Cleaning the garage is easy. It can be heavy work, but there are only two questions to answer.
1. Is it useful?
2. Will it be useful in the quantifiable future?
If the answer is ‘no’ to both, then out it goes.
Attics are a lot tougher. Attics are full of memories and emotions. Childhood mementos, items saved for the future; dreams realized, postponed, or dashed; and a fair amount of good old junk all compete for space. It all had a purpose when it went up there.
I hate cleaning out the attic, but the physical and emotional weight of of stuff is reaching critical mass. It needs to go. Wish me luck.