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When it comes to decluttering tricks, there are many. From mantras and frenetic purges to viral methods, we go to great lengths to get things out of our homes. But there’s one popular trope that always works—and it involves showing yourself how often you use something, or, actually, how often you don’t.
It’s why the backwards hanger trick works for thinning out your closet to items that actually get worn. Or why it’s so easy to get rid of things once they’ve been boxed up in storage for a while: You realize that if you haven’t needed to get into the box all year long, you can confidently get rid of everything without even peeking inside.
It’s an effective principle because it eliminates the common, nagging decluttering thought hurdle of “But what