My quest to scale down and pare back continues. Below are some questions to consider when looking at one's belongings and prospective purchases.
For items already owned:
Does this fit me? (Whether physically or emotionally, where I am now and who I want to be?)
If it does not physically fit, can it be altered? Is it worth the hassle and/or cost?
Does this have negative memories or emotions associated with it?
Do I love it?
Is it unique or beautiful?
Does seeing it around my house amuse me or otherwise bring me pleasure?
Do I use it regularly?
Does it fill a specific need or do double duty?
Does owning it and maintaining it actively add value to my life?
Am I keeping it for a dream lifestyle that exists only in my head?
If gotten rid of, would it be difficult to reacquire if it was needed after all?
Do I know somebody who would benefit more by being given this item than the use I am currently (or not) getting out of it?
Can I consume the content of the item in such a way that I don’t have to store it? (digital media)
For prospective purchases:
Does this work with what I already have?
Is it a more attractive or durable replacement for something I’ve used a lot?
If I buy it, will I use it frequently enough to justify the cost-per-use?
If this isn’t an emergency and I am unsure whether I’ll enjoy the item long-term, do I know somebody I can borrow it from to try it out first?
Am I feeling less-than in some way and am I shopping to make the feeling go away?
Does the item live up to the high standards of what I already own?
Is the item worth the time I worked for the money and the time it will take to maintain it?
Will purchasing this item slow down my long-term goals?