In order to rid yourself of junk, materials, and seemingly valuable items you might use someday, it takes a split second change in your mindset. I must have gotten this gear shifting ability from my dad. When we moved, the one and only time while I was growing up, we got rid of everything. He had no sentiment about things and stuff.
This weekend I went into that zone and rifled through my beloved fabrics, paper, supplies and purged, purged, purged. If you make it over the hump and decide to toss it, there's no looking back. When I unloaded the car at Goodwill I felt relieved and much lighter.
Wisebread lists six reasons we hold onto junk. If you get a handle on these, you may achieve that zen-like state of junk purging.
1. I paid so much for it
2. I have a sentimental attachment to it
3. Someone will be angry if I get rid of it
4. My children will want it someday
5. But it's an heirloom
6. It will be worth so much money someday