Maybe your adult children left behind boxes of their childhood treasures or an ex- left behind stuff that they didn’t care about. Or, it could be simpler, you had a party, and someone left behind their cake tray or a pretty serving dish.
If you live or work near the person, try to make time to return the item to them. Or, arrange for a time when they can pick up the item. If this isn’t going to happen, call them and tell them you plan on shipping the item to the person. If you haven’t talked to your ex- for years, then they aren’t looking for the items they left behind.
Even a small item can create a burden because it is an unfinished task. You keep moving the item around so to not forget it needs to be returned to someone else. If you move, why are you paying to cart around your children’s or ex’s stuff? (So, if you balk at the idea of mailing the items, consider if you’ve already paid to move the items with you to your new home).
Only if this task doesn’t apply to you: Clear one item from your desk.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.