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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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Heirloom Objects: An Object That Has Been Handed Down Through the Generations

Our HEIRLOOM objects are personal objects of importance that have been given to us by older family members. Objects in this classification may have belonged to the same family over many years, adding to our family narrative. These items hold great emotional providence symbolising where we have come from. HEIRLOOM belongings play a role in linking us to our intergenerational past. An expectation is placed on these items for us to hold on to them and pass them down to our younger members in the future. These items usually, but not always, hold a monetary value such as jewellery, antiques, items with brand names and/or of iconic design. HEIRLOOM belongings can also be associated with a defining life event such as marriage, military service or anniversaries. Abby, a To Keep or Not To Keep supporter, had this to say about what she created using one of her heirloom items: ‘My grandmother’s wedding dress was so special but taking up space I didn’t have. When my daughter was married we chose to use the fabric to tie around the bride and bridesmaids’ flower bouquets. It made us feel happy to have found such a special use for it.’

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Sentimental Objects: An Item That Prompts Feelings From the Past

Our SENTIMENTAL items are the precious treasures we own that instantly evoke feelings of nostalgia. We will have strong emotional attachment and meaning associated with it. These objects tend to be associated with our past identity and can give us feelings of connectedness with our world. These items are not always used as they have an emotional purpose for the owner. Wedding ephemera and baby-related objects can spark moments of reflection that can transport us back in time to when and where this memory took place. Holding on to an excessive amount of SENTIMENTAL objects will take up prized space in our homes. Set yourself some ground rules on what should be kept, especially if these items could add value to others if still in good condition. Schedule some time to curate these objects at least once every six months and filter out the excess. Your rule might be as simple as letting go of one thing every time it is sorted through. Taking a photo is a great way to reclaim the space and still enjoy the feeling this item gives to you when you see it. To Keep or Not To Keep client Shelly had this to say about her SENTIMENTAL items: ‘I have always kept my children’s artwork in labelled boxes. I would write the dates on the back as soon as they came home. For my daughter’s 21st birthday I went through and selected the best ones to photograph and scan to make a photo book. Then I was able to recycle them all and use the space they were taking up for other essential items.’

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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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Significant Objects: An Item of Great Importance That Is Meaningful

A SIGNIFICANT item is an imperative item that symbolises and/or provides proof of a milestone, event or situation that has occurred in our lives or in the lives of our loved ones. Our own identity- shaping rituals such as weddings, christenings and funerals play a pivotal role in our lives and culture. Objects obtained during these life-altering events such as our wedding rings, presents and certificates all serve to signify that these events occurred. Tokens from our own childhood and from our children’s babyhood contribute to our significant items by creating artefacts that were once value adding but now are relics of a past self. So too are our photographs in and out of albums. They are a visual record of our lives lived and these can stretch back through several generations. Less joyous are the hardcopy paperwork works we need to keep, including legal documents and contracts. These may include house deeds, tax records, rental agreements, certificates and instruction manuals. The digital revolution is assisting us greatly with capturing, recording and storing these items more efficiently. To Keep or Not To Keep client Jack had this to say about his way of managing SIGNIFICANT items: ‘After taking photos of the things I am ready to say goodbye to I create albums and call them my “Memory Files” and store them in the cloud. That way when I access them they can be downloaded straight to my phone or laptop.’

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Luxury Objects: An Expensive Item That Provides Great Comfort and Status

A LUXURY item is an object of elegance, lavishness and opulence. These items tend to be associated with money and were expensive to obtain. These items will add value to our lives in a few diverse ways. LUXURY household appliances may add a certain amount of functionality by assisting us in completing tasks quicker and easier, and saving us time. In our modern lives these objects have become almost indispensable for our busy lives. These items may also add value to our lives by raising our status. Owning such objects is a way of illuminating our preferences to others in our community and beyond. When we PICK our LUXURY objects our decision making can be the most difficult. When an object has both a perceived and financial value it can be harder to let go. If we feel we have not received the full value of an object we have paid for, even if we are not using it, we will naturally want to keep it. To Keep or Not To Keep client Katheryn had this to say about her LUXURY objects: ‘The bottom of my pantry was so cluttered with whiz-bang appliances I had bought over the years. Some were worth every cent, some were not. I was cross with ones I had not used. The fairy floss maker was the first of these to go!’

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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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