I sometimes try to think of the object as if it has emotions and a purpose in life.
And it's not ACHIEVING its purpose in life if it's sitting in my closet, undone. So by giving it away to someone who *will* use it, I accomplish many good things for many people
--for the needlework kit, I help it achieve its life goal by giving it to someone who will appreciate it
--for another needleworker, I help them by getting something in their hands that they will enjoy
--for myself, I gain space on a shelf
--I gain space in my mind (I'm not thinking of that kit each time I go past it)
--I gain space in my emotions (I don't feel guilty that I haven't done it)
--I gain space in my schedule (I don't try to set aside time to do it)
--I gain space in my hobby, because I'm free to start something I actually LIKE more than those kits)
--for myself, I gain "credit with the universe" by giving my "gleanings" to people who could actually use them, instead of trying to wrest every ounce of value out of what is, essentially, my "plenty."
(I was struck by God's instructions to the Israelites in Leviticus 19:10.)http://bible.cc/leviticus/19-10.htm
You are not to gather your vineyard or pick up the fallen grapes of your vineyard. Leave something for the poor and the resident alien who lives among you. I am the LORD your God."