Having a specific definition of the types of things we want to throw out is important. It’s like a strong mission statement: whenever you find yourself unsure of whether to do something, you can always fall back on your original mission.
I’ve been readying Joshua Becker’s book Clutter-free with Kids and he offered up a beautiful definition of clutter (i.e. the types of things we should be throwing out).
Clutter is a) too much stuff in too small a space; b) anything you no longer use or love; or c) anything that leads to a feeling of disorganization.
I find myself coming back to this definition every time I’m debating whether to pitch an item or not. Write this down and refer to it whenever you get stuck.