The real problem with these lists is they don’t consider the underlying reasons why people hold onto things. Without taking the time, energy and thought to understand why clutter is accumulating, chances are high that it will either simply build up again, or that you’ll feel upset about throwing things away.
I so often see people holding on to things because they want to know they will go to a good home. Here's the catch: while they are sitting unused in your home, office or in storage, they are not being appreciated, used or enjoyed. So often they are adding to crowded areas, heightened anxiety and the ever present weight of procrastination.
And here we hit a question for the ages: how do you manage the excitement and enthusiasm of a child who wants to buy souvenirs for his brother when you, as an adult and one whose passion is to help people reduce clutter and reduce waste in general, know that these souvenirs are unlikely to last beyond a few days?