Sometimes the biggest problem with getting rid of junk around the house is deciding whether you'll ever use an item again. To help solve for this, Psychology Today recommends a simple brain exercise where you visualise purchasing an item again.
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The idea is to see if you'd be willing to purchase the item again at the going rate. Here's how Psychology Today breaks it down:
Let's say you have a digital camera that you are thinking of getting rid of. You can go onto eBay and find out how much similar cameras have sold for. This gives you a good idea of what you could get for yours if you sold it. Now, ask yourself: "If I didn't already own this camera, would I pay that much for it?" If the answer is no, then sell it immediately. Indeed, if you have remorse you can always buy another one, probably for a cheaper price.
The reason this works is because when you imagine you don't own an item you get a better idea of its true value. It's essentially a way to trick yourself into working out of the endowment effect that suggests when we own something, we value it more.
Using Imagination to Reduce Clutter In Your Home [Psychology Today]