The true value of your things

9 Apr 2019

You probably come up against the roadblock a lot when trying to declutter - the value of the item. Value is important because it helps us decide what stays and what goes, and helps us prioritise items.A lot of how we decide what value an item has is flawed, however. We usually go straight to what we paid for it,

or what it might receive if you sold it.

Bec and Tara explore all the ways we can figure out what the true value of your belongings are, to help you work out what really matters, and what can go.

Show Notes:

“Value is imparted by each person differently, for every possible thing that you could name. There is no such thing as intrinsic value without some person assigning that value. And the next person you ask would assign a different value to whatever was being discussed.” Aritra Goswami

When you exchange things you give away whatever you value less.

Cost and value are two different things and for each person value or perceived value is unique.

Gifts, heirlooms, homemade items or memorabilia – these things might not have a monetary value to you because you did not pay for them but they might all have a sentimental value and that is hard to measure.

Value can also be measured in what it gives back to you - the item’s return-on-investment can make it more or less valuable.

“Look around you - all that clutter used to be money.”

There are some key concepts that you can use to express value when it comes to all items in your home and this is a good list to start with:


Creates joy – through beauty, function, memory

Creates happiness – gives you energy or makes you laugh or feel warm and fuzzy

Makes your life easier- is useful or makes a process in your home less burdensome

Not valuable

Fills you with regret

Fills you with guilt or a sensation of being burdened

Robs you of valuable space in your home for no purpose

Is not loved

Drains your energy

Marie Kondo- does not spark ‘joy’

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