an object is placed into two or more classifications it will be immediately become a ‘keep item’. You will appreciate this classification process when we come to our Rightsizing solutions in Chapter 11. We will be able to use the classification headings as a way to embrace our project strategies.

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